A record number of contractors and industry professionals were on hand at the Independent Electrical Contractors’ (IEC) 45th annual Convention and Electric Expo 2002 to applaud the group’s Foundation for raising almost $560,000 in equipment grants for their apprenticeship training centers. With the help of manufacturers like Siemens, Square D, and Greenlee Textron, the Foundation received enough equipment to award grants to 14 IEC chapters that requested materials.

Those on hand had several other things to keep them entertained during the convention. Keynote speaker Frank Miles discussed techniques for conquering fear in the professional and personal situations, and educational sessions ranged from labor relations issue to marketing strategies for improving business.

“We were happy to see such a great turnout for this important event,” says IEC national president Gary Baumgartner.