EC&M received a record number of entries for the 2004 Product of the Year competition. A panel of judges, including electricians, engineers, and facility managers, evaluated the entries and selected finalists in 21 product categories. The following are the category winners, which were announced at the Electric West show in early February. These 21 finalists went on to compete for the 2004 EC&M Product of the Year Platinum Award, which honors excellence in new product development in the electrical industry.