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Date: February 11, 2002
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Incorporated Completes New History of the National Electrical Contractors Association

A new book written by History Associates Incorporated (HAI) of Rockville, Maryland, and published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) promises to be a landmark history of the electrical, construction, and telecommunications industries.  Empowering an Industry: One Hundred Years of the National Electrical Contractors Association is the engaging story of the men and women who wired America from the earliest days of the incandescent bulb to the computer age. It was Thomas Edison who recognized that his light bulb and the developing power grid all depended on a cadre of skilled technicians. NECA’s founding at the wondrously illuminated Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo in1901 was a recognition of this insight. The group was determined to empower the electrical contractors who in turn empowered the American electrical industry. In a work that combines exhaustive research and documentation with solid storytelling skills, HAI senior historian Kathleen J. Nawyn recounts how NECA contractors organized, built an industry, and oversaw the repeated transformation of that industry. Along the way NECA grappled with labor unions, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, and new technologies such as fiber optics. The book acknowledges that the contractors association was sometimes all-too-human in its reluctance to change. Yet NECA ultimately engaged these new challenges, just as it had engaged others in earlier times.

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For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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