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The Northern California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association serves the Electrical Contracting Industry in Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties. Here you will find the latest information related to the electrical industry.


NorCal NECA’s Associate Member of the Month

Sims Metal Management (SMM) buys and processes scrap metal from business, other recyclers and the general public. With over 250 processing facilities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, they recycle ferrous and non-ferrous metals. SMM is the world’s largest recycling company operating on five continents.

SMM six different locations here in the Bay Area and Central Valley that can offer a BONUS on material. All members have to do is give Bill Ledwell a call at (408) 494-4261 prior to delivery and he will insure you are well compensated. For more information, please visit their website at



Checking up on the 2019 Construction Outlook

We are halfway through 2019. It has been a period of tariff talks, crippling floods and an elusive infrastructure bill. Have these events thrown the 2019 construction forecast off its axis? The short answer is no.

Dodge Data & Analytics presented a spring update of its 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook on June 12th in Chicago. Dodge’s chief economist and vice president, Robert Murray, shared the latest 2018 performance data and 2019 construction activity to date to paint a picture of an upward construction cycle leveling off. Read more of the report by clicking here.


District IX Meeting Held

The Northern California Chapter was well represented at NECA’s annual District IX Meeting held from June 25th – 27th, in Monterey, CA. Prior to the formal meetings, Executive Directors and Assistant Managers from each Chapter throughout District IX met to discuss the work picture in each area, as well as business development activities and other common issues.

On Wednesday, attendees chose between a few breakout session: 1) Workshop on Prefabrication; 2) Ownership Transition Management Succession; and 3) The Evolution of the Electrical Contractor as an Integrator.

We encourage our contractors to take the opportunity to attend future meetings. The next meeting is being planned for 2020, and we will provide details as they become available.


DIR Contractor Registration Renewal Due June 30, 2019

All contractors who bid and perform on public works projects in California need to complete or renew registrations with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) by June 30, 2019. Renewals opened at the beginning of May, and contractors can now opt to renew for up to three fiscal years. For more information, visit the DIR’s Contractor Registration page by clicking here.


2019 Safety Excellence Award Program

The NorCal NECA/IBEW Local 595 Joint Safety Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Safety Excellence Award Program established to recognize excellence in safety demonstrated by NorCal NECA member contractors and IBEW Local 595 electricians/technicians.

Please refer to the Safety Excellence Award page of the NorCal NECA website for more information and to submit your entries. Submissions must be received by September 27, 2019. Please contact Juanita Mitchell at the Chapter office if you have any questions.


Registration Opens for NECA Convention – Las Vegas

The NECA Show is the #1 Trade Show of its kind in the electrical construction industry. NECA is proud to present the largest gathering of manufacturers and distributors showcasing thousands of solutions contractors need to save time and money on the job, and grow their business. The trade show floor is a virtual classroom, providing the latest technological advances in such areas as power supply, security, tools, integrated building systems, lighting and controls, solar/PV, energy storage, other energy markets and so much more.

Te register for the Convention, follows the below instructions:

  • Log into the NECA Registration & Hotel Booking Website with your individual ID and Last Name.
    • NOTE; please contact the Chapter office if you do not know your individual ID.
  • Once logged in, you as a Chapter member, will automatically be placed into your chapter room block. If you are a member of multiple Chapters, you will be able to select the Chapter with which to proceed.

If you would like assistance with registration and travel, please contact Julie Russell with the Chapter office.


Local Union 180 Negotiations Concluded

Negotiations for the Local 180 Inside Construction Agreement concluded with a settlement ratified by the members of Local 180 on April 18, 2019. The five-year agreement will commence on June 1, 2019, with a $2.10 increase which will be allocated by the membership on May 16, 2019. Click here to view a summary of the settlement.

A copy of the updated Agreement and cost data sheet will be provided after the allocation meeting. Please contact Scot VanBuskirk with the Chapter office should you have any questions.