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Reasons to Consider an LED Retrofit for Your Business

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

These days, green is the new black. With consumers becoming more eco-conscious about their purchases, better lighting options are abundant. Here are a few reasons why switching to LED lighting is beneficial for a greener workplace while also keeping more green in your wallet!

Life Expectancy The life expectancy of some LED bulbs is up to 100,000 hours. At 100% operation this is about 11 years. At 50%, this gives about 22 years for just one bulb or fixture. Their longevity also means less maintenance and upkeep. When bulbs eventually do start to age and fail, they tend to simply give off less light gradually over time instead of burning out at once, which can indicate in advance for you to expect an upcoming call to your electrician for service.

Efficiency LED bulbs are very energy efficient; they rate between 80%-90% efficiency-meaning 80%-90% of the energy they use is allocated toward the actual light they emit. With incandescent bulbs, only about 20% of their energy goes toward emitting light, while the rest is turned into heat and other forms of energy that are wasted or simply unwanted.

Durability LED’s are built with highly durable components that can easily withstand shock, vibration, and external impacts as well as rain, wind, and severe weather. They are also better able to perform in extremely hot or cold temperatures in which other types of lighting, for example fluorescents, can struggle and lose lighting quality and overall functionality.

Emissions LED lighting gives off very little infrared light and close to zero UV emissions, making it ideal for heat sensitive goods and materials, as well as the illumination of delicate items, such as art and historical documents displayed in museums and galleries.

Electricity Cost Savings Finally, our favorite reason! LED lighting really does save money. They are more affordable now than ever, and due to fierce competition-almost every lighting manufacturer makes them; they are definitely a realistic alternative. Even though they are still more expensive than incandescent lighting, if you factor in things like lifespan and actual energy usage, they will no doubt pay for themselves over time, while allowing the consumer to save in electric costs immediately!

So, you see, LED lighting is a great idea not only for environmental reasons but for quality of lighting and savings, too! Contact us for a quote for an LED retrofit for your business or project today!

 

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Clean Energy Tax Incentives for Small Businesses

Posted on Dec 22, 2016

As a business owner the thought of spending money on making your business more energy efficient may seem overwhelming. We have all heard how doing so can save money and resources in the long run, yet that still might not ease our minds when we cannot always physically see immediate savings, especially when it comes to energy usage. Many cities, Kansas City included, now offer rebates for upgrades such as installing new HVAC units, energy-efficient lighting, water heating systems, and certain building and facility upgrades. Most standard rebates do not need pre-approval for these upgrades, only a simple form and accompanying documentation submitted after completion of the project- assuming the upgrades meet all necessary requirements.

With tax season just around the corner, rebates and tax incentives are something to consider with the start of a new year. Tax credits for certain upgrades in addition to rebates from local electric companies are making the possibility of becoming energy efficient a cost effective reality for business owners everywhere. Let Trademark Electric help you with your electrical upgrade needs this upcoming year to make sure you receive those rebates and credits come next tax season. Even if it is something small, such as switching to L.E.D bulbs or a bigger job such as retrofitting parking areas and building lighting, Trademark Electric does it all!

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ill Paw Shop?

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Have you ever driven down a busy road and noticed a store with a half-lit business sign? Sometimes you chuckle if you notice it spells out something funny like ” ill Paw Shop” instead of “Bill’s Pawn Shop.” Sometimes you may come across a sign that is completely dark. If you’re a new customer trying to find that particular store, that’s not helpful at all. Does it ever make you think, why don’t they just replace the bulbs in their sign? Seems easy, right?

That’s where Trademark Electric comes in. Part of what we do, besides replacing the burned out lights in your sign, is to keep checking back, on a regular basis, to make sure your lights are still bright and working at night. As a very busy business owner, that’s one less thing you have to worry about. It’s difficult to measure how many potential customers are lost due to the fact they couldn’t find you because your sign was dark. Why spend time and money on advertising when people can’t find you?  If your sign is dark, dim or half-lit, you’re not putting your best foot forward. Trademark can help you with that. We’re here for even your seemingly smallest electrical needs. And we’ll be there for you long term. Just give us a call today!

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Who is Trademark?

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Brett Magee, Owner and President

Brett is the owner and President of Trademark Electric, Inc.  He is a Master Electrician with over 20 years of commercial electrical experience. Brett understands what his government and commercial clients need.  He’s passionate about quality customer service, and recognizes the power of business integrity.

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Melissa McNeill, Office Manager

Melissa is the one who keeps our operation going.  She has a BA degree in Business Administration, and 15 years business experience with major corporations including:  5 in years project management, 5 years in finance, and 2 years in strategic planning and development.  She’s responsible for the management of all accounting, financial, administrative, and personnel operations.

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Robert Howell, Project Manager/Military Estimator

Robert is our main Military Estimator who is familiar with all aspects of providing quality work for government projects. His attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the National Electrical Code and electrical specifications allow him to easily meet the expectations of our government customers.

 

Steven Scovel, Project Manager/Estimator

Steven Scovel is our in-house Project Manager/Electrical Estimator.  Steven has been in the electrical trade over 40 years serving in the Kansas City area for almost 25 years.  His present position at Trademark Electric consists of many responsibilities related to estimating new projects and maintaining excellent relationships with customers.

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Ashley Walker, Administrative Assistant

Ashley is our administrative support professional.  She has an Associate Degree in Business Management and over 10 years experience in office work. Her organizational skills help keep everything running smoothly.

 

Shawn Dahlstrom, Operations and Service Manager

Shawn is in charge of the day-to-day operations of our Service Department. He coordinates service calls to support customer’s needs and strives to ensure we get jobs done in a timely manner, as well as oversees the Shipping/Receiving and Procurement departments.

 

The Electricians!

These guys are the heart of Trademark.  This is just a few of their faces.  It’s proven difficult to get a picture of them all together because they’re busy working hard in the field every day doing quality work and maintaining Trademark’s amazing reputation.  We are thankful for the continued loyalty of our electricians and excited about a future with our newest guys. Together they bring many, many years of experience in electrical contracting. We couldn’t do it without them.

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Each employee plays an important part on our team. We are thankful for everyone’s hard work.

Please remember Trademark for all your commercial and government electrical contracting needs!

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Immediate Employment for Operation’s Manger – Apply Now!

Posted on Apr 02, 2015

ELECTRICAL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Immediate Employment – Apply NOW

Trademark Electric is seeking an Operations Manager to help with our growing needs. We are Kansas City’s premier Commercial & Industrial Electrical Contractor who also focuses on Federal Sales. We do not perform any residential work.

Job Summary:

We are in need of an experienced Full Time Operations Manager that can work autonomously and is knowledgeable of the commercial electrical field. This position will handle small estimates, procurement/inventory management, and dispatching of our technicians to work sites.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Manage daily technician scheduling and dispatch technicians to associated work sites
  • Prioritize and re-prioritize work to meet deadlines, new work, and changing requirements
  • Coordinate, procure and manage delivery of specific project material, inventory, and service-related material requests
  • Maintain database of pricing, inventory and product-related information
  • Audit inventory
  • Develop and maintain a professional rapport with suppliers
  • Verify quantities, prices and types of items received against invoices/purchase orders
  • Provide cost estimates of material, labor and equipment on small jobs up to a maximum of $5,000
  • Maintain an open, communicative relationship with all technicians
  • Escalate issues when required
  • Other job related duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good math skills
  • Able to read blueprints and schematics
  • Well organized
  • Able to multitask
  • Must pass background check and drug screening

Education and/or Experience

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Must be eligible to work in the US on a permanent basis
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be drug and alcohol free

5+​ Years experience in the Electrical Contracting industry

  • 3+ Years of Electrical Estimating experience is a plus
  • Dispatching experience in a construction field or service-related industry preferred

Benefits:

  • Partial Paid Health Insurance
  • 401K
  • Paid Vacation/Holidays

 

Send your resume to Brett@kcelectrician.net !

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Seeking Commercial, Industrial, and Service Electricians — Apply NOW!

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

Immediate Employment — Apply NOW!

Trademark Electric is seeking several Commercial, Industrial, and Service Electricians to help with our growing needs.  We are Kansas City’s premier Commercial & Industrial Electrical Contractor who also focuses on Federal Sales. Additional information can be found at www.kcelectrician.net . We do not perform any residential work.

Job Summary:

We are in need of several experienced, Full Time Commercial, Industrial and Service Electricians.  You must have a minimum 5 years experience in Commercial/Industrial Electrical.  Projects will vary from new construction to tenant finish to service and repair. Industrial experience working with the Corps of Engineers on prevailing wage projects is a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works in a safe, efficient manner consistent with the duties of an industrial maintenance electrician.​
  • Has a working knowledge of the NEC and NFPA 70E codes and requirements for workplace electrical safe practice and procedures.​
  • Works from information obtained from engineering drawings, electrical diagrams, simple and complex sketches as well as other related documents and verbal field instructions necessary to perform assigned duties.​
  • Completes Daily work records and activity reports.​
  • Participates in the safety and good housekeeping programs established by the Company.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must comply with Company Driving Policy.
  • Must have the following abilities:

–      Able to read all types of blueprints and schematics.

–      Able to use different types of electrical meters associated with the task to troubleshoot electrical problems

–      Able to multi-task

–      Able to install conduit, wiring, and electrical equipment as directed

–      Able to document changes in written formats

–      Able to plan and execute in written form a safe job plan utilizing electrical safe work practices

–      Able to install and set-up electrical power distribution devices including blade switches, circuit breakers, relays, etc.​

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Has experience operating a forklift and man lift, valid existing certification preferred.​
  • Must be a eligible to work in the US on a permanent basis.​
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be drug and alcohol free.
  • Must be capable of passing a drug screening and background check.
  • Five or more years related experience in an industrial environment.
  • Certified electrician or equivalent experience.

Benefits:

  • Excellent Pay Hourly
  • Partial Paid Health Insurance
  • 401K
  • Paid Vacation/Holidays

 

Send your resume to brett@kcelectrician.net !

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Electrical Safety in Storm Season

Posted on Mar 06, 2015

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It may not feel like Spring just yet, but it’s just around the corner. Spring season means storm season in the Midwest, and a higher chance of electrical mishaps. Read the following advice and keep it in mind so that you can avoid electrical hazards.

If you are outside during a storm:

  • Stand away from other people.
  • Avoid water, and metal. Stay away from anything damp, even grass.
  • Don’t stand near trees or any tall objects. Move to a low point. Lighting will strike the tallest object.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

If you are driving during a storm:

  • Use caution. Drive slowly, or pull off the road to a safe area if possible.
  • Do not use electronic devices in your car.
  • Do not leave your vehicle, unless you have to. If so, jump out with both feet so that they touch the ground at the same time.

 If you are inside during a storm:

  • Use cordless phones.
  • Avoid contact with water and plumbing.
  • If you have time before the storm, unplug all electrical devices from the walls.
  • Stay clear of windows and doors.

The most important thing to remember is to be aware of your surroundings and avoid hazardous electrical situations if you can. Call 911 immediately if there is an electrical situation that endangers you or others.

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Invest in Your Energy Future

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

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Sure there are things you can do now to save on your energy bill next month (see our post on Energy Saving Tips for Your Business) but what about the future of energy in your business? There are several things you can do now that may cost more but will save you more in the long run.

 

High Energy Efficiency Products- The most important thing to remember when you go shopping for new products and equipment is that they are energy efficient, such as ENERGY STAR® certified equipment.

Power Strips- Use advanced power strips to save energy and make turning off unused electronics much easier.

Door Seals- Take a look at your refrigerator door seals, and seals on doors that lead to the outside. Consider replacing them if there if they are old or you suspect not working properly.

Windows- Replace those drafty windows with newer energy conscience windows.

Insulation- Improve insulation in walls and ceilings to decrease temperature control needs.

Exit Signs- Replace your old exit signs with energy efficient longer lasting LED exit signs.

Computers- Consider switching from desktop to laptop computers, which use considerably less energy.

 

These options are more costly now but will pay for themselves in no time. Make the step to help your business save money and be more energy efficient.

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Vince & Associates Project

Posted on Jan 05, 2015

Trademark Electric is currently doing electrical work on a new clinical research building for Vince & Associates. So far we have installed temporary electrical service, and performed ground rough-in. Check in later for an update on how this project is progressing.

Don’t forget to check in with us on Facebook!

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Trademark’s 2014 Holiday Celebration

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

Trademark Electric celebrated our annual holiday party this last Saturday, December 6th. Employees were treated to an awesome dinner and show at the Improv Comedy Club located in Zona Rosa. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun! Trademark has experienced fantastic growth in 2014 and we are looking forward to what is in store for us in the coming year!

 

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