IEC Welcomes Candels Estimating as Bronze Industry Partner

IEC is proud to announce that Candels Estimating will join its community of industry partners as a Bronze Partner. Candels Estimating provides a range of services from the typical “plans and specs” projects to those requiring budgeting, design, or value engineering.

“We are excited to welcome Candels Estimating as a Bronze Partner,” said Thayer Long, IEC National executive vice president/CEO. “With its customized business consulting, Candels offers IEC members all the tools to meet their estimating needs.”

With a broad range of services, Candels Estimating, can coach IEC members through project negotiations, change order preparation and approval, and claims as well as find project leads, deciding what jobs to bid, determining the “right” number on bid day, and closing the sale.

“Candels Estimating is delighted to renew our association with IEC,” said Linda Candels, Vice President of Candels Estimating, LLC. “As a former Bronze Partner, Candels recognizes the benefits of a partnership with this organization and looks forward to involvement in both national and local IEC events. Candels has always been committed to the betterment of the electrical industry through education and training in the electrical estimating field, project management, and business consulting.”

The 2014 National Electrical Code as been Published

The NFPA has officially released the new 2014 National Electrical Code.  The code is updated every 3 years, so the next one will not be published until 2017.  For any states adopting the NEC on an annual basis, the new code will take effect on January 1, 2014.  Please note, however, that some states do not automatically adopt the latest code.  Check with your location authority having jurisdiction for your local requirements.

If you would like to order a copy, please click here and you will be directed to the NFPA site.


Candels opens its all new Candels Electrical Training Academy in Fort Myers Florida

Often we are asked the question “Where can I go to learn how to be an electrical estimator?” Until now, the answers ranged from on the job training (also known as “trial by fire”), peer mentoring, and one-on-one training with an outsourced estimating consultant.

The wait is over! Candels Estimating, the leader in outsourced estimating consulting, has launched a new venture called the Candels Electrical Training Academy.

Although our main focus is on estimating, we have a lot to share with you! Besides courses in beginning, intermediate and advanced estimating, Candels will also be offering classes geared to the office/estimating assistant, project manager, foreman, and the contractor.

Candels has always been dedicated to the betterment of the electrical industry through education and training. When you contract with Candels to do a take-off for you, we not only do the take-off but give you a lot of “value added extras” which differentiates us from our competitors. Our job doesn’t stop at the take-off. We are always available to discuss bid strategy, GC negotiations, claims and so much more!

If you want to learn to estimate the right way, you must understand the fundamentals. The Candels curriculum will give each student a solid basis on which to build his skills.

Why not learn estimating from the estimating experts?


Candels Boards the Train to Essex, CT

Candels is on the move!  After nearly 10 years of having an office in Niantic, CT, the Candels team has officially moved to Essex, CT as of July, 2013.

Our new office is located in a historic mill building that once housed the E.E. Dickinson Company, a family owned company established in the 1860’s for the production of witch hazel, a mild astringent which was used as a family remedy for a variety of minor ills.  The company operated on this site from the mid-1800’s until the mid 1980’s when the family sold the business.  What remains of the original site is the large water tower, the main office building, and a tank building, where our office is located.  Our new office is also steps away from the historic Essex Steam Train and River Boat Ride, owned by the Valley Railroad Company.  Here you can board a real steam powered train from the Essex Station, built in 1892.  The scenic ride takes in lovely views along the Connecticut River and stops in Deep River for passengers to disembark and take a ride on the Becky Thatcher down the Connecticut River.

There certainly is a lot of history behind our move….both our company history and the historic nature of the Essex area.  With that in mind, we look to the future and our next 10 years in business with hope and aspiration.  And many thanks to our customers who have been with us throughout our journey.  Cheers!