T-12 Lighting Phased Out

Lighting Incentives Available for Businesses

Starting July 14th 2012 the United States Department of Energy requires new efficiency standards for the manufacture of linear fluorescent lights.  Magnetic ballasts most commonly used in T12 fluorescent fixtures will no longer be produced.  Simply put, electrical suppliers will no longer be able to purchase replacement lamps or ballasts for your T-12 fixtures.

The simplest retrofit for T-12 lamps and magnetic ballasts is a T8 or T5 lamp and electronic ballast.  This new technology produces higher quality light and less heat resulting in lower air conditioning needs and can save 30 to 40 percent on energy costs.  Portland General Electric and The Energy Trust of Oregon have more information and incentive offers to help you with this change.

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Maureen Named to SBREFA!

Maureen Parkin, member of IEC Oregon Will Represent IEC on SBREFA Panel

Maureen Parkin with Parkin Electric, Inc., a member of IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) Oregon, has agreed to represent IEC and small businesses on a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) panel. The panel will include small business representatives from many trades organized by the Small Business Administration. The panel will provide comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the newly proposed OSHA regulation labeled Injury & Illness Prevention Program (I2P2). OSHA is required to have input from small businesses about the economic impact a regulation may have on small businesses.

Parkin Safety Milestone!

Parkin Electric has been injury free for 3 years!

Parkin Electric is proud to note that we have not had a recordable injury for three years, nor have we not had any days missed from work because of injury since 2001.   This stellar safety record (our safety Mod Rate is .79) is an indicator of the effort and commitment that our electricians and management maintain to working safely.  The consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, and hardhats) by Parkin Electric Electricians, and the practice of reviewing each job for hazards and developing a plan (written) to work safely on the each job, contributes to Parkin Electric’s injury free workplace.

Our view is that safety is not a sometimes thing….  a good solid safety culture means working on improvement, everyday, all day, automatically!

Keep up the good work folks!

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Parkin Honored at Ceremony!

Parkin Electric was honored at the 2010 “Best of Oregon City” Chamber of Commerce Event!

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On January 29th,  Parkin Electric was very honored to receive the 2010 “New Member of the Year” award at the annual Oregon City Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony and dinner at the Abernethy Center.  Maureen Parkin has largely been the face of Parkin Electric at numerous chamber functions all year long, and deserves most of the credit for this award.  Unfortunately Maureen had a schedule conflict and was out of town during the awards ceremony, but was dutifully informed and congratulated by her stand-in, via photo texting shortly after the presentation!  Nice job Maureen!

Joining the Chamber has been a great experience for us.  It has provided us the opportunity to network with other businesses, and to become more involved in our community.  The Oregon City Chamber and its members are very active in local government affairs, and supporting the community through volunteering their efforts.

We feel very fortunate to be a part of this dynamic group, thank you for your support!

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February 2011 ChamberWire - Published by the Oregon City Chamber

Oregon Code Committe

Parkin Electric President David Parkin, has been selected as a committee member responsible for assisting the Oregon Building Codes Division in adoption of the 2011 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.

The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code will be based on the coming 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), with Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) Amendments.   Some examples of the previous amendments (2008 Code) are:

  • Egress from working spaces around electrical equipment.
  • Multi-wire branch circuit requirements for grouping and handle ties.
  • Requirements for GFCI and AFCI protection techniques.
  • Lighting and receptacle requirements in dwellings.
  • Requirements for raceways in wet locations.
  • Weather resistant and tamper resistant receptacles.
  • Requirements for electrified truck parking spaces.

The work of this committee is very important in providing pertinent and specific amendments to the NEC, and Parkin Electric is proud to be a contributing part of this process.

Congrats Dave!

Parkin Works Lead Safe!

Parkin Electrician’s Work Lead Safe

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As a Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor with Oregon Construction Contractors Board (LBPR35151) Parkin Electric can help you renovate right.  Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted services in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.   The rule applies to disturbance of more than 6 square feet of interior painted surfaces and 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces or window replacement or demolition.  Lead paint dust is the way most people are exposed to lead and children are at the highest risk for being affected from lead exposure.  If your home or facility was built before 1978 and we will be disturbing any interior painted surface greater that 6 square feet,  Parkin Electric can test the painted surfaces to be disturbed to verify the presence of lead.  We are trained to contain the work area to prevent the spread of dust and in the proper procedures to thoroughly clean the work area.  For more information about the EPA’s Lead Rule visit their website at epa.gov/getleadsafe or call the EPA’s hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).


Parkin Hosts OC Chamber!

We had the honor of hosting the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce GMOC (Good Morning Oregon City) event this morning.

Parkin Electric hosted the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce weekly networking event this morning.  We want to thank everyone for attending, and for the support of our fellow Chamber Members.

Chamber Works!

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Congrats to Sequoia Boom!

Sequoia Boom, daughter of long time Parkin Electric employee Michael “Mikey” Boom, was recently announced as a winner in the National IEC Safety Calendar Contest!

Sequoia’s art work was chosen for inclusion in the new 2011 IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors Association) Safety Calendar from entries submitted Nation Wide!

Congratulations Sequoia, we are proud of you!

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Parkin Sponsors “Buy Local”

Support Your Local Community!

Parkin Electric Electricians have been serving the Oregon City area for 19 years!  To show our commitment to the Oregon City Community, we have become a Business Leader Sponsor of the “Buy Local Oregon City” Campaign.  We are making a commitment to buy local when possible, and to raise awareness of buying locally through our business and community activities.  Parkin Electric has long supported this concept by providing discounted services to Oregon City residents and business.

Call us and find out how you can save on electrical repairs and installations.

Please join us in supporting our community and “Buy Local Oregon City!”

For more information visit: www.buylocal.oregoncity.org

Parkin in Eaton Spotlight!

Parkin Electric is excited to be featured in the current June 2010 Eaton Corporation ECCN Member Spotlight!

We have been a member of the Eaton ECCN (Eaton Certified Contractor Network) for a little over a year, and have already benefited from this association.   Being a member of this network will pay some long term benefits as we avail ourselves of the pricing, training and technical expertise of this industry leading company.

We were originally interested in furthering our relationship with Eaton because we have had a long and successful history with their people and products, and feel that aligning ourselves with this progressive and innovative company will further enhance the strengths and capabilities ofParkin Electric as we look toward expanding and growing our company.

Thanks for the spotlight Eaton!

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June 2010 Member Spotlight

Company Name: Parkin Electric
Location: Oregon City, OR

Much of Parkin Electric’s business comes from repeat customers and referrals and this speaks volumes about their company. What accounts for their apparent success? “Developing strong relationships both with customers and vendors alike” says Wade Parkin, who along with his brother Dave operate Parkin Electric. He also gives credit to Eaton’s strong local presence and the responsiveness of their local engineers. “…they have been responsive to product application questions and, on the rare occasion we have had product deficiencies, the response has been quick and efficient.”

Parkin Electric has 17 employees and 10 service/support vehicles and are a third (almost fourth) generation company based in Oregon City, OR serving Oregon and SW Washington. Their long and positive relationship with Eaton has been a plus for them and they feel that by aligning their company with Eaton and becoming knowledgeable about Eaton products they will reap long-term benefits.

Wade also shared an example of why they feel that their use of Eaton products has resulted in a competitive advantage for them. It had to do with Eaton’s flexibility to customize products to fit specific application needs. The example he gave was of a custom built switchboard designed and built to fit an existing outdoor enclosure in a large high-rise assisted living facility. “By using the existing enclosure we were able to duplicate the exact position of the existing switches and breakers, which eliminated splicing or re-pulling the existing critical circuits. The creativity that the Eaton team brought to this problem allowed us to simplify the installation, thereby greatly reducing downtime and the associated risk to our customer’s facility and systems.”

After attending an ECCN Certification Training Class in Portland, Oregon in May of last year it got them to thinking.  Wade says “the benefit to us with ECCN training is that it really started us thinking about new and innovative ways to advance, enhance and re-shape our business.”

The economic slowdown has afforded Parkin the opportunity and time to make sure their business “foundation” is solid for the coming economic recovery. Part of their game plan is to make sure their technicians benefit from the product training and selling techniques that are available online at the ECCN website. Their advice to others is to avail yourselves of any outside resources which might add to your knowledge base. They felt that “by joining with a company with the resources of Eaton just makes good sense!”

Their involvement with many trade organizations is also a plus for their business in that they have been selected to serve on several national advisory council committees. In this way they have been able to increase their exposure to a wide range of ideas and networking opportunities.

Having successfully built their reputation for the past 60 years they are in the process of implementing a plan for significant growth for their company for the upcoming years. They feel confident that their solid relationship with Eaton will strengthen and enhance their long term goals.

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