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Moving into the 21st Century

Moving into the 21st Century

How Did We Get Here?: A Brief History of NEMA, Part Three In 1977, NEMA moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., a change that reflected the association’s strong interest in the connections between business and politics. Consulting relationships with federal government agencies, especially the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, became stronger. NEMA worked…

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30 Years at NEMA: Advocacy Grew from Proactive Work in Legislation and Regulation

30 Years at NEMA: Advocacy Grew from Proactive Work in Legislation and Regulation

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA I joined NEMA from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s international trade agency in 1982. When NEMA moved its headquarters from New York City to Washington, D.C., in 1977, the change of venue reflected the growing interest and impact of government policy on the electrical equipment and medical imaging industries. The initial…

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Standardizing Electrical Products, 1936-1978

Standardizing Electrical Products, 1936-1978

How Did We Get Here?: A Brief History of NEMA, Part Two As the electrical economy began to recover after 1936, NEMA initiated a series of programs aimed at increasing sales. Rural electrification, promoted by the federal government during the Depression, formed the backbone of the NEMA business development strategy until the early 1960s. NEMA’s most important contribution to the…

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30 Years at NEMA: From Paper Clutter to Computer Ease

30 Years at NEMA: From Paper Clutter to Computer Ease

By Marilyn Williams, Senior Assistant, Technical Services Department, NEMA The most drastic change I have experienced during my years at NEMA is the progress from paper use to electronic ease. I was hired in March 1986 for the engineering department. My major tasks were working with the Codes and Standards (C&S) Committee and NEMA field representatives. These tasks were equally…

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NEMA Emerges

NEMA Emerges

How Did We Get Here?: A Brief History of NEMA, Part One The year 2016 is a significant one for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. It’s an exciting time for electrical manufacturing in the U.S.—as the Transpacific Trade Pact moves towards finalization in the U.S. Congress and the country prepares to be the official partner country to Hannover Messe 2016—and…

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WYSIWYG Evolves to Include What You Don’t See

WYSIWYG Evolves to Include What You Don’t See

30 Years at NEMA By Mike Leibowitz, Program Manager, NEMA I started at NEMA in 1985, when we were located at 2101 L Street in D.C. My first job was in the statistics department, known today as NEMA/BIS. In less than a year, I was promoted to assistant manager. In those days, everything was paper-based. We filled out industry reports…

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1926-2016: NEMA at 90

1926-2016: NEMA at 90

By Kevin J. Cosgriff, President and CEO, NEMA In 1926, when the Electric Power Club and the Associated Manufacturers of Electrical Supplies merged to form the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, then–Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover wrote the following to NEMA President Gerard Swope: “…such an association under proper guidance can perform a very useful service not only to the industry…

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