The Purchasing Group is comprised of lead purchasing professionals from the FEC Member companies across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The group includes veteran buyers as well as new comers with a goal of improving each company’s procurement, maximizing value and our bottom lines.
Combined, we have the largest buying power in the marketplace for electrical commodities and package procurement with buying power of over 5 billion dollars. We are able to leverage this to earn service incentives across the network that we individually may not be able to. We share best practices including forms, vendor services, and processes for the betterment of our individual workplaces. We can provide out of district price checks, fulfill emergency orders from local stock, and share vendor feedback with each other confidentially.
Our goal is to serve our internal and external customers to perfection. The support we offer each other is invaluable and has proven success.
Advanced Technology Group
The FEC’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) is a national network of industry-leading, specialized technology contractors dedicated to providing our customers with high-quality coordinated design and installation services, regardless of geographical location.
The FEC-ATG has changed the landscape of datacom contracting & design services, creating a joint-venture network which brings leading specialized contractors together whenever and wherever special resources are needed. FEC-ATG joint ventures have proven themselves again and again on challenging projects for many of the world's leading companies, large and small.
The FEC Safety Committee pursues the protection of the safety, health, and environment of electrical contractors and employees across the nation. The group is comprised of safety professionals from various backgrounds and skill levels, allowing for a diverse contribution of compliance insights from various viewpoints.
The committee convenes regularly to discuss furthering compliance of government regulations (code of federal regulations) and company policies through education, discussions, and inclusion of subject matter experts.
The FEC Safety Group is endeavoring to raise awareness of safety and health to promote voluntary activities by implementing for all employees the education and training required to improve safety and health
Comprised of a national network of the industry-leading FEC companies, the goal of the Finance Committee is to provide meaningful information and guidance to FEC members that will assist them in analyzing their businesses and improving their operations.
To achieve this goal, the Committee gathers and analyzes the annual financial results of the FEC members, identifying trends and measuring various ratios and metrics. The Committee also interacts with the financial representatives of the FEC members throughout the year to discuss various financial topics.
The Committee’s findings are presented to members annually, at which time the results and conclusions reveal top-performing members based on specific criteria. An annual salary survey is also conducted, resulting in identification of additional trends and insights. An annual CFO Roundtable in conjunction with the annual financial meeting allows for collaboration amongst the CFOs, providing a forum to discuss relevant and timely topics.
Virtual Design Group
Using the latest in collaborative technologies, FEC is a leader in design and construction efficiency. Whether during the earliest stages of design or while mitigating the difficulties of construction, our Virtual Design and Construction team partners with other trade partners, the design team, and ownership. In doing so, we ensure that our planned installations are provided in the safest and most efficient means possible. This also simplifies the operations of the building long after our initial construction efforts are complete. The cornerstone of this process is Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).
Our VDC services provide our construction teams an unparalleled level of clarity and transparency into the intent of the final construction product, long before the first shovel hits the dirt. Our process begins with the right personnel for the task, ranging from Lead Designers and MEP Coordinators to Professional Engineers and seasoned Chief Estimators with decades of experience. Those professionals are then given the finest computers, software, and testing equipment available to convert a theoretical idea of a project into a dynamic virtual realization of the building. These tools feed seamlessly into our prefabrication and scheduling efforts. This clean transition into construction processes provide tremendous improvements in our overall quality, job-site safety, and expedience in project delivery.
Once in construction, our field supervisory team optimizes the flow of information and shared construction knowledge through the use of digital plan rooms, smart boxes, foreman iPads, and live-time construction scheduling that encompasses all aspects of our operation. Aside from maintaining the overall project schedule, these tools allow our entire construction team, whether virtual or physical, to communicate their inter-dependencies, schedule deliverables throughout the project lifecycle, and promote prefabricated installations for our projects.