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July 07 Businessexcellence 89 agreed process. “The process itself is more efficient in the construction and installation phase and it’s better for the life of the project, too. We look for longer-term issues, like maintenance and repair, anticipate those needs and build-in efficiencies at the start,” said Mann. EJEI works primarily in New York City, Westchester County, and Connecticut but it also has activities further afi eld. It was a founder member of the National Electric Roundtable, a peer review group providing a natural infrastructure of rated and reliable partners in the major regions. It also has alliances with businesses in every state of the US and has worked with partners in the UK, Europe and Far East. “The power generation segment has become our biggest area of operations,” said Mann, “but we also have a strong presence in fi nancial services, retail, airports and transportation, such as the International Arrivals Building at JFK International, for which we installed all the lighting, power, communications and retail for this new facility.” EJEI was also the company entrusted with $22 million of work on the Path Station at the World Trade Center. In six months, it installed all the electrical services a highusage mass transit station needs, from lighting and power, through fi re alarm and heat tracing, to passenger information, emergency telephone, traction control and UPS systems. “We’ve deliberately committed ourselves to growing our business in a controlled manner, across different markets,” said Mann. “We deliver a quality product, which is based on our people. We have foremen and engineers who’ve been with us for 25 years. We believe in looking after our primary assets, and they go home every night. Our people are the foundation of our success. Their knowledge and commitment are what takes us forward.” E-J Electric Installation Jacques R Mann, who joined in 1912 as an estimator and construction engineer. To stay independent all that time is something of a feat; to be able to demonstrate a strong growth curve and to evolve to its present size indicates that this business has something special going for it. “What differentiates us are our engineering abilities,” said Mann. “We have 25 full-time engineers on our payroll, which we believe is the largest number for any electrical contractor in the country.” With that amount of expertise in-house, EJEI is able to offer clients more than just a contracting service. It takes the idea of partnership seriously. “We have a different approach from most in our business,” he continued. “We take every drawing we get from consulting engineers and redo them with Color AutoCad. We generate several sketches, which enable the electricians to work on installation from the start, rather than spending time fi guring out how they’re going to do it.” Working in a virtual world brings benefi ts in terms of speed, productivity and right-fi rst-time accuracy. “The upfront effort pays off for everyone. Construction and installation goes better. Our approach requires a lot of engineering planning but clients are more satisfi ed.” Investment in 3D CAD drawings and virtual simulation takes the EJEI concept a step further. “We’re using 3D in the Yankee Stadium project and it means we’re able to coordinate with other trades more effectively. We can look at everything from a newer, clearer and more effective perspective.” The process will go like this. A foreman will be brought in to work with engineering and provide input from the outset. Practical engineers, project managers and field force will get involved with the process. The drawings, when they are produced, are the finished product, not a step along the way. From there on, it’s a question of following the “We’re using 3D in the Yankee Stadium project and it means we’re able to co-ordinate with other trades more effectively. We can look at everything from a newer, clearer and more effective perspective”

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