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E-J Electric Installation aims for excellence, as Ruari McCallion learned from president, Tony Mann Businessexcellence September 07 74 In a year’s time the Yankee Stadium, home of New York’s beloved baseball team, will be torn down and reduced to rubble. Out of the ashes will rise a new, state-of-the-art sports facility to rival the best in the world. The timetable is tight. “There’s no room for slippage,” said Tony Mann, president of E-J Electric Installation (EJEI). “The new stadium has to be ready for the start of the 2009 season.” The lights have to come on, the elevators and HVAC has to work, everything has to be in place. The electrical installation work has been entrusted to Mann’s company, in no small part due to the reputation it has established for excellence, and for delivering on time and to specification. “We’ve grown E-J Electric in a lot of different areas, from power generation to installations for financial services, such as the $50 million contract for the Bank of America at 1111 Avenue of the Americas in New York City,” he said. “We’re installing four 2.4MW multimodule uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units; six 2MW generators that had to be lifted to the seventh floor, with a redundant power system through the whole building.” Cabling runs to around 300 miles, through 68 miles of conduit. But it’s not the biggest project EJEI has undertaken in the past few years. It has been involved in the construction of two 500MW power plants, one for New York Power Authority and the other for Astoria Energy. EJEI was established in 1899, so it can be said to be in its third century of operations. With revenues in the region of $160 million in fiscal 2005 and around 600 employees, this Queens, NYC-based company is the oldest, and probably the largest independent electrical installation and contracting company in the US. It’s still familyowned; Tony Mann is a grandson of Jacques R Mann, who joined in 1912 as an estimator and construction engineer. “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 figuring out how they’re going to do it.” Working in a virtual world brings benefits in terms of speed, productivity and right-first-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 satisfied.” Investment in 3D CAD drawings and virtual simulation takes the EJEI concept a step further. “We’re using 3D in the Yankee Stadium Engineering excellence

September 07 Businessexcellence 75 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.” 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 high-usage 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