Dear NECA line contractors:

Outside contractors and linemen, without a doubt, are a vital part of the electrical construction industry. And it goes without saying the National Electrical Contractors Association could not be the successful organization it has become without the commitment that you bring to your work.

With that in mind, both Tom and I want to make a direct appeal to you to attend the NECA 2018 Convention and Trade Show in Philadelphia (Sept. 29-Oct. 2). We are offering a special registration package for outside contractors like you. Although it’s something you might have passed on in previous years, our annual convention and trade show remains one of the highlights of the year – for NECA and the industry. It’s the perfect place to learn new ideas and reconnect with old colleagues.

What’s special about this for outside contractors? You’ll be able to come for a weekend package that includes the opening reception, top speakers, education and trade show.  If you decide to stay for the full convention or extend your weekend, you’ll be invited to a special dinner Monday night organized by the Northeast Line Chapter.

This year, on Sunday, Sept. 30, we will offer a special Apprentice Appreciation Day for more than 2,000 (both inside and outside). There will be a full agenda for Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m., with speakers, sponsors and a town hall discussion with IBEW International President Lonnie Stevenson, NECA CEO John Grau and NECA President David Long. This day will be a constant reminder and will shine a light on the apprenticeship program and how it works into the fabric of our industry.

You also will have the opportunity to spend time on the trade show floor, where thousands of products, service solutions and live demos meet cutting-edge technology. Browse through the Showstopper Showcase, stop by the Product Presentation Theater, take advantage of the newly innovative TECHTOPIA pavilion, take in some education at one of the technical workshops, or catch a glimpse of an NFL game in the Sports Zone. Most important, stop by the Lineman Pavilion featuring special presentations being presented each hour on the show floor.

Don’t miss out. If you’ve been looking for a rewarding experience, we urge you to consider making the trip to Philadelphia this fall. It’s the first time NECA’s convention will be in the City of Brotherly Love in 50 years. You can find more information by going to


David Long
NECA President

Tom Halpin
NECA Vice President, District Ten






Brought to you by The Line Construction Advancement Fund, (LCAF),booth 458 , Northeastern Apprenticeship Training program (NEAT) and the New York State Lineman's Safety Training Fund, booth 457. They will be conducting demonstrations on the trade show floor,  utilizing their Mobile Transformer Training Trailer and Mobile High Voltage Test Lab. In addition, be sure to learn about Milwaukee’s Commitment to Drive Innovation to the Utility Line Contractor. They will be demonstrating their new Utility Truck in booth 544. Here's the session schedule:   

Day Date Time Topic
Sunday 30-Sep 12:15pm - 12:35pm Transformer connections and configurations 
Sunday 30-Sep 1:00pm - 1:20pm Milwaukee’s Commitment to Drive Innovation to the Utility Industry 
Sunday 30-Sep 1:30pm - 1:50pm High Voltage Testing or Rubber Gloves & Sleeves 
Sunday 30-Sep 2:00pm - 2:20pm Personal Protective Grounding Simulations
Sunday 30-Sep 2:30pm - 2:50pm Di-electric testing of hot sticks
Sunday 30-Sep 3:00pm - 3:20pm Designing the Next Generation of Ergonomic Solutions for the Utility Lineman 
Sunday 30-Sep 3:30pm - 3:50pm Hi-Pot testing
Monday 1-Oct 12:15pm - 12:35pm High Voltage Testing or Rubber Gloves & Sleeves
Monday 1-Oct 1:00pm - 1:20pm Designing the Next Generation of Ergonomic Solutions for the Utility Lineman 
Monday 1-Oct 1:30pm - 2:30pm Transformer connections and configurations
Monday 1-Oct 3:00pm - 3:20pm Milwaukee’s Commitment to Drive Innovation to the Utility Industry 
Tuesday 2-Oct 9:30am - 9:50am Designing the Next Generation of Ergonomic Solutions for the Utility Lineman 
Tuesday 2-Oct 10:00am - 10:20am Personal Protective Grounding Simulations
Tuesday 2-Oct 10:30am - 10:50am Di-electric testing of hot sticks
Tuesday 2-Oct 11:00am - 11:20am Milwaukee’s Commitment to Drive Innovation to the Utility Industry 

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia PA 19107

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2018 Show Dates
Sunday, Sept. 30 - Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Future Dates
2018: Philadelphia Sept. 29 - Oct. 2
2019: Las Vegas Sept. 14-17
2020: Chicago Oct. 3-6
2021: Nashville Oct. 9-12
2022: Austin Oct. 15 - 18
2023: Philadelphia Sept. 29 - Oct. 2
2024: San Diego Sept.28 - Oct. 1