The Electrical Connection

Did You Know that the NFPA Offers Free Access to the NEC® Code Book?

Posted on Friday Aug 31, 2018

Safety First The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) vision is to be the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Their mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. The National Electric Code (NEC®) is just one way that the NFPA fulfills their mission.... {Read More}

Electrical Slang A – Z

Posted on Thursday Jun 21, 2018 | electrical, jargon, slang, terms,

Electrical Slang Back in August of 2017, Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M: began publishing articles called “The World of Electrical Slang”. It was based off the website I picked up on this after their 3rd installation in April and thought it would be fun to share some of these terms with all of you. I went through the website and picked some of my favorites. As you see, I might have a thing for food. ... {Read More}

Don’t Get Left Behind Understanding the New VFD Cable Design Requirements

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018 | 79, cable, drive, nfpa, vfd, wire,

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is sometimes hard to keep up with all requirements and changes in our industry. One of the new updates this year is the VFD cable design requirement released by National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 79. In response to this announcement, we want to help you understand what it means and why it is important to you and your business. ... {Read More}

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

Posted on Friday Apr 20, 2018

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

There can be many causes for energy loss in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. These losses can be detected by inspecting for such things as air leaks and systems running inefficiently using a thermal imager. With the right equipment, you can identify problem areas and equipment so they can be fixed. Fluke’s advanced thermal imager can identify hot and cold spots in your facility.

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To Repair or Not to Repair – That is the Question

Posted on Tuesday Mar 27, 2018 | automation, remanufacturing, repairs,

To Repair or Not to Repair With the ability to purchase products and services, with the click of a button, it sometimes becomes difficult to know exactly where to start. We often spend hours reviewing online offerings trying to decide where to buy from. From these online purchases, we expect the same level of customer service we receive from brick and mortar businesses. Unfortunately, many times virtual storefronts often fall short. While online shopping seems like the most cost-effective options, it’s not always the case. ... {Read More}

Why Use Stage & Store Project Management

Posted on Monday Feb 19, 2018

McNaughton-McKay Stage & Store Project Management First, let’s talk about what stage and store means. Simply put, stage and store is when you order materials for your construction project and McNaughton-McKay keeps those materials for you in our warehouse. One of the biggest benefits is that you decide what, when and where your materials get delivered to the job site. ... {Read More}


Posted on Friday Jan 05, 2018 | news,

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The acquisition of The Reynolds Company by McNaughton-McKay Electric Company was completed on January 2, 2018. This transaction creates a multi-region, Top 10 electrical distributor with over 1,300 employees that will serve customers in 41 locations in the Midwest, Southeast and South Central United States.

Effective immediately, McNaughton-McKay Electric Company is expanding their Board of Directors to include Walt Reynolds, COO of McNaughton-McKay Electric Company and President of The Reynolds Company and Donald Reynolds Jr., COO of The Reynolds Company.... {Read More}

Learn the Safe Way to Test the Absence of Voltage with VeriSafe

Posted on Monday Dec 04, 2017 | de-energized, safety, voltage,


Posted on Friday Nov 10, 2017 | news,

McNaughton-MCKay Logo MADISON HEIGHTS, Michigan – Nov. 10, 2017 – Leading electrical distribution company McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., headquartered in Madison Heights, Michigan, today announced an agreement, in principle, to acquire Fort Worth, Texas-based The Reynolds Company, subject to regulatory approval and final definitive agreements. Upon completion, the newly-combined company will be a multi-region, Top 10 electrical distributor with more than 1,300 employees serving customers from 41 locations in the Midwest, Southeast and South Central areas of the United States. Each company will retain its leadership structure and existing name; the organizations will operate as two separate companies owned by McNaughton-McKay.... {Read More}

NAED’s Certified Electrical Professional Certification

Posted on Monday Oct 16, 2017 | certified-professionals, naed, training,

CEP Logo The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) aids electrical distributors with tools, information and assistance to improve the distribution of electrical supplies. One of their main services to distributors is educational opportunities. A program that they have created, in conjunction with The Sales Institute of Florida State University, is the Certified Electrical Professional Certification Programs (CEP).... {Read More}


Posted on Wednesday Sep 13, 2017 | awards, best-of-the-best, marketing,

tED Logo We are excited to announce that McNaughton-McKay was recently recognized by tED magazine, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), with Best of the Best (BoB) Marketing Awards in the categories of Video and Website.... {Read More}

Hurricane Season is in Full Force: Start with A Safety Checklist

Posted on Friday Sep 08, 2017 | branch-closures, weather-safety,

Hurrican Season As Texas starts to recover from Hurricane Harvey, our southern locations are preparing for Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Florida this weekend. Many islands have already been devastated by this storm, and people are rushing to devise their plans for either weathering or evacuating from Irma.... {Read More}

Do You Know When to Stop for a School Bus?

Posted on Friday Aug 11, 2017 | bus, safety, school,

Do You Know When to Stop for a School Bus? As children begin to head back to school, the topic of safety often becomes part of our conversations. That is especially true for school bus safety. It is sometimes confusing trying to figure out when you can and cannot pass a school bus that is stopped.... {Read More}

Eliminating Invalid Claims and Charge Backs with Video Vision Serialization

Posted on Wednesday Jul 26, 2017 | invalid-claims, serialization, video-vision, warranty,

Eliminating Invalid Claims and Charge Backs with Video Vision Serialization Recently, one of our automotive seat manufacturing customers faced a shipping issue resulting in extensive customer service resources and expensive product replacement costs. Their customer alleged they were receiving seats without head rests. The manufacturer was confident they were shipping completed seats because they had a high-quality error proofing system in place. However, they didn’t have visual proof of the seats leaving the factory and were having issues proving the seats were fully assembled.... {Read More}

Electrical Safety Tips for Summer Time Fun

Posted on Wednesday Jun 21, 2017 | electrical-safety, summer-safety, water-safety,

Electrical Safety Tips for Summer Time Fun There is nothing like relaxing pool side on a hot summer day. As we jump into summer, it’s important to remember that safety should always come first around pools, hot tubs and spas. Without trying to sound morose, it’s important to be aware that wet skin and surfaces greatly increase your chance of electrocution. Anytime you are near or in the water and there is electrical current present, there are risks involved. This summer make electrical safety your number one priority when around water. ... {Read More}