Dexter + Chaney Named a Finalist in Electrical Contracting Products' 'INNOVATION Awards' Competition

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SEATTLE, September 6, 2006: Dexter + Chaney has been chosen as a finalist in the 2006 INNOVATION Awards competition sponsored by Electrical Contracting Products. The competition “recognizes outstanding companies whose products or services have best responded to electrical contractors’ market challenges by offering creative and innovative ideas,” according to the magazine. Dexter + Chaney won an INNOVATION Award for its Forefront(R) Construction Suite software in the inaugural 2005 competition.

Divided into 16 product categories, the 2006 INNOVATION Awards are judged by a panel of professional electrical contractors who will evaluate each of the product finalists on six criteria: innovation, ease of use, cost effectiveness, quality contribution, maintainability and productivity improvements. The magazine says that “finalists for this year’s event include some of the most influential companies serving the $82 billion electrical contracting market.” Award winners will be announced in early October.

“Based on the quality of entries, this year’s competition promises to be even tougher than last year’s inaugural awards program,” said Brian Taylor, editor of Electrical Contracting Products. “Every one of the finalists should be commended for their efforts to improve the value and effectiveness of products created for our nation’s electrical contractors.”

John Chaney, president and co-founder of Dexter + Chaney, shares the honor with the company’s electrical-contractor customers.

“It truly is a partnership,” Chaney explained. “Many of Forefront’s innovations are a direct result of electrical contractors asking us for specific features or benefits to help them manage their businesses. Our success depends directly on their success.”

Electrical Contracting Products is published by Cygnus Business Media, a leader in business-to-business media. The magazine reaches more than 40,000 medium to large electrical contractors every month, focusing exclusively on products purchased and installed by electrical contractors. For more information, visit or contact Brian Taylor, editor, at 847-454-2708, Email Contact.

More than 1,000 construction companies throughout the United States use Dexter + Chaney’s Forefront(R) Construction Suite. Forefront Construction Suite includes 30 integrated modules that handle project management, construction accounting, service management, human resources, document imaging, remote connectivity and data sharing for construction companies of all types. Companies that use Forefront report they have improved profitability and have grown their businesses more than 300 percent without adding accounting staff.

More than 7,000 total users make use of Forefront’s Document Imaging component, which addresses a typically painful problem for contracting firms: giving management, office staff and project managers the fast access they need to important documents like AP invoices, change orders, payroll timecards, contracts and others.

For more information about Dexter + Chaney or Forefront, contact Brad Mathews, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dexter + Chaney, 9700 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-2347; phone: 800-875-1400 or 206-364-1400; fax: 206-367-9613; e-mail: Email Contact;
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