The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) is a national trade organization for companies that supply quality surplus and reconditioned/remanufactured electrical equipment and apparatus. We are dedicated to developing, advancing and promoting safe reconditioning and remanufacturing practices.
The first meeting of reconditioned equipment suppliers takes place in Laughlin, Nevada to discuss the development of an industry organization. A team is put together to begin creating the first reconditioning standard.
PEARL is incorporated and hosts its first annual membership conference.
PEARL speaks at the first Remanufacturing Industry Symposium in Washington DC, presenting before industry leaders and politicians, including the President’s Executive Director for Environmental Affairs.
Industry-wide launch of PEARL quality seals.
PEARL publishes and releases its first Reconditioning Standard. They also introduce the PEARL Quality Stamp.
The annual membership conference is renamed the Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition to be more inclusive of the entire industry, its external markets and end-users.
PEARL attends and exhibits at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Illuminations Conference.
Representatives from NEMA and UL speak at the PEARL Conference with a focus on the growing concern about counterfeit electrical equipment.
PEARL Committees are formed to develop strategies for Technician Certification and ANSI accreditation.
PEARL delegation attends ANSI training course in New York City.
PEARL becomes a member of the NEMA task force, a subcommittee of the NEMA Codes and Standards Committee. This group is tasked to propose a first ever NEMA position statement on reconditioned electrical equipment. Task was completed in 2016. PEARL launches its Technician Certification Program.
PEARL provides Technician Certification Testing at its Annual Conference and submits National Electrical Code (NEC) change proposals, entering refurbished, reconditioned, and remanufactured electrical equipment into the code.
PEARL’s proposed code change is adopted and becomes part of the National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition. PEARL changes its name to the Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League.
Recognizing there was no nationally acknowledged standard specifically addressing shop reconditioning electrical equipment for reuse, PEARL developed the ANSI-accredited PEARL Reconditioning Standard.
PEARL launched its online certification platform to streamline the process of getting certified for level I and II technicians.