EC&M'S Top 50 Electrical Contracting Firms

Many of the nation's largest electrical contracting firms experienced a double-digit drop in sales in 2002 Electrical construction companies had more work than they could handle and the industry faced a severe skilled labor shortage during the construction boom of the late '90s. But the marketplace can change quickly in the construction business. More electrical contracting firms are now competing

Many electrical construction firms are hanging on by their fingernails while waiting for the market to turn around, says Peter Corogin, president of Westlake, Ohio-based Lake Erie Electric. The number of bidders on individual projects has doubled, and some contractors appear to be bidding at cost to keep their electricians busy.

“There is not enough work out there for all the competitors, resulting in too many contractors going after the same projects,” Corogin says.

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