Delivering Safe, Quality Construction For Generations

With roots as a small, hometown company based in Iron Mountain, MI, M. J. Electric (MJE) quickly grew and became successful as an electrical contractor within both the industrial and utility markets. Due to our unparalleled experience and comprehensive capabilities across the industry, we are one of the few contracting entities that can excel even under the most difficult project requirements.

Throughout our history, MJE has expanded our offerings and incorporated evolving technologies to benefit our customers. Our ability to support our customers at every stage of the construction process has allowed us to become a leader in the industry. By implementing innovative solutions and dedication to our core values, MJE demonstrates that we have been, and always will be, there for our customers. Our customer’s success is our success.

We are proud of our heritage and the company we’ve become today. Learn more about the people, events, and innovative strategy that built our company and sustain our continued success in the timeline below.

M. J. ELECTRIC TIMELINE

1924

Mette Electric Company, which would eventually become M. J. Electric, opened its doors in the basement of the 1st National Bank building in Iron Mountain (MI)..

A short time later, Walter Mette was joined by a partner, E. J. Poirier, who later became the sole owner and changed the name to E. J. Electric.

1942

Marshall J. Potterud took over the business and changed the name to M. J. Electric (MJE).

1959

Marshall J. Potterud retired and sold the business to J. W. Reiten and J. W. Reiten partnered with W. J. Brule.

1960

1st Year Revenue was $90,000.

1961

Moved from the basement of the 1st National Bank in Iron Mountain to its first office building on US 2.

1962

Formed Systems Control Division which concentrated on building electrical panels.

M. J. Electric signs contract for very first Pulp & Paper Project.

1963

Purchased Paul Electric and transferred the residential and commercial work there.

1964

MJE separated into two independent contractors. W. J. Brule remained with MJE and J. W. Reiten went to Paul Electric.

First Power Plant Project.

Formed Utility Division.

1970

Growth in the pulp and paper, mining, power plant, and utility markets.

1974

Presque Isle Plant Units 5 & 6, Substations, and Instrumentation for Upper Peninsula Generating Company in Marquette, Michigan.

1975

Moved to office at 200 West Frank Pipp Drive in Iron Mountain.

1978

First HVDC projects – Coal Creek Converter (ND) and Dickinson Converter (MN).

1985

Established Boss Snowplow.

First Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing and Installation Work.

First Nuclear Plant Project at Point Beach for Wisconsin Electric.

1986

Purchased Valley Electric Service located in Appleton (WI) and formed the Process Controls & Instrumentation (PCI) Division to specialize in the growing instrumentation and tubing market.

1989

Over 600-mile OPGW project from Minneapolis to Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago for Norlight.

1991

David J. Brule became president of M. J. Electric.

1992

Purchased Paul Electric Service to once again become one company.

1994

1st Scrubber Project for a FGD Retrofit for Units 1 & 2 at the TVA Cumberland Fossil Plant in Cumberland City, Tennessee.

1996

Wisconsin Electric’s CUP Alliance project began.

1997

Opened a regional office in the Chicago, IL area.

1998

1st Wind Power Project at Lake Benton 100 MW Wind Farm for Zond Constructors in Lake Benton, Minnesota.

2000

MJE was purchased by Exelon Infrastructure Services, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. As a result, MJE acquired the Northeast Region Office in Shoemakersville (PA).

Systems Control and Boss Products separated from MJE as a result of the sale to Exelon Infrastructure Services.

2002

Steve Reiten became president of M. J. Electric.

InfraSource, Inc. purchased Exelon Infrastructure Services.

MJE became a subsidiary of InfraSource.

2004

MJE begins formulating alliance strategies to support customer needs.

2007

InfraSource was acquired by Quanta Services, Inc. thereby making MJE a subsidiary of Quanta Services.

Completed the Arrowhead-Weston project.

2008

Opened the Minnesota and Lower Michigan offices.

2009

New Energy Alliance (NEA) was formed through a joint venture between MJE and Balfour Beatty. NEA served as an alliance partner to National Grid for electrical installation and engineering in the Northeast Region.

Great Lakes Line Builders, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, became a department of MJE.

M. J. Electric formed a Renewables Group to service the growing renewable energy market.

2010

Opened the Iowa office.

2011

Completed the Utility Building addition at the Corporate Office in Iron Mountain (MI).

2013

MJE Drilling was formed.

2014

Ed Farrington became president of M. J. Electric.

Opened the NW Indiana Office (Crown Point).

2015

ITC’s Thumb Loop project completed.

2016

Opened the Joliet Office.

Intermountain Electric (IME), a subsidiary of Quanta Services, began reporting to MJE.

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