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.



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.


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


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


1st Year Revenue was $90,000.


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


Formed Systems Control Division which concentrated on building electrical panels.

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Established Boss Snowplow.

First Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing and Installation Work.

First Nuclear Plant Project at Point Beach for Wisconsin Electric.


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.


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


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


Purchased Paul Electric Service to once again become one company.


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


Wisconsin Electric’s CUP Alliance project began.


Opened a regional office in the Chicago, IL area.


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


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.


Steve Reiten became president of M. J. Electric.

InfraSource, Inc. purchased Exelon Infrastructure Services.

MJE became a subsidiary of InfraSource.


MJE begins formulating alliance strategies to support customer needs.


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

Completed the Arrowhead-Weston project.


Opened the Minnesota and Lower Michigan offices.


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.


Opened the Iowa office.


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


MJE Drilling was formed.


Ed Farrington became president of M. J. Electric.

Opened the NW Indiana Office (Crown Point).


ITC’s Thumb Loop project completed.


Opened the Joliet Office.

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


Expanded our capabilities to include unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and fiber optic specialized services.

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