Skip links

DELIVERING SAFE, QUALITY CONSTRUCTION FOR GENERATIONS

M. J. ELECTRIC TIMELINE

We are proud of our heritage; the foundation that allowed us to become a leader in our industry.

With roots as a small, hometown contractor, M. J. Electric now serves customers nationwide. Throughout our history, MJE has expanded our offerings and incorporated evolving technologies to benefit our customers. 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 in the timeline below.

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.​

​Opened the Midwest Region office in Woodstock, IL.

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.

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 an 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 (NYSE: PWR).

Completed the Arrowhead-Weston project.

Midwest Region office relocated to Glen Ellyn, IL.

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 part of MJE.

2010

Opened the Iowa office.

​Renewable Energy Group was formed.

2011

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

2013

MJ 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.

Quanta sister company Intermountain Electric began reporting to M. J. Electric.

2016

Opened the Joliet Office.​

The Eastern Region Office relocated from Shoemakersville to Leesport (PA).

2017

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

2018

Expanded our capabilities to include telecommunications services.

Quanta sister companies JCR and The Ryan Company began reporting to M. J. Electric.

2019

MJE Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary!​

MJ Excavating and Iron Power Services were formed.​

The Joliet Office relocated from Channahon to Minooka (IL).

2020

Opened the SW Region Office.

BACK TO TOP