Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 28
Exclusive Features | STURGEON ELECTRIC CO. INC.
A Bright Outlook
STURGEON ELECTRIC'S ENTHUSIASTIC WORKFORCE IS CENTRAL TO ITS SUCCESS.
Electric is able to recruit
and retain the best people even
Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc.
in a global labor shortage.
turgeon Electric Co. Inc. has
been at the forefront of electrical
construction in Colorado for more
than a century. Since its humble
beginnings in 1912 as a two-person shop
in the heart of downtown Denver, the company has expanded its footprint to include
territories in Alaska, Arizona, California,
Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Within these territories, Sturgeon Electric
executes nearly every type of electrical
service imaginable in the majority of
market sectors. The company's wealth
of experience, established clientele and
forward-thinking culture has primed it for
growth and expansion for years to come.
However, Sturgeon Electric's sustained
success depends on its ability to recruit and
retain the best people in the midst of a glob-
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al shortage of skilled tradespeople and construction management personnel. Worldwide, there are many projects to build, and
simply not enough people to build them.
How does a growing, successful company
like Sturgeon Electric plan for a sustainable
future, given today's shortage of qualified
labor and experienced management?
Retaining top employees has never been
an issue for the company because of its
commitment to continually invest in people
and provide development opportunities.
"I'm amazed at how often executives or
managers from other construction firms
ask how we keep top talent and maintain
such a strong reputation," Senior Vice
President and COO Jeff Waneka says. "Our
projects and performance are second-tonone because the commitment we make
to provide specialized training, our range
* Headquarters: Henderson, Colo.
* Employees: 1,400
* Specia y: Electrical contractor
"We genuinely care for our
people and are commi ed
to eir elf-improvement."
- Jeff Waneka, enior vice president and COO
of opportunities, strong work/life balance
and open-door policy is second-to-none.
We genuinely care for our people and are
committed to their self-improvement. We
provide and expect the best, and in turn, we
get the best."
Paths to Success
To combat the labor shortage, Sturgeon
Electric is exploring new ways to educate