Case Studies

Abbott Electric Inc.

Nearly four decades of family-run, full-service contracting

Quality and dependable service are the primary factors for Abbott Electric Inc.’s nearly 40-year existence. A full-service electrical contractor, Abbott Electric provides both consulting and designing-engineering services on commercial and industrial projects throughout the state of Ohio. Abbott Electric sets itself apart from the competition by engineering all design work in-house. The company’s on-staff licensed, professional engineers personally oversee every design before installation.

“We work with clients from the very beginning,” says Mike Abbott, president of Abbott Electric and son of founder Jim Abbott. “Sometimes a client will know what they are trying to accomplish, but is not sure how to get there. That’s where our design service comes in.” Once the concept for the project is established, the team determines budgetary costs. Abbott Electric’s skilled engineers and estimators work with each client to develop a budget by utilizing the latest in computerized estimating software.

Abbott Electric was founded in 1978 as a one-man shop. Since then, the company has continued to grow and now employs approximately 100 people. “My dad is an amazing man,” says Mike. “He is a visionary and owned several successful small businesses before Abbott Electric.” In addition to its primary focus on the industrial and commercial sector, Abbott Electric maintains a residential division, and also completes work in teledata communications, security and fire alarm systems.

Providing safety solutions

With safety such a major priority in the electrical contracting business, Abbott Electric has become a leader in providing safety awareness and education programs. In 2004 the company formed Stark Safety Consultants, a complete electrical safety and engineering group that has been a national training partner of the Electrical Training Alliance (formerly the NJATC) for nearly a decade.  Stark Safety Consultants has become a premier electrical safety resource by providing a complete array of electrical safety program services including web-based tools such as Stark Electrical Risk Assessment Helper (SERAH) and REALTIME which is a cloud-based LOTO procedure management system.

Its newest offering is QualifiedSafety.com which provides the entire construction and manufacturing industry with opportunities to train and review employees on every aspect of workplace safety.  “The web-based platform allows our growing team of affiliate consultants to provide a base listing of safety training topics and custom courses, as well as a unique DIY platform to allow clients to easily take their own existing training and testing and quickly load it to our platform”, says vice president Steve Abbott.  “The test result analytics from our platform allows our clients to instantly see where their employees need additional training as well as an evaluation of the effectiveness of the training itself” says Mike.

Clients benefit through the online application in the area of training and testing efficiency. QualifiedSafety.com reduces the cost and time required to train and retrain employees with targeted, results-based analytics and tracking. The program also provides convenience in scheduling as employees work individually, rather than in a classroom setting.

Full-service all-around

As a contractor, Abbott Electric has built a diverse portfolio by working in hospitals, retail centers, industrial facilities, schools and restaurants. The company recently completed a 55,000-square-foot emergency department addition to Union Hospital in Dover, OH, and is currently working on several wastewater treatment plant projects with the cities of Canton, Ohio and Massillon, OH. The jobs are renovation projects aiming to reduce the amount of phosphorous entering the plants’ water sheds. The company is also working on the new Canton South High School, as well as the power house for Carroll Electric Cooperative, performing design-build electrical services for all auxiliary structures.

Throughout the world of union contractors, mixed thoughts persist on the use of CW/CEs. Abbott Electric has found numerous benefits in choosing to utilize the program. The company now completes 10 to 15 percent of its work with CW/CEs from its local union. With the cost of labor causing companies to become more competitive in pricing, Abbott Electric finds that CW/CEs have allowed the company to stay ahead of the game. “We have been able to get a higher percentage of restaurants and smaller office buildings,” says Mike. “Approximately 15 to 20 years ago, we were getting a good percentage, but that began to dwindle until we started using CW/CEs.”

Throughout four decades of service, providing the best product at the best price is where Abbott Electric has shined. Whether the company contracts with a general contractor or directly with the client, Abbott Electric Inc. delivers the project on time and within budget. With its involvement in all phases of the project from start to finish, the business is able to recommend alternative options that save its clients time and money.

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