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Beach Electric Company Inc.

90 years powering New Jersey's major sectors

Based in Paterson, New Jersey, Beach Electric Company Inc. (BEC) recently celebrated its 90th year in business. A member of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), BEC deploys a skilled team of union master electricians and journeymen well-versed in all facets of electrical work.

“We do a little bit of everything including substations, data centers, power plants, commercial and institutional buildings, hospitals and schools – you name it,” says Ernie Badaracco, III, vice president and operations manager of BEC.

A long-running history

BEC has been making its name in public and private electrical contracting throughout New Jersey since 1924. Stanley Beach founded the business, which remained family-owned until 1962 when BEC was acquired by Fischbach & Moore Inc., a heavy construction industrial and commercial electrical contractor serving the Northeast.

In June 2004, BEC ended its long relationship with Fischbach and officially became Beach Electric Company Inc. Today, the company’s diverse portfolio allows BEC to deliver any job from the planning and bidding phase through completion.

BEC’s longstanding affiliation with Northern New Jersey NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) enables the company to man projects with some of the top craftsmen in the field, which in turn, attracts business from customers such as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Verizon, Rutgers University, Montclair State University and more.

Union-stamped excellence

Badaracco himself has a long-running relationship with the professional trade association. “I’ve been actively involved in NECA for many years,” he says. “I’ve worked my way up through various chair positions, from secretary to treasurer, vice president and president to governor.”

Badaracco has not only witnessed the camaraderie that NECA fosters between industry professionals, but also the vital business insight into industry issues such as maintaining a quality workforce.
“I’ve been in the industry for more than 25 years, I want contractors to be on a level playing field and I want to help them protect their businesses; NECA helps accomplish this.”

As a contractor, it is difficult to maintain a healthy workforce in such a skilled trade. “We have tapped into the CW/CE, an eight-level program designed to advance experienced electrical workers from one level to the next by evaluating knowledge and skill set through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom hours,” says Badaracco.

He is confident that having CW/CE labor incorporated into BEC’s workforce will come in handy on rapid turnaround projects such as commercial buildings and banks. “With this skilled workforce we can roll from one job to the next, an ideal scenario for the CW/CE program,” he explains. “Local 102 is really pushing for more CW/CE use and trying to get other contractors involved.” Badaracco is supportive of Local 102 efforts, but believes the program still needs to gain widespread acceptance in the Northeast.

“BEC currently has a strong workforce and backlog,” continues Badaracco. “Our office consists of 15 coworkers and we currently employ approximately 65 electricians in the field.”

BEC’s location allows the company to maintain around-the-clock access to major material and equipment distributors in the area, which also means accelerated installation schedules at the most advantageous cost. “We operate out of two large warehousing facilities – one in Paterson and one in Edison, New Jersey,” says Badaracco. “This enables us to guarantee the availability of materials and equipment as n
eeded.”

Public and private projects

In the transportation sector, BEC has performed work for numerous public agencies at a variety of tranBeach Electric Company Inc.sportation facilities including airports, bus and train stations and toll plazas. “We also install and upgrade traffic signals, signal controllers, high-mast installations and roadway and pedestrian lighting,” adds Badaracco. “We have experience working at secure sites and our workforce holds credentials from both SWAC and TWIC.”

One of the company’s major undertakings is a joint venture with fellow NECA contractor, Vanalt Electrical Construction Inc. The goal of this project is to refurbish the power, signal and fiber work on the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Philadelphia.

A strong player in the institutional sector, BEC has performed light and power renovations in existing laboratories, installed new emergency generators, repositioned power units in ceiling-based delivery systems and integrated emergency power into an existing building at Rutgers University. “We did all of this while the labs remained open and operational,” notes Badaracco. “This required flexible scheduling and coordination with Rutgers in order to finish on time.”

Taking great pride and care

In the wake of the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, BEC was called into action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to help provide temporary power at Greenville Yard. Additionally, BEC completed emergency repairs to the electrical system of the Legal Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Longstanding co-workers that take pride in their work continue to make BEC successful. “Most individuals have been with us for 20 to 25 years and they care about the quality of work they do, day in and day out,” states Badaracco.
“We are committed to growing our company and providing our customers with professionalism, integrity and quality service, the very principles BEC was founded on.”

For 90 years and counting, Beach Electric Company Inc. has been powering multiple markets throughout New Jersey, setting the bar high in electrical excellence.

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