Case Studies

Schultheis Electric

36 years of family-owned and -operated electrical contracting in western Pennsylvania

With specialties in medium and high voltage in the industrial market, Schultheis Electric is a full-service electrical contractor serving the Greater Pittsburgh region. Headquartered in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Schultheis Electric is also qualified to work in the residential and commercial sectors. “We do all aspects of electrical work,” says Tim Schultheis, president of Schultheis Electrical. “We’ll do anything from a relamp to building a high-voltage overhead utility line.” With its large customer base of both commercial and industrial clients, Schultheis maintains the expertise and experience to deliver cost-effective and time-sensitive solutions to projects of all sizes. Schultheis Electric

Founded in 1979, Schultheis also owns a Tegg franchise, which adds a maintenance and testing aspect to the company and covers all of western Pennsylvania. Schultheis Electric purchased the Tegg franchise in 2013 and incorporates a separate sales team led by Tim’s son, Tim Schultheis II, to focus on the division of the company. The motivation for adding the Tegg franchise stemmed from the fact that Schultheis Electric was previously performing testing and maintenance but wished to increase that aspect of the company to the next level. “We are at a much higher magnitude because of the amount of test equipment we now own,” says Tim. “With Tegg we have a very solid plan of how to operate and distribute maintenance and testing services.”

A strong portfolio

An additional aspect of Schultheis Electric that sets the company apart from the competition is its high-quality design-build department. With its experience and expertise, Schultheis Electric’s design department utilizes its insight to properly plan and engineer a system of exceptional reliability.

A recent design-build job that the company completed took place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for an oil company called Baker Hughes. Schultheis Electric designed and installed all electrical systems for the 48-acre maintenance facility. Among the technical aspects of the project were the equipment demands throughout the facility. “The project called for larger than normal distribution,” Tim explains.
“We distributed medium voltage throughout the entire site and stepped it down to usable voltage within the buildings that each had their own criteria.” The individual buildings of the site included truck maintenance facilities and testing labs.

Without a Construction Wireman/Construction Electrician (CW/CE) agreement in the local union hall, Schultheis Electric is currently unable to utilize the program — but Tim says that could be subject to change in the near future. “It would be a great program to integrate into our business,” he elaborates. “The construction market is fairly slow right now in western Pennsylvania but the commercial market is steady. There is a lot of work that we could bid on but we can’t get to it because of labor rates.”

NECA Western Pennsylvania Chapter

As a member of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Tim sits on the local chapter board as well as the Labor Management Coalition Council (LMCC). He says that discussion is ongoing about incorporating the CW/CE program into the local union hall. “One of the things that we are pushing for right now is to get a state license bill for Pennsylvania,” he says. “With a license bill it will establish a standard of quality on all work performed throughout the state.”

Tim finds that attending the annual NECA Convention and Trade Show is extremely valuable to both members and nonmembers of NECA. He finds that is important take full advantage of the educational and networking opportunities. For the last decade, Tim and his son have attended every NECA show and recently began bringing field workers of the company to give them a firsthand experience of what the event is all about. In preparation for the show, Tim and his son layout a game plan as to how they will benefit the most from attending. “We always plan it so that neither one of us doing the same thing while we are there,” he explains. “If he is going to a research and development seminar, I’ll go to something different while he’s doing that. That way, we’re able to maximize what we get out of it.”

Schultheis Electric also encourages and supports the Green Energy Challenge Competition (GECC), which highlights the NECA Student Chapters. The GECC brings teams from different colleges and universities together to compete in providing innovative and creative solutions to energy challenges. “It’s great because we get to sit and talk with the soon-to-be graduates and review the certain aspects of what we are looking for in personnel,” Tim explains. “Last year we actually interviewed for engineer positions.”

As a family-owned and -operated company going on 36 years in business, Schultheis Electric has established itself as a leader and an innovator in the Pennsylvania electrical contracting market. With Tim II aligned to eventually continue the family business, Schultheis Electric will be a thriving company for many years to come.

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