As one of the oldest and largest electrical contractors in the greater Madison area, Nickles Electric offers a wide range of services to its clients.
“We are a locally owned company that offers high-value, high-performance electrical services throughout Southcentral Wisconsin,” says Jeff Knudtson, the company’s Vice President and Master Electrician. “We offer all electrical services except residential new construction.”
The company’s other owners are Dan Murphy and Mike Pohlman.
Nickles Electric works primarily in the areas of remodeling and new construction of schools, medical facilities, churches, office buildings, shopping centers and retail businesses. In particular, the company specializes in medium-voltage cabling and terminations, electrical distribution, design/build, energy management, fire alarms, security, card access, CCTV, communications, lighting, residential service and loadcenter/fuse box upgrades. The company also does underground work, street lighting, traffic signals and athletic field lighting. They are experienced in both new construction and remodeling.
In terms of innovations, Knudtson says his company is most excited about is LED lighting and how it can save money for both commercial and residential customers.
From the original UW-Madison Fieldhouse, built in 1929, to the Kohl Center and Monona Terrace Convention Center, Nickles Electric has had a hand in many of the area’s finest projects. Part of the reason for Nickles Electric strong and lasting reputation is its long-standing commitment both to the craft and to IBEW.
“We have roughly 40 to 50 electricians and 60 total employees. Our electricians are members of the IBEW and have gone through, are going through, or are waiting to go through an apprenticeship,” says Knudtson.”Seventy-five percent of our office staff have electrical backgrounds and are either master electricians or journeyman.”
He adds: “Our IBEW electricians are experienced and well-trained, bring positive attitudes, are team oriented, and will do anything to exceed our customer’s expectations on every jobsite. Our work will be done right the first time. They are always eager to learn about the newest technologies in our marketplace. Our employees are willing to train our apprentices and beginning electricians. They are properly trained in safety to ensure they and others on their jobsites go home to their families at the end of the day. They are problem solvers.”
Nickles is also a member of The Electric Group. This association, says Knudtson, “helps us stay in tune with the marketplace and share experiences with our peers.”
Aside from the company’s experience and longevity in the field, Nickles also prides itself on its superb customer service.
“The benefits to working with our company include our ability to listen to our customer’s or the jobsite needs and find solutions. Our office staff is well experienced in this industry; there is nothing we don’t have a solution for. Our electricians are also well experienced, and there is no problem too small or too complex to solve. Our service department is prompt to respond to emergencies. We take all warranty work seriously and will find the immediate and safe repair. We are a small business where the owners live locally and our active in our communities. … The customer is always first.”