Over 120 Years of Success Building and Maintaining Our Nation’s Electrical Infrastructure
In the late 1800’s, Lewis Edward Myers was a salesman working with Thomas Edison who dreamed of making the new, modern convenience of electricity available and affordable to American homes and businesses. In 1891, Myers founded The L.E. Myers Co. in Chicago, Illinois, and landed his first job, which was a street lighting project. Through creative financing and integrity, Myers was able to obtain material and pay his employees, thereby building the foundation for a long and successful business venture in electrical construction.
In the 1900’s, much of Myer’s early work was devoted to building the electrical infrastructure that brought electricity to Midwestern villages, towns and outlying areas and connected them to major cities along railroad lines. Building this new infrastructure was a crucial development in the industrialization of America; and with the growing demand for power, Myers’ skills and experience were in high demand. In 1914, Myers sold his company to Middle West Utilities; yet he and his organization were retained. He held the position of President until 1930. During World War I, The L.E. Myers Co. directed efforts to “powering up” war-related industries. After the war, Myers was sought after to help design, supervise and construct a replica of the Panama Canal, which garnered widespread notoriety.
In the 1920’s, The L.E. Myers Co. embarked upon many significant pursuits that included hydroelectric projects throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky and Texas; earning Myers the reputation as an innovator and industry leader.
In the 1930’s, Myers was named Chairman of the Board of Middle West Utilities. As the Great Depression began to take its toll, Myers, along with two other businessmen – Newton Rich and L.T. Allen purchased The L.E. Myers Co. from Middle West Utilities; thus reclaiming the company. The L.E. Myers Co. expanded into the Southwestern United States and continued to maintain a strong presence throughout the Midwest.
During World War II in the 1940’s, The L.E. Myers Co. worked tirelessly to electrify defense plants and wire military installations to maintain an uninterrupted flow of power to factories and facilities across the country.
In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, The L.E. Myers Co. began constructing some of the first 345kV and 765kV transmission lines in this country and pioneered the use of helicopters for hauling and installing transmission towers.
Throughout the past several decades, The L.E. Myers Co. has expanded its geographical reach, service offerings and resources.
In the 1990’s, MYR Group Inc. (MYR Group) was established as the holding company of The L.E. Myers Co., as well as additional subsidiaries: Hawkeye Construction, Inc.(now doing business as Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc.), Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc., Harlan Electric Company and Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.
In the 2000’s, MYR Group has become one of the largest specialty electrical contractors in the nation, and in 2008
In early 2015, MYR Group acquired E.S. Boulos Company. Later that year, High Country Line Construction joined the MYR Group Companies. And in 2016, MYR Group acquired Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd.
Today, MYR Group offers a full suite of transmission and distribution (T&D) capabilities to construct the largest and most complex electrical infrastructure projects across the United States and Canada, as well as a comprehensive commercial and industrial (C&I) service offering for clients throughout the western and northeastern United States and western Canada. Our T&D clients include more than 125 electric utilities, cooperatives and municipalities. Our legacy of experience provides us with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the needs of our clients in the markets we serve.