Special to The Herald
NEWINGTON – When April Pelletier answered a help wanted ad at Newington Electric Co. in 2006, owner Ed Ingalls said he was impressed with her experience and confidence as a female electrician working in the male-dominated electrical contracting industry. Now, Ingalls is pleased to announce the promotion of Pelletier to executive vice president and general manager of the company.
Ingalls said he has no intention of stepping down anytime soon. “But when I do, April has earned the right to take the reins and lead the company into the third generation,” said Ingalls. “Just as I became president and chief executive officer when my father, Richard E. Ingalls, stepped down, it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction in knowing that April has the knowledge, commitment and dedication that it takes to continue the NEC legacy into the third generation and beyond.”
Not only will Pelletier lead NEC, but she will also oversee the company’s subsidiaries – CT Electric Car, CT Home Generator Systems, CT Generator Repair and the new division, CT Roof and Gutter Ice Melt Systems.
Newington Electric is a 60-year-old, second generation electrical contracting company founded in 1958. The company specializes in commercial industrial and residential service and repairs, as well as new construction and design building projects.
Pelletier, a resident of Bristol, started her electrical career fresh out of E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain in 2000 as an electrical apprentice working for a commercial electrical contractor on large projects. In 2005 she became one of only a few women in the state to obtain her E-2 Journeyman’s license.
When Pelletier joined NEC, she was an assistant in the Billing and Estimating department. Within two years she was promoted to the Commercial Service department as acting manager. Shortly afterwards, she returned to school in preparation for the E-1 Unlimited Electrical Contractors License exam.
In 2009, Pelletier became one of only a handful of women in Connecticut to obtain her E-1 Unlimited Electrical Contractors Masters License.
“Over the past several years, April has worked with me side by side, learning all aspects of the electrical trade, from estimating, to project management and business management, and she has become my right-hand, go-to person,” said Ingalls. “At this point, April runs and oversees the day-to-day operation of the entire Electrical department and has become a strategic person in the operation of NEC.”
Pelletier said it has always been a challenge to earn respect from male professionals in the industry, but that is changing. “We have formed a very close family that takes pride in our work and service to our customers. I am very honored and grateful to have this opportunity,” she said.
Ingalls said Pelletier has proven repeatedly that a young female “can certainly reign in a man’s world.”
“April has the maturity, discipline, and charisma to head such a large company like NEC,” he said. “I feel very proud and fortunate to have April Pelletier as my successor and it is my hope that her success will inspire other woman to pursue their dreams as April did.”