NEW BRITAIN - Scott Pehmoeller and Bryson Burse celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Collier Electrical Corp. last week with Mayor Erin Stewart and state Rep. William Petit Jr.
There was a lot to celebrate, as the company last year earned the Independent Electrical Contractors Association ICE-CAN 2017 National Safety Award in 1-to-25-employee division.
“We really care about what we do,” said Pehmoeller, a third-generation electrical contractor. “We want to make sure when we’re done with a job the customer is happy and they are safe.”
Electrical companies with exemplary safety programs and safety records are chosen to receive the award.
The company does all types of commercial and industrial electrical work for malls, stores, corporations and municipalities, including the city of New Britain.
Pehmoeller’s wife, Donna, said, “A lot of our business is built on our reputation. We’re honest and hardworking people.”
The company have worked on all types of new and remodeling, construction and maintenance projects, including golf courses, churches, health care facilities, banks and retail businesses.
Small businesses like Collier are the lifeblood of the city and the state, said Stewart and Petit, after they toured the facility at 50 Harvard St. with the city’s economic development director, Bill Carroll.
“When you talk about small businesses, they are the heart of the community,” Stewart said. “These jobs are good skilled employment and we’re really proud to have them here for 25 years. It’s small businesses like these that make our community strong.”
It’s critical for the state and for municipalities to keep small businesses flourishing, Petit said.
Stewart and Petit presented proclamations to the company to honor its 25th anniversary as well as the 2017 national award.
Pehmoeller credits the area’s larger companies, such as the Tomasso Group, for using Collier for large projects.
“Customers like that helped us get and stay where we are,” Pehmoeller said.
The company has remained in the city since its founding in 1993 and has been at its current location since 2007.
“We want people to know that New Britain is a cool place and you can thrive here,” Donna Pehmoeller said. “We are very happy here. New Britain has been very good to us.”