History of Sturgeon Electric Company

Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1912 by David Dwight “D.D.” Sturgeon.  Mr. Sturgeon was an active member of the Denver community, and was instrumental in the development of the industry, downtown Denver and in the growth of the city.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NECA-the National Electrical Contractors Association for many years.  From 1912 to 1986, Sturgeon Electric’s offices moved from various locations throughout downtown Denver.

In the 1920’s the company flourished, performing commercial and industrial work throughout Colorado, building a solid reputation for craftsmanship, value and reliability.

In the 1940’s Sturgeon Electric worked on a number of military projects during war time. Always on the leading edge for its war efforts, Sturgeon received three Army-Navy “E” banners.  Less than 4% of U.S. companies received even a single “E” banner during this time.

In the 1950’s Sturgeon Electric established its power line (or T&D) division and began work for Public Service Company of Colorado (now Xcel Energy).  The company also moved to a larger location in downtown Denver and started a full-service garage operation, complete with short-wave radio communications.  Throughout the 1950’s, the power line division grew considerably.

In the 1960’s, a massive flood struck downtown Denver and completely destroyed Sturgeon Electric’s offices.  Only a handful of records and photos remained, and the company lost 50 trucks and suffered $440,000 in damages.

In the 1970’s, Sturgeon Electric completed its largest project to date, the C.F.& I. Bar Mill job, and it was a huge success for the company.  Offices were established in Colorado Springs, CO, Pueblo, CO and Casper, WY.  Sturgeon Electric merged with Harlan Electric Company of Detroit, MI.

In the 1980’s, due to rapid expansion, Sturgeon Electric relocated to its current location in Henderson, CO.  The site covers 10 acres, with 75,000 square feet of buildings housing offices, a garage for equipment maintenance and repair, a warehouse for tools and equipment, a maintenance shop for dielectric testing of rubber goods, aerial buckets, upright lifts and insulated booms, and a 14,000 square foot pre-fabrication shop and warehouse.  In 1987, Sturgeon Electric celebrated 75 years in business.

In the 1990’s, Sturgeon Electric expanded operations into Arizona, opening offices in Phoenix and Tucson.  In 1991, Sturgeon Electric  began construction on a $55M+ contract for electrical construction of Denver’s new Denver International Airport (DIA).  Work included underground distribution, street lighting and electrical work throughout the terminal.  Sturgeon Electric crews have been at DIA ever since, performing a variety of maintenance, remodeling/upgrade and new construction work.  In 1995, electrical construction was completed on the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  This project totaled over $153M in electrical construction, and is the largest project ever completed by Sturgeon Electric’s C&I division to date.  In 1998, Sturgeon was acquired by MYR Group Inc., a holding company of specialty electrical contractors.

In 2008, MYR Group became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ under the symbol MYRG.  Sturgeon Electric was awarded STAR status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Mobile Workforce Demonstration for Construction.  In 2011, Sturgeon Electric was named one of the nation’s safest specialty contractors by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

In 2012, Sturgeon Electric celebrated 100 years in business, and the company’s T&D division is currently constructing a $120M electrical construction project in the state of Nevada for NV Energy and Great Basin Electric Transmission South, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power.  The 235 mile, 500kV  transmission line is known as the Nevada ON Line project.