History

History

Our History

In 1919 Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, the average house sold for under $4,000 and Moses Rosendin began Rosendin Electric Motor Works. The company serviced the Santa Clara/San Jose agricultural community by wiring homes and shops, rewinding motors for wells and pumps and extending pole line facilities for utility companies. The company expanded its business to Central California through the '20's, the Depression and World War II.

The end of World War II brought rapid commercial and industrial growth to the Santa Clara Valley and enormously expanded work for Rosendin. The company grew from eight employees in the late 30's to ninety employees in the 1950's. It was at this time, in 1953, that Rosendin Electric was incorporated as an Electrical Contractor in the State of California.

Employee Ownership

On January 1, 2000, the Rosendin Electric employee's completed their buyout of the Rosendin family to become the largest employee owned electrical contractor. At Rosendin Electric, employee ownership means we are not just another electrical contractor. As owners, we have a stake in the future success of the company. Motivated and empowered to produce the best value and service for our customers, as owners, we are focused on keeping 'customers for life.’ By providing the highest levels of productivity, exceptional customer service and a quality product, we take pride in knowing our work will represent us for years to come. These skills are what have allowed Rosendin Electric to expand to an international contractor with offices nationwide.

 

Milestones in Rosendin Electric History

  • 1919

    Rosendin Electric Motor Works

    In 1919 Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, the average house sold for under $4,000, and Moses Rosendin began Rosendin Electric Motor Works by wiring the first irrigation pumps in the vast, fruit laden, “Valley of Heart’s Delight” (now known as Silicon Valley).

    Rosendin Electric Motor Works                          78 Race Street, San Jose, CA

  • 1938

    Great Depression

    Rosendin Electric Motor Works overcomes the Great Depression.

    Now with eight employees, the Park Avenue office in San Jose, CA is opened.

  • 1940 - 1945

    Growth during WWII

    During World War II, Moses Rosendin expanded his business to accept contracts from the shipyards that sprang to life around the San Francisco Bay. The end of WWII brought rapid commercial and industrial growth to the Santa Clara Valley and enormously expanded work for Rosendin.

    The company grew from eight employees in the late 30’s to ninety employees in the late 50’s.

  • 1950

    Ray Rosendin Quote

    “My father was extremely proud when his two young sons entered the business in 1950. The firm committed itself to hard work, building on its experience and sharpening its business acumen. Days had no hours as we spent whatever time was required to finish tasks…

    There is no secret to success in our business. Many years ago, my father would tell me that to be successful one must have all resources – men, materials, and finances – in place before undertaking a project. We continue to adhere to this philosophy, which my father called a “law of nature.” 

    - Ray Rosendin

  • 1953

    Raymond & Louis Rosendin

    Raymond and Louis Rosendin assume leadership of the company and Rosendin Electric is incorporated by the State of California.

  • 1955

    First $1M Project

    First $1 million project: Fresno State College

  • 1958 - 1964

    Sunol Street Office

  • 1958

    First multi-M Project

    First multi-million dollar project: Lockheed Martin

  • 1959

    Employee Growth

    From eight employees in the late 1930's, Rosendin Electric now employs ninety people.

  • 1964

    Headquarters

    Headquarters moves to current location at 880 Mabury Road, San Jose, CA.

  • 1972

    San Francisco

    Rapid Bay Area growth provides the need and Rosendin Electric opens an office in San Francisco, CA. 

  • 1983

    Los Angeles

    Rosendin Electric expands to Southern California and opens an office in Los Angeles.

  • 1989

    Loma Prieta Earthquake

    Rosendin Electric crews work to repair the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • 1993

    New Mexico

    New Mexico office opens.

  • 1993

    Tom Sorley Named President

    Tom Sorley named President, Rosendin Electric, Inc.

  • 1994

    Arizona

    Arizona office opens with further Southwest expansion.

  • 1997

    Jim Hawk Named Executive V.P.

    Jim Hawk, P.E. appointed Executive Vice President of Rosendin Electric.  Jim joined the Company in 1985 having served in the industry since 1977. Jim serves as the Executive overseeing the Company's Preconstruction Services.

  • 1997

    Oregon

    Customer needs prompt opening of an Oregon office.

  • 2000

    Employee Ownership

    January 1, 2000 - The employees purchase the entire company from the Rosendin family, making Rosendin Electric, Inc. an employee-owned company.

  • 2007

    Sacramento

    First Sacramento Valley project for Rosendin Electric broke ground in 1977. Continued success in the area prompts opening of Sacramento office in California. 

  • 2007

    Las Vegas

    Rosendin Electric opens an office Las Vegas, NV. Four years later, in 2011, growth in the region requires expansion of regional office.

  • 2008

    Larry Beltramo Named President

    Larry Beltramo named President and Chief Operating Officer of Rosendin Electric. Tom Sorley remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

  • 2009

    Sam Lamonica Named CIO

    Sam Lamonica joins Rosendin Electric as Chief Information Officer, paving the way for huge IT growth and development.

    Innovation and Awards

  • 2010

    Texas

    Rosendin Electric completes acquisition of KST Electric, Ltd., a Texas-based electrical contractor.  KST will later assume new name as Rosendin Electric, effective 2014.

  • 2010

    Virginia

    New Data Center project allows East Coast expansion. Rosendin Electric opens an office in Arlington, VA.

  • 2011

    Haitian Earthquake Relief

    Rosendin Electric rallies to help rebuild Haitian Sacred Heart Hospital following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

    Hôpital Sacré Coeur’s Aging Electrical System Completely Rewired

  • 2014

    Mid-Atlantic Expansion

    Rosendin Electric opens our doors in Baltimore, stretching our Mid-Atlantic reach to include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.