Rosendin

History

Shining a Light Since 1919

The Rosendin Electric business began as a small family-owned shop on Race Street in San Jose, CA in 1919. Since then, we have experienced and grown through multiple economic peaks and valleys. Today, we proudly stand as a nationwide, employee-owned business with over $2B in annual revenues.

The Rosendin Century

Rosendin celebrates our 100-year anniversary through shared success, a people-focused culture, and enduring growth.

100 Years Strong

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.

Explore Our Journey

New Executive Team Named

2020

Rosendin announces the retirement of Tom Sorley, Larry Beltramo, and Jim Hawk and the appointment of new executive leadership. Mike Greenawalt is named CEO and Paolo Degrassi is named President with Matt Englert as Chief Operating Officer West, Keith Douglas as Chief Operating Officer East, and Justin Tinoco as Executive Vice President.

Bridges to Prosperity

2019

Rosendin sends a team in partnership with Webcor Builders and Bridges to Prosperity to build a permanent footbridge in Rukurazo, Rwanda.

Hawaii Office

2014

Though Rosendin has had a presence in Hawaii since the 1970s with the construction of Pearl Ridge Shopping Mall, Rosendin officially opens a Hawaii office location on O'ahu.

Mid-Atlantic Expansion

2014

Rosendin opens an office in Maryland, stretching our Mid-Atlantic reach to include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Later in the year, the North Carolina office opens to support the growing amount of work in the Carolinas.

Haitian Earthquake Relief

2010

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

Texas Office

2010

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

Virginia Office

2010

A new data center project allows East Coast expansion. Rosendin opens an office in Virginia.

Larry Beltramo Named President

2008

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

Sacramento Office

2007

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

Las Vegas Office

2007

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

Employee Ownership

2000

Employees complete the buyout of Rosendin making Rosendin fully employee-owned.

Jim Hawk Named Executive VP

1997

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.

Oregon Office

1997

Rosendin opens the first office in the Pacific Northwest.

Arizona Office

1994

The opening of Rosendin's office in Tempe allows for expansion into the Southwest.

Tom Sorley Named President

1993

Tom Sorley is named President, succeeding Ray Rosendin.

Loma Prieta Earthquake

1989

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.

San Francisco Office

1972

Rosendin opens an office in San Francisco in response to rapid Bay Area growth.

Rosendin Electric Celebrates 50 Years

1969

Rosendin commemorates the 50th anniversary of its founding.

First multi-M Project

1958

Rosendin is awarded its first multi-million dollar project: Lockheed Martin.

Sunol Street Office

1958 - 1964

Rosendin moves to a new location on Sunol Street in San Jose, CA.

First $1 million project

1955

Rosendin wins its first $1 million project: Fresno State College.

Raymond & Louis Rosendin

1953

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

Ray Rosendin Quote

1950

"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

Growth during WWII

1940 - 1945

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.

Great Depression

1938

Rosendin Electric Motor Works overcomes the Great Depression. Now with eight employees, the Park Avenue office in San Jose, CA is opened.

Rosendin Electric Motor Works

1919

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

State Licenses (By Office)

Office License(s)
Anaheim, CA 142881
Gallatin, TN 51692
Hillsboro, OR CCB#103939
Las Vegas, NV 011435
Los Angeles (West), CA 142881
Phoenix, AZ (BIM Office) ROC034937R-11
ROC105241C-11
ROC111444A-17
ROC158637B-1
ROC158638A
Prineville, OR CCB#103939
Sacramento, CA 142881
San Francisco, CA 142881
San Jose, CA (Corp HQ) 142881
Tempe, AZ ROC034937R-11
ROC105241C-11
ROC111444A-17
ROC158637B-1
ROC158638A
Texas 20807