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Articles | September 18, 2018

Growth Surge: EC&M’s 2018 Top 50 Electrical Contractors

Reported revenue realized from electrical projects in 2017 translates into continued good fortune for many of this year’s Top 50, but top-line expansion exposes growth pain worries.


Amidst what could be one of the most business-friendly environments seen in years, America’s largest electrical contractors appear to be thriving as a group, beneficiaries of growth-oriented tax policies, looser regulation, and a building boom.

The 50 companies with the highest reported revenue in 2017 brought in a combined $26.2 billion worth of electrical work. Those companies, which comprise EC&M’s annual Top 50 ranking for 2018 in terms of reported prior-year revenues, outdid last year’s collection of key players by $2.4 billion — or 10% above their 2016 revenues of $23.8 billion (Fig. 1).

The 2018 Top 50 not only established a new record for non-inflation adjusted income, but also recorded the biggest year-over-year jump in revenues since 2014, when, barreling out of the last recession, the 2015 Top 50 reported a 39% surge. Revenues then basically flatlined until last year. Little wonder, then, that the annual EC&M Top 50 survey, which yields the revenue numbers as well as deep insights into contractors’ business priorities, concerns, challenges, and opportunities, found many respondents upbeat. Eight of 10 companies said the “business climate” was strong (Fig. 2). Look back just two years, though, and the share of contractors seeing a favorable climate was just more than 60%. A year later, seven in 10 of the 2017 Top 50 judged the climate as strong.


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Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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