O'Neill Electric Inc. will be honored as Construction Contractor of the Year at the Minority Business Opportunity Committee's 2007 Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 3. at the Oregon Convention Center.
Maurice Rahming founded O'Neill Electric Inc. with Alida (Ali) O'Neill in 1998.
Starting out as an electrical apprentice during high school more than 12 years ago, Rahming progressed through working as a journeyman wireman, foreman and general foreman. Now as the president of O'Neill Electric Inc., Rahming supervises operations, working in the field as well as offering expert leadership and project management skills. Both Rahming and O'Neill believe in "hands-on" ownership and are involved in every aspect of running the business and the projects, from the initial estimate to ordering material to producing as-built drawings.
The company has grown its sales from $320,000 in 1999 to $3.2 million in 2006. Projected sales for 2007 are now approaching $4 million. "While we are very proud of our financial growth and success," Rahming and O'Neill said in a statement, "it is an even greater reward to have developed such a great team of employees we can count on and to have loyal customers call us back year after year to help them with their needs. We believe that keeping our eyes on the prize, by striving to improve our company every day, and emphasizing the importance of honest and open communication with our customers, employees and vendors, has helped us become what we are today.
During the past three years, O'Neill Electric Inc has been moving into more environmentally sustainable building projects. "Through green building and solar installations, we have the chance to be at the forefront of new technologies while helping to improve the future for everyone," O'Neill and Rahming say in their statement. "Our goal is to continue to expand our expertise and involvement in this arena over the coming years."