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With the completion of the $1.8 million Port-Wide Security Enhancements Project, Chula Vista Electric Co. and its network systems division will add another complex project to their long list of accomplishments.

Doing business in Greater San Diego since 1925, Chula Vista Electric Co. remains one of the few locally owned electrical contractors with the resources to provide a full range of services to commercial and industrial customers. From fusion reactors, wind generation and plasma guns to process lines for television and ceramics manufacturers, they are a full-service contractor, able to design and build a 138,000-volt substation but not above installing a receptacle for a local merchant.

Chula Vista Electric Co. values the direct customer relationships they have with firms such as Sony (NYSE: SNE), Kyocera (NYSE: KYO) and General Atomics. They have done work from the South Atlantic (Ascension Island) to the South Pacific (Guam), and from Chile to Hong Kong and Germany. Their reputation for providing quality, safe work, especially in the high voltage field, is well known.

Other electrical contractors use CVE for high voltage work and SDG&E has referred customers to them because of their 24-hour emergency services.

Their network systems division provides their customers with the voice, data and video expertise. Besides their contract with the Port of San Diego, they have done a substantial amount of datacom work for the Sweetwater Union High School District and video and nurse-call work for Scripps hospitals, among others.

When the current ownership of Jim Cowan, Bob Friar and Fred Pradels bought Chula Vista Electric Co. in 1992, it was an uncertain time in San Diego. They were in the middle of a recession and some of the largest companies in San Diego were closing or leaving town. They weathered those hard times by maintaining their commitment to quality, integrity and flexibility.

Chula Vista Electric Co. has long believed that education is the key to competitiveness as an electrical contractor.

"Keeping up to date" are words that have guided Chula Vista Electric Co. for half a century. Staying current is essential in the industrial high voltage and voice-data-video areas that are their primary business focus. They enforce the minimum requirements for education in the union contract and encourage, recognize and reward the employees who make additional efforts to take classes in their off hours.

They have also been very involved in the National Electrical Contractors Association San Diego Chapter. President Jim Cowan served two terms as the chapter president and Vice President Bob Friar serves as a management representative on IBEW Local 569 pension board. They are also proud to be part of the San Diego Chapter's partnership with IBEW Local 569 to provide a "Drug-Free" Work Force and Electrician Certification.

As Cowan, who has worked for Chula Vista Electric Co. since 1964, pointed out, "We have always been in this business for the long term. Our business plan is pretty simple, to provide our customers with quality service at a reasonable price."


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