Published On: Thursday, 09 November 2017
Mazzei Electric Offers Employees Opportunity as Growth Continues
NANAIMO – Since it was founded more than 20 years ago, family-owned Mazzei Electric Ltd. has grown from a local start-up into a major electrical contracting business with an impact felt province-wide.
Headquartered in Nanaimo, the company now has a staff count of more than 130 and operates offices in Victoria and in Fort St. John, working with everyone from homeowners to the premiere builders and developers in the province.
Third generation electrician and current company President Ben Mazzei credits much of his company’s growth and success on both its willingness to work on projects of any size, and on the expertise and vision of his staff and management team.
“My father Frank Mazzei started the business in 1994, doing primarily commercial service contracts. We still work for many of his original customers,” he said.
Mazzei Electric is the electrical contractor of choice for many of BC’s top builders and has extensive experience working on residential projects such as housing developments and multi-family residential projects as well as on commercial and light industrial assignments.
The current company President (whose grandfather was also an electrician) began working for the firm in 2002, having completed his electrical apprenticeship first in Saskatchewan and later in Victoria.
“We expanded into both the Victoria and the Fort St. John markets about five years ago, which has kept us very busy, and has led to some major growth for us. Finding good people can be a challenge and we want to keep those we do find, so we put a lot of effort into making Mazzei a good place to work,” Mazzei said.
One key to the vibrancy of the firm is the youthful nature of its management team, a grouping of young professionals with a vision that includes long careers and a willingness to embrace new business approaches while recognizing the value of the emerging technologies.
“Most of our key employees have grown as the company has, so we have a number of long term employees. When I took it over from my Dad five or six years ago there were approximately 25 employees. So most of my key employees have grown and evolved as the business has,” he said.
Serving clients all across Vancouver Island and throughout Northern British Columbia from its Fort St. John office, Mazzei Electric has grown by providing a full spectrum of services.
“We have fully functioning service departments, we work for homebuilders, we’ll do condominiums for developers, we’ll do infrastructure projects, institutional projects and we even work for a number of property management firms. Being willing to work with a variety of clients, on projects of any size – large or small – that’s what has helped us grow and will allow us to continue to grow,” Mazzei explained.
For its President and his management team, the company’s past and ongoing success is directly linked to its stated corporate Mission Statement: "Mazzei Electric is committed to building long-term relationships based on integrity, performance and value. We strive to provide exceptional service and quality electrical work that surpasses your expectations."
That adherence to delivering excellence regardless of the size of the project, and a dedication to innovation and ongoing skills training for its team will ensure continued success for the company as it approaches its first quarter century in business and beyond.
“I like to think of us as an energetic, progressive company with a strong customer service focus. We always put the customer first. If something should go wrong we’ll be right there to fix it,” he said.
“Another very important part of the company, from our employee’s perspective is our safety program. Safety is a huge thing for us so our goal is to always maintain an accident-free workplace. We’re committed to the health, safety and well being of both our staff and our customers. That’s a big part of our success.”