Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hatzel & Buehler - Celebrating 130 Years of Service

Every economic sector reserves a special place for pioneering companies. Respect grows when, more than a century after the formation of an enterprise, it continues to provide innovative leadership in its industry. Hatzel & Buehler, Inc., the oldest electrical contracting company in America, founded by two electricians who worked with Thomas Edison, is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. 

Hatzel & Buehler's storied past is an important facet in the electrification of the United States - one of the most significant industrial phases of the late 19th century.

In 1882, master electricians John Hatzel and Joseph Buehler worked beside Thomas Edison to launch The Electrical Illuminating Company, at 255 Pearl Street in Manhattan.

The company ultimately became Consolidated Edison and today provides electric service for most of New York City and Westchester County.

Shortly after completing the first commercial electrical generating plant, in 1884, Mr. Hatzel and Mr. Buehler left The Electrical Illuminating Company to begin their partnership of Hatzel & Buehler, Inc., opening their first office in New York City.

The quality of their work was immediately recognized by many of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs, who signed contracts with them not just to build their businesses’ infrastructures, but to build their personal residences.

Electrical systems in the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., at J.P.  Morgan’s personal New York residence, the Vanderbilt Mansion in Newport, R.I., and the DuPont’s Winterthur and Longwood Gardens were all constructed by electricians employed by Hatzel & Buehler.

Affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Hatzel & Buehler has the distinction of being the longest continuous member in the National Electrical Contractors Association, of which it has been a member since 1901.

Hatzel & Buehler electricians completed work on many landmark commercial buildings and structures throughout New York City and beyond, including The Chrysler Building, the General Electric Building,  Johnson & Johnson’s world headquarters and Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida.

Numerous transmitter rooms for tenants occupying the Empire State Building were installed by Hatzel & Buehler electricians. Customers include WCBS, WNBC, WABC, WPIX, UNIVISION, Home Shopping Network, Clear Channel and Motorola.

The company focuses on corporate infrastructure upgrades related to redundant power systems, security and fire safety installations, new office construction, trading facilities, television and radio broadcast studios and transmission systems.

Hatzel & Buehler continues to maintain long-standing customer relationships with some of the nation’s premier companies, including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, CBS, Verizon, Sotheby’s, Comcast, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Marathon Oil and Credit Suisse.

A full-service company, Hatzel & Buehler offers expertise in electric design, construction, engineering, integration, and maintenance, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia

In 2005, in an effort to further service their customers, Hatzel & Buehler established Bluestone Communications, Inc. - a telecommunications subsidiary. Such expansion allowed Hatzel & Buehler to service their customers as a single resource for all high and low voltage electrical work.

As the company looks ahead to the future, Hatzel & Buehler continues to set the standard for excellence in electrical construction by leading the industry in safety initiatives, technological advances and well-established customer relationships.

The ElectricWeb proudly salutes Hatzel & Buehler for its 130 years of service.

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