Our History - Collins Electrical

Our History

Gus Sanguinetti

In 1924, W.J. Collins, the company founder, hired electrician A.J. “Gus” Sanguinetti as his sole employee.  By the end of 1928, Sanguinetti acquired full ownership of the company. Read more

First Major Project

Collins Electric’s first major project was the State Hospital in Stockton which was followed by the Mendocino State hospital.
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Collins Joins the NECA

In 1946, Collins joined the National Electrical Contractors Association (N.E.C.A.) Read more

Collins Electrical Co. Incorporates

The company incorporates as Collins Electrical Co. on 9/13/1949. Read more

Navy Commendation and Expansion to Sacramento

During the Korean War, the Stockton Office organized a marine division. This branch wired ships for Colberg Boat Works of Stockton who had a U.S. Navy contract.
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Expansion to Merced and Modesto

In 1953, CECI opened a branch in Merced to handle work at the Castle Air Force Base. A branch in Modesto was also opened.
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Gus Hires John Nomellini and Henning Thompson

Gus hires both John Nomellini at the age of 16 in 1955 and Henning Thompson at the age of 19 a few years later.
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Collins Electrical Company, Inc.

On 4/23/1957, the Company’s name was changed to Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) Read more

30th anniversary and $8,000,000 in revenue

CECI celebrated its 30th anniversary in 1958 with an all-time high revenue of $8,000,000. The company continued to expand its branch offices by purchasing Modern Electric in Fresno, CA.
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Eugene C.

Current CEO and President Eugene C. “Gene” Gini was hired to work in the Stockton warehouse in 1960 before joining the Apprenticeship program.
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John Nomellini Becomes President

John Nomellini became President after A.J. "Gus" Sanguinetti’s passing in 1966. Read more

CECI named among the top 10 Electrical Companies in the Nation

In 1970, CECI was named among the top ten electrical companies in the nation by “Engineering News Record” magazine.
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Expansion to Central Coast

Collins Electrical Company, Inc. opens the Marina Branch in 1972 Read more

Henning Thompson becomes President

Henning Thompson became President when Nomellini retired in 1983. Read more

Gene Gini Elected CEO & President

Gene Gini was elected CEO and President of CECI in 1990 after serving as Modesto Branch Manager.
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Family Owned Business

CECI became a family owned business in 2000.
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Collins Breaks the $100M Ceiling

In 2007, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. exceeds $100 M in revenue for the first time.
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