Effective July 1, 2022, Collins Electrical Company Inc. (CECI) will officially recognizeApril 25, 1924, as the year the company started. CECI previously listed 1928 as the year Collins Electrical was founded. However, documents found in company archives note 1924 as the year Willard J. Collins hired Gus Sanguinetti. During the move from the Stockton offices to the new Metro building off Arch Road, President and CEO (at the time) Gene Gini came across records noting Willard Collins hired Gus Sanguinetti as an electrician and first employee. Unable to pay Sanguinetti a salary, Collins offered him a 50% share of the business and the rest is history.
“After extensive research clarifying the beginning of Collins Electrical”said Chairman of the Board, Gene Gini, “the Board resolved 1924 as the start of CECI and we are now able to fully commemorate the history and accomplishments of our company. We are proud of our long history here in Stockton and how we continue to operate by our core values of excellence and trust in everything we do.”
“The strength and longevity of our company starts and ends with our employees. Our field employees are literally the boots on the ground of our business, and we wouldn’t have made it to this point without them” added Co-CEO Brian Gini. “So, as we celebrate 100 years of Collins Electrical, we also celebrate the over 100 employees who have been with us for over 10 years.”
Kevin Gini, Co-CEO emphasized “Throughout our 90+ years, we have safely met the electrical needs of our clients by establishing a company culture based on loyalty, safety, and efficiency. Collins Electrical has contributed to the communities where we live and work, adapted to changing technologies and built a business that has endured and evolved. We hope to be around another 100 years!”
About Collins Electrical Company, Inc. Established in 1924, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) is a family owned/operated business and one of the top electrical construction and engineering firms in Northern California. With offices in Dublin, Marina, Modesto, Fresno, Stockton, & West Sacramento, CECI maintains specialized focus on all commercial, industrial, institutional, and energy-based markets. As an IBEW Union contractor, CECI upholds a valued reputation for unmatched quality and excellence in design, construction, and project management. Electrical Construction and Engineering Services provided by the company include: