Our History

From Then to Now

Today ESCO is in our third generation of ownership. Throughout our history we have focused on long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with employees, clients, suppliers, and the community. This foundation still stands true today with our current ownership, and will continue as we move forward.

In the Beginning

Founded in 1964 by Wayne Engle, ESCO was a small, residential electrical contractor that was run out of the Engle home. By the early to mid-1970s, ESCO had grown into one of the most successful electrical companies in the Midwest, working on both residential and commercial projects, such as the Hiawatha Post Office, the Stouffer’s Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Ground Transportation Center, and the APAC building.

By the late 1980s, ESCO was in its second generation of ownership with Wayne’s son, Dave, running the company. Dave saw opportunities for ESCO outside of the residential and commercial markets and began growing the business in the industrial markets. He first acquired General Mills as a client and from there began adding more Fortune 500 companies to ESCO’s client list.

The Creation of ESCO Group

Once ESCO began working with industrial clients, opportunities outside of the electrical construction world arose, and ESCO found its way into electrical engineering and plant automation. During this time, ESCO also moved into OSHA and NFPA 70E safety training. Due to this growth, ESCO Group was created as a parent company, offering specific services focused on our clients’ needs.

Who We Are Today

ESCO Group focuses on electrical construction and design, plant automation, electrical engineering, NFPA 70E training, arc flash analysis, and safety consultation. Now in our third generation of ownership, we continue to approach business by focusing on long-term, mutually beneficial relationships, staying true to the standards that Wayne and Dave Engle set in place from our beginning.