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.