Elite Electrical is 'professional' and 'punctual'
That's how John Predham describes his business, Elite Electrical Enterprises in New Milford.
The full-service electrical contractor specializes in high and low voltage systems, as well as provides general electrical services, from design to installation.
"We're one of the few companies that still puts an outlet in and does service calls," Mr. Predham said during a recent interview at his office.
Elite offers free estimates and responds to new work within 24 to 48 hours, he said.
Mr. Predham opened the company in 1993 in Pawling, N.Y., shortly after completing a five-year apprenticeship with an electrical union.
He expanded the business into the Connecticut market about a year ago when he opened an office at 209-2 Kent Road (Route 7) in New Milford, just south of Adrienne Restaurant.
Since then, Elite has provided a variety of electrical services to residential and commercial properties in the region, reaching as far north as the Connecticut/Massachusetts border.
In addition, Mr. Predham is looking to open an office in Florida.
With Elite's multiple offices, fleet of more than 25 service vans and trucks and staff of 32 employees, the company is prepared to handle requests of many types.
Whether it's installing a new outlet, hanging a chandelier, installing a central vacuum system or a backup generator, Elite is prepared.
Other services include structured wiring, electrical services for new construction, additions and renovations, trenching and core boring, emergency service repairs, as well as design, build, and power, low voltage, lighting and green solutions.
Homeowners and business owners are all about being green these days. Mr. Predham said his company stays current with the latest offerings and can help customers on their way to be "green."
"There are a lot of things we can do that will save the client money for a small investment," he said.
The company is just getting into solar power, he said.
Bernard Kessman of Sherman has been doing business with Elite for 10 years, having had the business install pool wiring, solar panels and wiring for two additions.
"They're very, very professional, very punctual and polite," he said of the company.
"They're the only electricians I allow in," Mr. Kessman said.
Mr. Predham praised the quality of his staff's work. He emphasized that all staff are trained and participate in monthly in-house training sessions.
Elite senior estimator Tony Cangianni said one of the aspects of his job is keeping current on the latest trends in the field.
"There's always a new product, a new code or ruling on what can and cannot be done," he said, noting "you have to constantly stay up to date."
Mr. Predham also emphasized that if an employee is on a job and "sees something that doesn't look safe" the customer will be notified and the employee will make suggestions for the steps that need to be taken to ensure safety.
"We're upfront," Mr. Predham said. "If we see something, we say something."
Mr. Predham also owns and operates Elite Performance Integration, which specializes in an assortment of technological integration services for the home and office.
For example, EPI can design and install computer networks, virtual offices, lighting control systems, motorized shading and Full Swing Golf, a room-size simulator that offers users the chance to play golf on a number of world championship golf courses.
Elite is licensed and insured in Connecticut and New York.