COLUMBUS — A Lincoln-based electrical service company is stretching its lines northeast with the recent acquisition of longtime Columbus mainstay Marley’s Electric Inc.
Capitol City Electric Inc. purchased the business from Marlin and Mary Frauendorfer on Feb. 10 and will operate it as Capitol City Electric and Marley's Electric at its present location at 2164 Third Ave.
It shouldn’t come as any shock to Marley’s many commercial and residential customers that Marlin will be sticking around the company named after his childhood nickname, Marley. The 80-year-old has been an electrician for 60 years, 50 of those spent operating Marley’s.
Adam Randall, president and chief executive officer of the combined companies, said Marley’s Electric has developed a strong brand by consistently providing great service to its clients and the community.
“Marley will continue to work in his same capacity to ensure that all of our customers receive the same quality service that they have been accustomed to over the years,” Randall said.
Mary Frauendorfer, who has worked as the office manager the last 18 months, will also stay on at the new company to help out during the transition.
“This acquisition will give CCE a great opportunity to establish a larger presence in northeast Nebraska,” Randall said. “We have several local electricians that will join Marley to work out of this office to give us the ability to expand our industrial and commercial capabilities in the Columbus and surrounding areas.”
The Lincoln company specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of electrical services for industrial and commercial customers throughout the Midwest. In the past year, Capitol City has completed projects, from $300,000 to $6 million in size, in Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska.
Capitol City Electric currently has 12 electricians with varying degrees of MSHA training.
Randall has led Capitol City for two years, a period in which the company’s revenues climbed from $2 million to $20 million. During the same time span, Capitol City’s staff swelled from 17 to 120 employees.
Randall was previously a substation design engineer at Black & Veatch and Omaha Public Power District. He also worked at OPPD as a key account customer service representative and power marketer.
Marley’s has been a pillar of the community’s commercial and industrial electrical service sector for a long time.
The Columbus firm did the electrical work for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Walgreens, Sleep Inn and Holiday Inn. The company also wired St. Isidore Catholic Church, Federated Church and most of the big factories in town.
Marley’s has also been busy in the classroom, plugging in Centennial, Lost Creek, West Park and North Park elementary schools and the renovation of Columbus High. The company has also done plenty of electrical work at Central Community College.
“The list goes on,” said Mary, adding that the company did some electrical work for newly built homes and continues to serve the community’s residential homeowners.
“Marlin has always loved what he does,” she said.