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Mike Abbott nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by M Conley Co.

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It had been a frustrating day for Mike Abbott as he spent hours searching fruitlessly for some critical pipes in the former Mercy School of Nursing. Finally he called his father Jim who remembered installing those conduits when the building was under construction in 1969. “Look behind the closet in the corner,” he told his son. It was not the first time two generations of Abbotts worked together to solve a tough problem.

In multi-generational family companies, the first generation often flies blind to give succeeding generations the gift of sight. Jim Abbott graduated from Timken High’s electrical shop program and became foreman for a number of commercial electrical contractors in the area. To help care for his young family, Jim bought a laundromat at Meyer’s Lake, then a car wash.

By 1978, Jim was ready to leave a solid union foreman’s job to start Abbott Electric out of the back of his station wagon. 41 years later the move looks like a stroke of genius, but nothing was certain at the time. Looking back son Mike Abbott knows exactly how his father made it work. “He was the hardest working and smartest business person I’ve ever been around.” Apparently, the Timken High shop graduate was born with an MBA, or at least an uncommon dose of business sense.

Son Mike surpassed his father in academic achievement, graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in Electrical Engineering, but got his business acumen from the School of Jim Abbott. When Jim’s work ethic took Abbott Electric as far as possible, he began acquiring many of the same companies he’d worked for in the past.

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Abbott Electric wins Best Electrical Company from The Canton Repository in 2019

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Abbott named Best Electrical Contractor again in 2019

Founded in 1978, Abbott Electric, Inc. has two locations, one in Canton and one in Dover. The full-service electrical contractor primarily focuses on commercial and industrial electrical projects, but the team also performs retail, residential, fire alarm, security alarm and phone/data wiring projects.

Abbott Electric is a second-generation, family-owned and operated company employing roughly 150 people. It is owned by president Michael Abbott, vice president Steven Abbott, CFO Brent Fatzinger and project manager/estimator Tony Abbott.

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In the News: US Builders Review 2019 feature on Abbott Electric

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Nearly four decades of family-run, full-service contracting

Produced by Sean O’Reilly and Written by Tom Faunce

Quality and dependable service are the primary factors for Abbott Electric Inc.’s nearly 40-year existence. A full-service electrical contractor, Abbott Electric provides both consulting and designing-engineering services on commercial and industrial projects throughout the state of Ohio. Abbott Electric sets itself apart from the competition by engineering all design work in-house. The company’s on-staff licensed, professional engineers personally oversee every design before installation.

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Abbott Electric acquires S&L Electric, formerly The Spring Electric Company

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September 26, 2018– Abbott Electric, a family-owned electrical contractor headquartered in Canton, Ohio, today announced the acquisition of S & L Electric, a third-generation, family-owned electrical contractor formerly known as Spring Electric.

Abbott Electric, founded in 1978, will assume ownership beginning October 1. Effective that date, all union electricians employed by S & L will continue their employment with Abbott Electric. Joe Manko, S & L’s estimator will also move to Abbott Electric and retain that position. Fritz Spring, former CEO of S & L, will continue in sales and estimating on behalf of Abbott Electric.

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Abbott in Action

Since our founding by Jim Abbott in 1978, Abbott Electric has been a proud contributor to the success of many local businesses, community endeavors and special projects across our service region.