The business was founded in 1945 by Frank Cady and operated as Cady Electric, Inc. until 1978 when John W. Mills purchased and incorporated the operation as John Mills Electric, Inc. Since 1978, the company has grown from 6 total employees with sales of $600,000 to a company with sales in excess of $25 million and, depending on needs, employing as many as 200 staff and technicians. John W. Mills’ philosophy of family-owned, committed service continues today under the management of George Denmark. In 2012, Mills Electric acquired the assets of long-time Elmira competitor, G. O. Wick Electric, Inc. In 2020, Mills Electric acquired the assets of Richardson Brothers, a long time Ithaca competitor. So now, John Mills Electric has offices in Elmira and Ithaca.
Originally specializing in power distribution and process control of glass melting and foundry industries, John Mills Electric, Inc. has kept pace with the technology revolution and the changing economic environment of upstate New York, and has a diversified into many specialized technology fields including applications for houses, health care facilities, prisons, schools, shopping plazas, colleges, community solar... and more!
John Mills Electric, Inc. serves a wide range of customers. From the typical homeowner, to government agencies, to Fortune 500 companies, we are a diversified electrical contractor committed to serving all of our customer’s needs.
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Our staff includes technicians who hold the following licenses and certifications:
The mission of John Mills Electric, Inc. is to ensure that the values and ideals of the founder of our company (John W. Mills) are implemented and practiced in our daily operations.
To ensure that these same values and ideals will be instilled in each subsequent generation of our employees. Values such as honesty, integrity and professionalism are paramount in how we want to deal with our customers, vendors and employees.
To continually strive to provide a safe working environment for all of our employees.
To never lose sight of the fact that we are always “guests” in our customer’s homes or places of business and to always act accordingly.
To provide continuing education and training to our employees so that we remain on the cutting edge of our industry.
To ensure a quality installation in accordance with the latest electrical codes and building standards.
To treat our customers and vendors in the same manner that we would want to be treated.
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