Our History

We're celebrating 90 years of service in the Milwaukee area this year and we're proud of our rich history. 

Scroll through our growth into one of Milwaukee's largest and most trusted employee-owned organizations for quality, collaboration, integrity and technology. We're proud to serve you through one of our five divisions -- electrical service, signs, data communication, energy technology and electrical construction. Learn more about our 2018 year of celebration now. 

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1928

William & Clara Lemberg found Lemberg Electric

The company will go on to outgrow several locations and become 100% employee-owned. 

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1930-1940’s

Work on downtown buildings

Work expands from a base of residential appliance and radio sales and repair to commercial work on downtown buildings, including JC Penney and Texaco stations.

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1952

Ron Maassen joins Lemberg as apprentice

Ron Maassen joins Lemberg as an apprentice in 1952. He later becomes president of Lemberg Electric and instrumental in forming the ESOP that exists today.

Growing business

Lemberg continues to grow to include four service trucks, one boom truck, fifteen journeymen, and five apprentices.

Height of petroleum contract work

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1960s

Commence new construction projects

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1962

Joseph Bubacy joins Lemberg as an electrician

He later becomes Executive Vice President and instrumental in forming the ESOP that exists today.

1972

William Lemberg retires

William Lemberg retires and he is succeeded by his son, Gerald.

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1974

Thomas Perra joins Lemberg as controller

He later becomes Chief Financial Officer and instrumental in forming the ESOP that exists today. Perra will be remembered through the Thomas R. Perra Memorial Golf Outing, which raises over $11K annually for the MACC Fund. 

1978

David Washebek joins Lemberg

David Washebek joins Lemberg as an apprentice in 1978. He later succeeds Ron Maassen as president of Lemberg Electric.

David Washebek joins Lemberg, eventually becomes President.

Thomas Perra becomes treasurer of Lemberg

1992

Gerald Lemberg retires, ESOP created

Gerald Lemberg retires and the company is sold to Ronald Maassen, Joseph Bubacy and Thomas Perra who create the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

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New markets

Lemberg takes on a new market with the creation of a sign division. Shell Oil is its first customer. 

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1995 -1997

Harley-Davidson Product Development Center project

Lemberg Electric Company foreman/electrician William Chetney installs copper cables as part of the 26,400 volt electrical system that will carry provide power to a distribution system in Harley-Davidson, Inc.'s Product Development Center being built on W. Capitol Dr. in Wauwatosa. Testing stations will use the power to compile and record performance data.

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2007

Lemberg relocates headquarters to Brookfield, WI

Lemberg purchases, renovates and moves into a new 48,000 sq ft corporate headquarters building in Brookfield, WI. This move marks the third location for Lemberg. The company moved from its State Street location in 1997 to 109th Street in Milwaukee. 

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2008

Lemberg enters the Photovoltaic market with GE rooftop PV project

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2009

Lemberg acquires So-Lite Neon Sign company

So-Lite brought a 75-year history as a quality sign contractor in Milwaukee to Lemberg's already well-established sign division.

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2010

Lemberg acquires Waukesha-based Good Electric, Inc.

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2014

Lemberg unveils new brand

The company makes change to broaden possibilities for current and future diversification. The new brand highlights five divisions: electrical construction, service, data communications, energy technology and signs. 

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2016

Completion of 7,600 sq ft, onsite, state-of-the-art training facility

Lemberg dedicates space at the Brookfield location to safety, leadership and innovation. The company also engages Living As A Leader in a 3-year commitment to leadership training. 

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A continued first-place streak

Lemberg sign designers are awarded first place in the Wisconsin Sign Association's Annual Design Competition for their monument signage at the Windrush subdivision in Hartland, WI. The award continues a 7-year first place streak.

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2017

Lemberg is named to MMAC/Cosbe's Future 50 list of the fastest growing companies in the area

Lemberg is named one of Milwaukee's Future 50 by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce's Council of Small Business Executives group. They join the list of fastest growing firms in the southeastern Wisconsin. 

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Lemberg receives a Top Reader Ranking from the Daily Reporter subscribers

Lemberg is voted as one of the area's best electrical construction companies by subscribers of The Daily Reporter.

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Lemberg becomes a Gold Level Trade Ally by Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program

Lemberg earns Gold Level status for earning over $32,000 for customers in the first two quarters of the year. The company will earn the highest status, Platinum, by 2018. 

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2018

Lemberg celebrates its 90-year anniversary and 25 years of employee-ownership

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