This year, as in years past, it’s important to pause for a moment to express gratitude for all the good things we’ve been privileged to be part of over the past 12 months.
Our People Continue to Raise the Bar on Working Safely
After celebrating 110 years of powering Omaha’s growth in 2022, we had no let down in 2023. Between the home office and the field, our crew numbered more than 1,000 strong for a good portion of the year.
We were able to welcome traveling electricians from across America throughout the year to help supplement our team. They provided excellent feedback on the positive environment and culture we enjoy at Miller Electric.
That culture is something we actively build, and a big piece of it is our emphasis on safety. Highlights of our commitment to safety include the following:
- Miller Electric’s OSHA incident rates continue to be below industry average. (In this case, OSHA incident rates are like golf scores – the lower the better.)
- Tim Tanner and Roger Ferris provided company-wide Power Actuated Tools (PAT) and Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) training.
- We continued to offer NFPA 70E and OSHA safety continuing education training for foremen and others.
- Miller Electric was named one of Nebraska’s Safest Companies for a fifth year in a row.
We’re grateful to be part of Henry Miller’s legacy to send every worker home safely at the end of every day and look forward to another year of doing so in 2024.
Our energy outlook proved positive
In January, we shared an outlook on the electrical construction industry for 2023 that highlighted local and national opportunities. There was thought early from DISC Corp. President Chris Sokoll that there could be losses in the contracting sector and that we could see year-over-year reductions in electrical construction investments to the tune of 10 percent.
Despite projections that Nebraska at large, and Omaha specifically, could face a short-lived recession, Miller Electric stayed busy.
Our clients continued to entrust projects large and small to us, and we were most grateful to be part of them. Here are just a few of the unique and meaningful projects Miller provided commercial electrical wiring or low voltage services for in 2023.
Douglas County Justice Center
We were able to be part of the county’s new juvenile detention center. We worked collaboratively with Peter Kiewit and a number of small emerging businesses, minority businesses and other contractors and owners to bring the county’s vision to life.
RiverFront / Heartland of America Park / Lewis & Clark Landing
If you haven’t visited the RiverFront yet, plan a trip to downtown Omaha and take in the remarkable lighting displays and family-friendly activities to enjoy there. As we shared, the specialty lighting Miller Electric was able to install puts Omaha on the map for outdoor architecture and public lighting.
The complex underground electrical infrastructure our talented electricians installed enabled truly intelligent lighting control. As Electrical Project Manager Nathan Waldo shared, “MECA wanted this to be the best park in America and I think we’ve achieved it.”
Omaha’s downtown area is truly undergoing a renaissance. In addition to the RiverFront, a unique new venue is now open to host smaller, emerging acts to the area. Omaha is truly beginning to make a name for itself as a home for unique performance venues. And Miller Electric is building a reputation as a commercial electrical contractor skilled in wiring one-of-a-kind entertainment venues.
If you can catch an act at the Omaha Performing Arts Steelhouse, we highly recommend it.
Here for our community
We don’t just work here. We live here. And, we want to see Omaha grow for generations to come. We’re thankful for the many opportunities that allow us to have an active presence in our community.
We are thankful to be able to see the fruit of our labors in the ideas we help bring to life; the people who go to work in the facilities we wire; and the families who thrive in a safe and supported community.
Our participation in this work is a responsibility we don’t take lightly and one that we plan to continue to be trusted to perform in the year ahead.