Since 1982, A. Circuit Electric Ltd. has continued their legacy of providing exceptional electrical services in the Edmonton region. “Our high-quality standards and our track record of completing construction projects and service calls on time and on budget have earned us an enviable reputation,” says Victor Ciezki, master electrician and co-founder at A. Circuit Electric. “We take pride in our work and these qualities have kept us in business for 40 years.”
In their early days, Victor and his wife Wanda, also co-founder of the business, ran the company out of their home. At that time the company was mainly focused on residential work with some smaller commercial projects. Their growth was steady.
“The company maintained five-to-ten electricians in the early years, focusing on smaller projects and working for a handful of home builders,” recalls Victor and Wanda’s son Greg Ciezki, certified master electrician (CME) and project manager of business development at A. Circuit Electric. “We employed a lot of family members back in the early days. So, it literally was a family-run company for many years.”
Greg worked at A. Circuit Electric for many summers throughout his youth, officially joining the company in 1994. Through his apprenticeship, he completed his Journeyman electrician certification in 1998. In 2006, he successfully followed in his father’s footprints, becoming a master electrician.
“In 2003 we slowly transitioned out of residential and moved toward the commercial sector,” says Greg. “Like many companies that start in a garage, we outgrew our space, secured and relocated to our new facility. This allowed us to continue growing. This expansion helped us to secure our first major contract with Dollarama Stores throughout Alberta. Over the next 10 years, we successfully completed over 70 new locations”
With continued business growth, more help in the office was needed. In July of 2008, A. Circuit Electric promoted Steven Marques from the field to their vital office staff in the role of estimating and project management. This kicked off their expansion into the larger commercial market.
Steve’s presence brought a positive attitude, good work ethic and a great motivation to learn for those around him. And, it came with a true appreciation for the business as Steve had started with the company fresh out of high school, completing his apprenticeship to achieve his Journeyman certification. With that, in 2015 Steve joined Victor and Greg as a master electrician.
Steve discusses one of A. Circuit’s successes in managing a project for Amazon, saying, “The Amazon non-sort facility in Nisku is a 1,000,000 sq. ft. warehouse and our largest contract to date. Our work was on a very tight schedule with months lost to bad weather,” says Steve. “We had to hire many electricians while working double and triple shifts to get this project completed successfully. While having many challenges with COVID-19, I am especially proud of the way our team stayed dedicated and safely came together to make this such a successful project.”
A. Circuit Electric strives to be a place that not only provides outstanding service to each client, but also functions as a workplace that empowers employees. What started as a two-person team now employs over 50 people and continues to grow.
“We want A. Circuit Electric to be a place where people want to work,” says Wanda. “We’re also a company that comes front-of-mind for our industry and clients.”
Victor seconds Wanda’s wishes. “We are a proud family owned and operated company and we treat our employees as such,” he says. “We pride ourselves on our repeat business through our 40 years. That repeat business is based on referrals thanks to our quality of work, on-site safety, customer service and completion on schedule. Each project, no matter the size, is important to us.”
Over the course of 40 years, A Circuit Electric’s name has become synonymous with the reasons for its success, which include:
• Outstanding work quality
• Cost-effective solutions
• Efficient problem solving
• Client and industry trust building and valuing relationships
• Completing projects on time and on budget
• Exceptional Customer Service
• Innovation and adaptation of technology
• Great track record of successful projects, including high-profile projects for Amazon’s Nisku facility
“Our success is also due, very much in part, to the hard work and dedication of our employees and continued support of our contractors, suppliers and customers,” says Wanda. “We are forward thinking and innovative. We keep our company commitments and we are a trusted partner in the industry offering exceptional value through every project.”
Over the years A. Circuit Electric has also proudly created valuable traditions and memories for their team. “I remember loving to work Saturdays,” says Greg. “We had a breakfast tradition to start the day. These mornings were filled with good laughs as we finished up odds and ends from the week to get a good start on the upcoming week. Part of what makes A. Circuit Electric a great place to work is our commitment to putting on so many social events, including our annual golf tournament, poker tournaments, barbeques, shinny hockey, bowling and our yearly Christmas party. These events are a great way to see all of our staff away from the job sites and for everyone to have a chance to relax and unwind.”
According to Steve, the Amazon project award tops his list of memorable moments. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment in not just successfully completing the project on-schedule, but also the entire team’s dedication and desire to exceed customer expectations. Wanda and Vic also value the many friendships within the construction industry their team have cemented over the years. In fact, community appreciation and giving back are top of mind for them. “When not on the jobsite you’ll find our team volunteering and donating to causes like the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, community hockey and junior soccer teams,” says Wanda.
In addition, A. Circuit Electric thanks their industry peers, suppliers and clients. “We couldn’t have achieved what we have to this point without their professionalism and support,” says Vic. “We are also incredibly grateful for our reliable employees, their great work ethic, positive attitude and their willingness to learn. Each person brings different strengths to our company. Steve adds, “We remain united in our objective to provide the highest quality electrical installation for our clients while meeting their allotted budgets and constrained schedules.”
The first 40 years have promised great growth for the next 40 for A. Circuit Electric. “We are hoping for continued success and leaving this business in the capable hands of our continued legacy as we pass on the torch to the next generation,” say Vic and Wanda. “We aim to build on, and maintain, existing trusted partnerships while developing new ones in both new and existing markets as we continue our tried and true people-first business model,” adds Greg.
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