Member Spotlight

Karl Knobelsdorff--Knobelsdorff Electric, Goodhue & Eagan, MN

by Michelle Dreier
Member Engagement/Government Affairs Manager

This month’s Member Spotlight features Knobelsdorff Electric (KEI) of Goodhue, MN.  KEI started as a family business in 1988, in a small garage on a plot of family-owned Minnesota farmland. The main facility is still nestled within farm fields on a gravel road, but my has it grown! 

In 1990, the first true electrical shop was built. That shop has now grown to a 45,000-sq-ft facility and has expanded to a second location in Eagan, MN to house the Controls Engineering group and UL 508A panel shop.

As Knobelsdorff Electric has grown over the years, they’ve expanded their services to include project management, construction services, UL panel building and automation system services.

While the business was started by Juergen and Char Von Knobelsdorff, current CEO and President Karl von Knobelsdorff officially became part of the business in 2008.  Karl has grown the business from five employees to the large shop it is today.

When Karl is not working alongside his electricians, he enjoys riding dirt bikes and spending time with his wife and four children.

Knobelsdorff Electric Inc was recently awarded the Platinum Level of Achievement STEP Award from Associated Builders and Contractors Safety Training Evaluation Process. This award was given to them for maintaining excellent safety conditions during the Dundas Community Solar Garden project. Below is a photo from the ribbon cutting ceremony proving that their team's hard work and perseverance paid off. You can read more about the solar project at