Helm Electric, Farmington
Helm Electric Inc. is celebrating 45 years of membership with the Electrical Association this month! Rick Martinson and his team have been helping people in the Lakeville/Farmington area with their commercial and industrial electrical needs for decades. Helm Electric Inc. is a family-owned business and they want it to be that way for generations to come.
The company was started by Rick Martinson’s father, Dave, and it became incorporated in 1984. Growing up in the industry, Rick knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an electrician. He went to Dunwoody in 1988 and then took his apprenticeship course at IBEW 292. After Rick finished his apprenticeship in the mid-1990s, he went back and worked for Helm Electric.
Dave retired in 2019, and Rick decided to keep the business in the family. Rick and his two brothers, Josh and Scott, and his cousin Glen Seurer became the new owners of Helm Electric Inc. Eventually the owners are hoping to turn the company over to Glen’s son who is currently in training to join his family in the electrical industry.
Rick acknowledges that their local community is a big part of their business’ success. The positive word of mouth from people in the area has given Helm Electric Inc a lot of their business. Their great reputation speaks for itself with a lot of customers coming back time and time again for assistance on their electrical needs. It is nice for Rick to know that he doesn’t need to rely on advertising to get business.
The advice that Rick has for contractors that are just starting out in the business is very simple. Don’t expect to be successful right away and watch your dollar. New contractors need to understand that it takes time to grow the business and to make a profit.
It was Dave Martinson who originally became a member of the Electrical Association back in 1978. When Rick and his brother’s and cousin took over the company, they knew that keeping the relationship with the association was important so they continued their membership. They see the value in the training programs and code update classes that the association offers and didn’t want to lose the support.
Rick's busy schedule keeps him working most of the time, but he doesn’t forget to take a break from time to time to have some fun. On his days off, you can find Rick enjoying time on the lake at his dad’s place or working on street rod or attending a street rod show.
We want to express our thanks and gratitude to Rick and his team at Helm Electric Inc for their 45 years of association membership. Your dedication is appreciated!