A long-running Moorhead business has been a quiet staple in the fabric of the FMWF and surrounding communities for over five decades. Even now in their second generation, Rick Electric, Inc. is a humble family-owned and operated service company with down-to-earth employees and tried and true practices.
Today Rick Electric, Inc. is run by Greg Rick, who serves as president, Denny Rick as EVP and secretary treasurer, and Eric Moe as VP. Greg and Denny’s parents started the company in 1964 as an electrical contractor. Greg has worked there his entire adult life, doing a range of jobs from estimator to project manager. He purchased the business with Denny in 1998.
Many of Rick Electric Inc.’s employees have long histories with the business as well. With about 30 employees making up what Greg calls his “core crew,” seven have been there for over 10 years, five for over 20 and another five over 30. “In this industry, everything is about your people,” he commented.
While the business is based in Fargo-Moorhead, they do plenty of business in the surrounding region – and states – too. In fact, one of their longest-standing clients is the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Greg’s favorite project was when they did 600 new houses and related electrical utilities.
They’re currently working on the Best Buy remodel at West Acres and recently finished remodeling the John Carlson hockey coliseum in north Fargo. Locally, they also put their stamp on SCHEELS, Costco, the Concordia College Offutt School of Business and UND School of Medicine, one of the largest construction projects in North Dakota.
While they offer services for businesses, educational and government institutions, they also maintain a respectable offering for homeowners. Greg says some of the smaller projects they’re happy to do include those items on your honey-do list. “We have six qualified electrical servicemen with stocked vans scheduling those phone calls. A light fixture or a ceiling fan, things like that,” he said.
Throughout the years, they’ve monitored trends to be able to offer the services their clients need. The advancement of technology is the most profound change Greg can recall, including the “Internet of things,” modern security systems and cameras and LED lighting.
The Rick Electric, Inc. crew operates on the most basic customer service principles, which is likely why they’ve gained such a reliable reputation. “Your word is your contract,” Greg said. “If we say we’re going to do something, we do it.”
Looking ahead, Greg is concerned about the workforce and keeping young people interested in trades. To try and support those efforts, they offer a training program for apprentices to work during the day, go to electrical training school paid by Rick Electric, Inc. After the training is complete, they can take their State Electrical test to be a journeyperson and have no college debt.
Other ways they support the community include donating to Minnesota Hockey Day, Habitat for Humanity and the Red River Zoo, and sponsoring various sports teams as they’re able to.
Rick Electric celebrated their 50-year anniversary with a “wire cutting” ceremony with Chamber ambassadors in 2014.