Waldman Electric – no job is too small
Steve Waldman Electric Inc. does residential, commercial and industrial electrical work.
Fire alarms, security systems, pole lines, fiber optics, parking lot lighting, and telephone data wiring are among the types of jobs this family-owned Lycoming County business does.
“We pretty much do it all,” said owner Steve Waldman.
Waldman started the business 13 years ago out of his home.
Going into business for himself was something he’d long wanted to do, although he admits to having had no real business plan before getting started.
“We converted our kids’ toy room into an office,” recalled Waldman’s wife Corinne. “We started with two employees.”
Waldman, having worked as an electrician for several different local businesses, was able to draw on his contacts to build up a client base.
The first job, they said, was working on the showroom of Tribeca Jewelry, 600 Cemetery St., Williamsport.
Other early jobs included at the Giant supermarket in the Loyal Plaza
Waldman eventually moved the business out of his home to Loyalsock Township just off the Golden Strip near K.C. Larson before relocating to its present site at 345 E. Southern Ave, South Williamsport.
Waldman has since grown his company to 23 employees.
“We have been fortunate to hire people from Penn College and Triangle Tech,” he said. “I try to hire guys that go to school. They can progress faster if they have that background.”
Waldman is a graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College’s electrical construction program.
His son, Brian, 27, a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate, is being groomed to eventually take over the business.
“We hope so,” said Corinne.
Waldman said among the challenges of running his business is keeping with the ever-changing technology and regulations in the industry.
With that, Corinne held up a thick tome called the National Code Book, which serves as a sort of industry guide.
An updated version of the book is issued every three years.
Waldman said his business bids on a lot of work in the area, including with local school districts and municipalities.
He works with a lot of repeat customers and much of his business comes through word of mouth.
No job is too small.
A homeowner looking to have a basement rewired can pick up the phone and call Waldman’s business.
“I have never turned anyone down,” he said.
The business has 24-hour service.
Waldman only wishes he’d started the business earlier in life.
“It actually has been a lot of fun,” he said. “I enjoy meeting all our customers.”
The couple admit running a business is demanding, but they also know how to relax.
Waldman likes to hunt and fish.
And he and his wife have been on cruises and attend Penn State football games.