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United Utility Acquires Williams Electric Company

Sept. 14, 2021
The deal accelerates national expansion and growth opportunities for utility services companies.

United Utility, a multifaceted utility services company, has acquired Williams Electric Company, a comprehensive electrical utility contractor with primary operations in North and South Carolina and expanded reach throughout the southeast United States. The acquisition adds a recognized, trusted brand to United Utility's platform of utility service providers, while growing its national footprint.

Williams Electric will continue to operate under the same name with the same management team and staff in place, working collaboratively with United Utility to serve customers and pursue new opportunities to expand services.

"This partnership represents an exciting opportunity to build upon Williams Electric's well-respected brand, experience and dedicated staff to provide top-notch service to our respective customers throughout the region," said United Utility CEO Ali Azad. "With the addition of Williams Electric to our team, we continue to enhance and expand our suite of utility services for customers along the East Coast, especially in the transmission and distribution sector."

Founded in 1968 and based in Shelby, North Carolina, Williams Electric offers a wide array of electrical services, including transmission, distribution and storm restoration. The company primarily serves regulated utilities, cooperatives and municipal utilities along the East Coast, particularly in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

"Williams Electric Company was founded over 50 years ago with a commitment to safety, customer service and quality construction. These remain at the forefront as we strive to provide exceptional service to our customers and an engaging, reliable work environment for our employees," said Williams Electric President Rick Falls. "We are very excited to partner with United Utility, who values these principles and will work with us to continue to provide dependable and efficient service while maintaining the same name and staff that our customers have grown to know and trust."

"I am glad to see that the company my father, Ed Williams, and Speed Williams launched in 1968 will continue to operate with the same management team and with the same focus on safety and customer service," said Andrew Williams, owner of Williams Electric.

United Utility is a utility services company focused on building a platform of providers with specialized expertise in the power transmission and distribution sector.

The acquisition is the latest in a series of key acquisitions that are part of United Utility's national growth strategy. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, United Utility was established in 2018 through the acquisition of W.A. Chester, a leading electrical contractor offering specialized services in underground transmission and distribution cable systems, overhead distribution, substations, and communications. 

United Utility also expanded its footprint earlier this year with the acquisition of Mississippi-based B&B Electrical & Utility Contractors. Founded in 1982, B&B offers a full array of electrical and utility services.

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