NOVATO -- W. Bradley Electric has diversified into much more than an electrical contractor, and now the company is becoming more than a North Bay or even national company, as opportunities grow for security-control jobs and, soon, telecommunications-related work outside the U.S.
[caption id="attachment_70581" align="alignleft" width="385"] A partnership with a company based in London and Singapore allows WBE Security Control Systems to undertake jobs like this one for Mozilla in Paris. (image credit: A. Milewski)[/caption]
A WBE Security Control Systems (wbeinc.com) team recently has been in the cultural and tech heart of Paris working on a 50- to-70-workstation office for Mountain View-based Mozilla. It's a highly anticipated expansion there for the maker of the Internet browser software Firefox, a move the organization wants to complete this spring. The client is the largest outside the U.S. for the WBE division.
"Security Controls is taking us internationally," said Leslie Murphy, chief executive officer. Division revenues are $7 million to $9 million a year. The company had $63 million in revenue in 2012, up from $55 million in 2011. With more than 200 employees, it was the largest North Bay-based electrical contractor on the Feb. 11 Business Journal list.
[caption id="attachment_70583" align="alignright" width="180"] Leslie Murphy[/caption]
With six working from the Novato headquarters and 50 in the field, WBE Security Control Systems has been at project sites in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany and Asia. Started a dozen years ago, the division has been working on jobs around the U.S. for upwards of 10 years, but large clients with operations outside the country have wanted seamless help securing access to those locations, according to Michael Nann, vice president and division manager.
[caption id="attachment_70582" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nann[/caption]