EH Electric Bets on the Power of Relationships to Expand HV Market Growth


A newly published Forbes article, Energizing the Workforce: Electricians and EV Industry, examines the critical role electricians are playing in the build-out and reliability of the nation’s electric vehicle network and its supporting infrastructure, which are critical to maintaining momentum in consumer adoption of EV.


Prominently featured in the piece is EH Electric & HVAC LLC, a family-owned and operated shop (and Local 103 member!) based in Waltham that has served the Boston area since 2005. Edson Hilaire, owner of EH Electric, talked about his early embrace of the technology and why it was important to understand what the advent of EV would mean to the future of his business. Those early moves proved wise.


“I started planting the seeds about EVs with customers as far back as 2010,” said Hilaire. “Many have gotten back in touch to inquire about EV charger installations.” Hilaire read the writing on the wall and prepared himself for future demand, pursuing certification through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP). To date, the program has trained thousands of electricians throughout the US and Canada.


“Perhaps most impactful to his future in the EV charging industry,” according to Forbes, “is Hilaire’s involvement in the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts. In addition to the professional network he has developed and the knowledge he has gained through BECMA, EH Electric & HVAC received a small grant to help the company purchase needed tools and equipment. Considering the lack of access to capital for many small businesses, especially minority-owned businesses, every bit helps.”


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J&M Brown Company Completes Core & Shell Electrical Construction of 15 Necco


J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), headquartered in Dedham, recently announced the completion of the comprehensive core and shell electrical construction of 15 Necco Street in Boston’s Fort Point Channel district. National Development, in partnership with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, is the developer on the 12-story (plus two mechanical floors), 345,000 square foot life science building.


JMB delivered on an elaborate electrical scope that included the installation of primary power, emergency power, electrical distribution, lighting and lighting control system, and fire alarm system, as well as a uniquely designed facade and roof-mounted 300kW PV system. Spectrum Integrated Technologies, the low-voltage division of J&M Brown, provided the tele/data installations.


JMB’s electrical crew, comprised of 25 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction, worked on a project team headed by Project Manager Matt Noon and General Foreman Chris Salvi. Project construction commenced in November 2021, and JMB reached substantial completion in November 2023, as scheduled.


Winchester-based firm John Moriarty & Associates is the general contractor on the project. BR+A of Boston serves as the project’s electrical engineering firm.


Designed by Elkus-Manfredi Architects, 15 Necco is targeted to meet LEED Gold, Fitwell Life Science Platinum, and Well Building certifications.


Eli Lilly, one of the world’s leading life science and pharmaceutical companies, is scheduled to occupy 15 Necco’s laboratory/office space in 2024. Under a separate contract, J&M Brown is providing electrical fit-out of the new Lilly research and development office facility, working on a project team also led by John Moriarty & Associates.