Insights from NECA Boston Contractor on the Job at Massive Gillette Stadium Expansion


Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, is amid a massive upgrade that will have fans in Foxboro, MA experiencing games like never before. Murphy Electric & Industrial Control (MEIC), a NECA Boston Contractor, is leading the charge on a record-breaking project.


Breaking Records at Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots announced last year that Gillette would receive $225 million in renovations and upgrades, beginning with the north end of the stadium. For over a decade, MEIC has been integral to powering Gillette Stadium and is seen as the preeminent contractor for the Kraft Group owners because of their consistent professional integrity; it comes as no surprise that the installation of the largest outdoor stadium video board in the country was trusted to MEIC.


While construction on the 22,200-SF high-definition video board is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2023 NFL season, MEIC continues to be involved in routine updates and renovations year-round, as well as ensuring game day operations run smoothly.


The complexity of this project was not just limited to the obvious installation challenges for MEIC’s skilled 30 – 40-person team, but the massive venue regularly hosts games and events that require flexibility to get the job done. Despite all obstacles, it is incredibly rewarding for everyone involved at MEIC to “work on a very high-profile project with such a huge footprint in New England and in Massachusetts.”


From a One-Person Shop to Go-to Contractor for the Kraft Group


Founded in 1997 by President & CEO Daniel Murphy, Murphy Electrical and Industrial Control quickly established itself as a leading New England area contractor specializing in commercial electrical construction, natural gas facility construction, and temperature controls. NECA Boston has been a “tremendous asset in opening doors for success and their officers are always available and supportive,” Murphy said, citing how NECA Boston helped MEIC expand to Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey by navigating hiring with other union halls.


Now celebrating MEIC’s 25th year, this family-owned business is preparing to thrive for generations to come. Armed with a core group of talent, some of whom have been with MEIC for 15+ years, and dedication to hiring and training new business professionals and tradespeople through resources like an in-house prefab shop and corporate development program. MEIC takes pride in everyone that contributes toward its future success.


Giving Back to the Community and Empowering Workers


As the holiday season fast approaches, Murphy proudly mentioned that MEIC keeps that giving spirit alive in year-round philanthropic efforts, including: the Ellie Fund, Pembroke Food Pantry, South Shore YMCA, Toys for Tots, Champions for Children’s, the Combat Veterans on Motorcycles Association, to name just a few.


Murphy attributes his firm’s continued successes to “valuing our relationships, working hard to keep them, and striving to make a positive impact while forming new connections. The world is changing, and I know we [MEIC] are prepared to navigate the challenges ahead as a company and as a community, together.”