History

A history of innovation.

  • 1954

    Eugene Ravizza purchased Kucher Electric and renamed it Cupertino Electric, Inc.

  • 1960

    CEI completes electrical at Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley's first semiconductor fabrication facilities.

  • 1970

    CEI builds Intel’s first chip fabrication plant

  • mid-80s

    CEI designs/build Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 1 million gallon aquarium.

  • 1999

    CEI receives ISO 9001 Certification.

  • 2001

    CEI constructs NAP of the Americas in Miami for Terremark, the untouched gateway to South America.

  • 2003

    CEI designs/builds a 2,000 slot machine casino in California in a record four months.

  • 2004

    CEI marks its 50th anniversary.

  • 2007

    CEI joins the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC).

  • 2009

    CEI begins work on 400 MW, 200 kV TransBay Cable project utilizing new efficient Siemens technology.

  • 2009

    CEI is voted one of the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

  • 2010

    Jim Ryley retires and John Boncher becomes President and CEO.

  • 2010

    CEI builds the largest solar farm in Central California for Southern California Edison.

  • 2010

    CEI begins electrical work at the Lodi Energy Center.

  • 2011

    CEI begins construction on two utility-scale solar projects for PG&E.

Founded in 1954

For nearly 60 years, private corporations, municipalities and FORTUNE 500 customers have relied upon Cupertino Electric (CEI) to design and execute first-of-their-kind electrical systems.  The company is known for delivering technically-complex projects fast, without compromising quality or safety.

Founded in 1954 by Gene Ravizza and Pete Kraljev, Cupertino Electric has literally powered the innovative culture of Silicon Valley. We have been involved in nearly every launch of the high-tech leaders of this important region, helping both our customers and our industry innovate along the way. Since then, we have evolved into a nimble organization with nationwide reach.  In spite of our impressive growth, we never lost the zeal of our founders and their dedication to quality relationships.

Significant Cupertino Electric Milestones:

1954 – Eugene Ravizza purchased Kucher Electric and renamed it Cupertino Electric, Inc.

1960 – CEI completes electrical at Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley’s first semiconductor fabrication facilities.

1970 – CEI builds Intel’s first chip fabrication plant

1978 – CEI leverages chip manufacturing expertise in the biotechnology industry.

mid-80s – CEI designs/build Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 1 million gallon aquarium

1989 – CEI acquires Collins Electric of San Francisco.

1998 – CEI acquires Frank Electric, a San Jose-based competitor.

1999 – CEI receives ISO 9001 Certification.

2001 – CEI constructs NAP of the Americas in Miami for Terremark, the untouched gateway to South America.

2002 – CEI constructs a Peaker Plant in El Cajon, Calif. in an unprecedented 12 weeks

2003 – CEI designs/builds a 2,000 slot machine casino in California in a record four months

2004 – CEI marks its 50th anniversary

2005 – CEI Vice President receives one of the earliest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certifications.

2005 – James S. Ryley is promoted to Chairman of the Board of Directors; John Boncher is promoted to President & COO.

2006 – CEI receives ISO 14001 Certification.

2007 – CEI joins the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC).

2007 – CEI establishes the Energy Alternatives Division, which installs the largest corporate solar photovoltaic system in the U.S.

2007 – CEI opens an office in Santa Fe Springs, California.

2007 – CEI receives Turner Construction’s Henry Subcontractor of the Year Award for Safety.

2008 – CEI is named Subcontractor of the Year at the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal‘s Structure Awards.

2009 – CEI begins work on 400 MW, 200 kV TransBay Cable project utilizing new efficient Siemens technology

2009 – CEI is voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.”

2010 – Jim Ryley retires and John Boncher becomes President and CEO.

2010 – CEI builds the largest solar farm in the U.S. for Southern California Edison.

2010 – CEI begins work on the Lodi Energy Center.

2011 – CEI wins PG&E’s “Generation Supplier of the Year Award” after successfully completing two utility-scale solar projects totaling 35 MW for PG&E.

2011 – CEI is recognized as a “Top Corporate Philanthropist” by the San Francisco Business Times.

2012 – CEI begins work on the Copper Mountain Solar 2 plant for Sempra Energy in Nevada.

2012 – CEI is named “Specialty Contractor of the Year” by ENR California.

2012 – CEI is awarded, and begins construction on, the Levi’s (San Francisco 49ers) Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

2012 – CEI opens a Solar Technology Evaluation Laboratory at its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

2012 – CEI is awarded the AGC of California “Safety Award of Excellence” for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours.

2013 - CEI completes fifth utility-scale solar PV project for PG&E in Central California under a 250 MW initiative.

2013 – CEI is awarded the AGC of California “Safety Award of Excellence” for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours. That same year, the company is recognized as a national “Safety Award of Excellence” winner by AGC of America.

2013 – CEI acquires data center engineering and commissioning firm California Data Center Design Group.

2013 – CEI begins work on largest utility-scale solar project under construction in the United States, Solar Star 2.  

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