Beginnings With a Heritage
Davis Hydaker was established by Charles Davis and George M. Hydaker to help bring electricity to rural America.
Franklin B. Wheatlake was hired by the Davis-Hydaker Company.
F. B. Wheatlake became a partner with George Hydaker of Davis-Hydaker Company.
Davis Hydaker was renamed The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company and moved the growing business to West Michigan.
Hydrolake Leasing & Service Company was established to perform right-of-way clearing.
Reed City Power Line Incorporated was formed. Reed City Power Line was created out of the need for a distributor to provide materials to Public Power, Investor Owned Utilities, and The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company.
Reed City Power Line opens their longstanding office in Lima, Ohio.
Reed City (GMC Truck) Sales & Service is established.
Franklin C. Wheatlake begins employment at The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company.
Hydrolake Incorporated builds a pole production facility to harvest Red Pine poles for the utility industry.
Reed City Power Line purchases E&C Supply IN (USC's only inorganic growth).
Reed City Power Line Supply consolidates business and changes name to just Power Line Supply.
Franklin C. Wheatlake becomes the second generation to grow the business after FBW's passing.
Corporate Holding Company, Utility Supply & Construction Company, is formed.
Crossroads Mobile Maintenance is established to better service heavy-duty equipment for customers in the utility and construction industries