Lake of the Woods Electric was established in October, 1973 as a non-union shop with two employees and a half-ton truck. The company founder, Don McDougald, was a visionary who saw a definite market for his business, and as the electrical industry expanded, Lake of the Woods Electric did as well. In 1974, a Cessna 180 aircraft was purchased and northern service was expanded. Also in 1974, a 2400 square foot facility was erected on the Airport Road in Jaffray Melick. This was expanded to 5600 sq ft. in 1979 to facilitate the 20 plus employees. Services at the time included electricians for service calls, industrial, commercial and residential contracts, mechanics and service technicians for generator repairs and service work as well as qualified parts personnel.
By 1986 Lake of the Woods Electric had become a second generation company with the inclusion of the McDougald children – Murray, Dawn and Glen – in the family business. All are still involved in the business, with Glen taking over operations from his father in 2000.
Also in 1986, property on Highway 17 East was purchased and the process of renovating began. By the summer of 1987, renovations were complete and the move was made from the Airport Road to the new location that is occupied today with over 14 000 sq ft. of space, including office, show room, parts storage and service areas. In 1987, the powerline construction industry was growing, and a decision was made to expand again. Equipment was purchased, and personnel was hired and trained to handle this new venture.
In 1995, the generator distributorship was taken over by Cummins Mid Canada due to a purchase of the Onan Corporation by the Cummins Engine Company. Today, this enterprise occupies rented space at the Highway 17 East location of Lake of the Woods Electric.
Today our operations include all aspects of electrical installations, power line work and sales of electrical, solar and plumbing supplies. We average a staff of approximately 15 individuals, most of whom have been with the company for many years.
The management and staff of Lake of the Woods Electric are proud to be a part of our community and the many projects we have been involved with here in the Kenora area.