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Our History

Mills Electric Co. has been an established electrical contractor in the Northwest since 1911.  It was originally founded by Howard E. Mills. In the beginning Mills Electric Co. specialized in commercial service work and appliance/lamp repair.

Howard E. Mills’ son, Howard O. Mills Sr., later took over management of the company. Under his control, Mills Electric expanded its operations into the industrial and marine sectors. Its Marine Division serviced commercial and naval vessels at the Bellingham Shipyards in the 1940’s. Mills Electric later helped to build both pleasure and naval vessels for Uniflite Boat Builders located in Bellingham’s South Side.

Mills Electric Company
Mills Electric Company

Howard O. Mills, Sr. passed control of the company over to his son Howard O. Mills, Jr., who expanded Mills Electric’s operations throughout the Northwest region. During his tenure, the company performed work in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, California and Russia.

In 2007, John Huntley purchased Mills Electric. John is the first person outside the Mills family to operate the company since its inception in 1911. Mills provides complete electrical solutions to our clients. Some of those services include, planning and preconstruction, virtual design, prefabrication, 24hr maintenance/service, turnaround, new construction, instrumentation and technologies.  Mills serves a diverse group of industries including refinery, manufacturing, water, pipeline, education, healthcare/bio facilities, government and mixed use/specialty.

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