The Electrification of America:
THE FIRST 100 YEARS

One of the most significant phases of the late 19th Century was in the field of commercial electrification. In 1882, Thomas Edison opened the first publicly owned and operated electric generating station (the Electrical Illuminating Company) where John D. Hatzel and Joseph Buehler were employed as master electricians. Soon after the completion of this first commercial electrical generating plant, Mr. Hatzel and Mr. Buehler left to start the partnership of Hatzel & Buehler.

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1882

Thomas Edison opened the first publicly owned and operated electric generating station on Pearl Street in New York City.

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1884

John D. Hatzel and Joseph Buehler start the partnership of Hatzel & Buehler, and open the Company’s first office in New York City.

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1895

The Company wires several landmark estates for electricity, including The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina and The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island.

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1901

The Company joins the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Hatzel & Buehler continues to be the longest continuous member of NECA.

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1903

Mr. Hatzel & Mr. Buehler attended a New York Electrical Contractors Association Meeting, where Mr. Hatzel served multiple terms as President of the Association.

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1906

Hatzel & Buehler provided electrical installation services inside of A.I. duPont’s newly constructed Bell Tower.

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1917

Hatzel & Buehler incorporates in New York City and opens an office in Wilmington, Delaware.

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1924

Completes electrical work at the newly constructed New York Telephone Company.

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1929

Builds the electrical substations for the Lackawanna Train Line which transported people into New York City from the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

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1931

Completes electrical work at the Chrysler Building in New York City.

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1936

Completes electrical work at the General Electric Building in New York City.

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1938

The president of Hatzel & Buehler signs the First Pension Agreement between Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the New York Electrical Contractors Association.

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1939

The New York World’s Fair opens. Hatzel & Buehler completes electrical installations at multiple exhibits within the World’s Fair.

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1939-1945

Throughout World War II, Hatzel & Buehler works directly for the US War Department and the US Naval Department, supporting their various electrical needs.

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1948

The Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii is completed. Hatzel & Buehler performs electrical installations in the hospital buildings. The hospital remains the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region.

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1951

Hatzel & Buehler completes electrical installations at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.

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1957

The first US Nuclear Power Plant (Shippingport Atomic Power Station) is constructed. Hatzel & Buehler wires the power station.

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1967

Hatzel & Buehler completes electrical work at the newly constructed Ford Motor’s Corporate Headquarters Building in Dearborn, Michigan.

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1968

Completes the second phase of electrical work on the Delaware Memorial Bridge (the first phase was completed in 1951).

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1971-1972

Provides electrical construction within various terminals at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

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1973

Finishes the 30 story, 810,000 square foot Communications Equipment Building for the New York Telephone Company.

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1977

Completes electrical installation at the 70 story, 5,000,000 square foot, newly constructed Ford Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan.

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1979

Performs electrical installation at Johnson & Johnson’s World Corporate Headquarters in New Jersey and continues to perform on-site work for Johnson & Johnson to the present.

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1982

Completes electrical installation at Epcot Center at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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