The Origin of Conductor Power
Being brought into the high voltage construction industry by his father, Marvin Zahn, he quickly grew into the fold of the power industry by working ahead of his lineman father in the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota. Albeit setting transmission poles to stringing power lines, his tenacity quickly turned into ambition. After working on his first substation, the young but motivated Mr. Zahn, learned of the high demand for rare and skilled aluminum pipe welders on these high voltage projects. He took the next step to educate himself on the techniques of aluminum TIG welding and all that it entails. The training prompted Mr. Zahn to purchase his first aluminum TIG welding machine, supplies, and equipment to work as a welder for hire on these substations on a project-by-project basis. In 1977, his hard-work, honest conduct of business, and integrity prompted him to take the next logical step: create a company.
Hence, National Conductor, Inc. was created out of a small, pale brown, steel pole barn shop. He not only performed the welding on substation projects, but supplied the argon gas, raw material, and other various welding equipment to try to maintain profitability at all costs. Mr. Zahn, along with his wife Beth and his brother Mark, began to travel from project to project welding aluminum bus for some of the largest electrical contractors around. With his foot in door, Mr. Zahn worked his way into the other aspects of substation construction. He first started this endeavor by having his small crews be hired to set the steel structures and high voltage equipment, with eventually working his way into handling all the electrical work from running conduit and cable tray to pulling all the high voltage cables and completing all of the terminations.
Left: First Location of Business Middle: Mr. Zahn Pulling Welders Right: Equipment Being Loaded
With the demand of National Conductor Constructor’s crews growing rapidly, the core of his business grew to nearly 80 employees. Being an IBEW union company at its core, NCC expanded to perform various high voltage electrical work in all 48 continental states with safe, on-time, and on-budget completions. NCC was the first in the industry to be an installation contractor of turbine isolated-phase bus, outside of manufactures and plant employees, and doing so he took the power plant industry by storm. Mr. Zahn and the well-seasoned and very experienced team at NCC worked their way from the manufactures to the power plants themselves, promoting their available services and were welcomed with open arms, even going so far as replacing the isolated-phase bus on the Hoover Dam.
In 2015, with the competitive landscape taking shape as his business grew and now having raised a family with , Mr. Zahn realized the true potential of capturing even more of the very industry he had spent 40 years of his life’s work in. The concept to create a non-union, open shop company amid the vast arena of competition was the next logical step to continued success. Through the creation a holding company, Energy Investments, Inc., Conductor Power, LLC was formed.
Today, Conductor Power reflects back on our storied past and view the successes of Mr. Zahn as the embodiment of the true American Dream. We carry on the traditions of safety, hard-work, and honest conduct of our business as we dawn on the next chapter of the Energy Industry in the United States.