web analytics
Home | AUSTIN | Industry News | Partners and friends

Partners and friends

image L-R: Blane Zeiler and Bob Bowne standing by the cook-off trophies

AUSTIN - Partnerships come from relationships, even friendships. Bob Bowne, president of Bowne Electric Inc. and his business partner Blane Zeiler, vice president, started their partnership in 1991.






    Their friendship started at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. “We were both philosophy majors,” said Zeiler. However, it was Bowne who first got involved in electrical work because he had lived next door to an electrical contractor.
    After college Zeiler found himself in the welding and fitting field. Then came high-rise construction, which got him involved in project management.
    The two gents stayed in touch over the years and with Zeiler’s background Bowne asked him if he wanted to learn the electrical business. “Bob brought me in to help grow the business, which we did over the years,” Zeiler added.
    The company has now grown to 60 employees, which has them up from the 40 of last year. “That’s a big jump,” said Bowne. Eight of them are master electricians.
    Bowne mentions with the growth in employees they will be expanding from their current location to space next door. “Probably in June,” he said.
    Bowne Electric has often hired employees “who may not have electrical skills, but good background construction skills.” The company also puts their guys through the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) program. Right now they have 14 enrolled.
    Another asset to the Bowne team is their office manager Jennifer Bardsley (Bowne’s daughter). “She’s not only family, she’s exceptional at what she does,” Zeiler said. Bardsley instills the company with order, firmness, confidence and fairness.
    Outside of the workplace the company is involved in the annual barbecue cook-off with Centex IEC. The one who fires up the grill is Jimmy Olfers, project manager/estimator. “We actually won first place one year,” said Bowne.
    Bowne Electric Inc. is an electrical contractor in Austin. –lv

Need a Reprint?

Author Info
Lexie Velasquez lexie@constructionnews.net