Tony Skettle, the founder of Skettle Electric, Inc., began his electrical career with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. He worked for CEI from 1974 to 1985 in overhead and transmission lines. During this time, to supplement his income, Tony did electrical work for his family and friends. He eventually realized that he enjoyed being an electrical contractor and in control of his own business more than his work at the Illuminating Company. In January of 1985, Tony left his job with the Illuminating Company and officially started Skettle Electric, Inc.
As the business grew, Tony brought his wife, Kathy Skettle on board. Her experience in business operations and accounting made her the perfect partner. Eventually Tony & Kathy hired employees and also trained their four children to help run the business. Karl Skettle, their eldest son, is vice-president of the company. He earned his own state license, worked for McCabe Engineering for awhile, and then returned to Skettle Electric, Inc. The remaining three children have other careers, but still participate in the running of company.
After trying almost every conceivable type of electrical contracting, from installing a motor controlled assembly line for a powder coating company to running over 120,000 feet of computer and communication lines for a large corporation, Tony & Kathy decided to focus their business on local work. They enjoyed knowing their customers, developing relationships with their customers, and becoming a reputable name in their customers’ communities.
Today, the Skettle Family prides itself in being a community-oriented electrical contracting business. They are known among residents, business owners and building department personnel as the company to go to for reliable electrical services. They employ on an average of 6 to 10 electricians and office personnel.