The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company was established in 1924 and has been involved in the construction of utility facilities ever since. At present, our workforce stands at 387 skilled employees. Our company markets in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. However, we have done work all along the East Coast down to Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas. Our capabilities include all electrical plant, from the point of generation to the point of consumption, fiber optic, broadband, PCS, cellular, and telecommunication networks, and industrial turnkey energy projects. We have strategic alliances, partnerships, T&M, unit price and lump sum contracts. We are firm advocates of the highest quality for the lowest installed cost. Along with our distribution division, we have the capabilities to provide materials, warehousing, material recapture, and point of production deliveries.
The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company is a dynamic, flexible company able to mobilize and execute work in a wide variety of environments and locations in minimal time. To help minimize time we maintain a footprint of presence throughout the Midwest utilizing no less than 15-20 “show-up” yards with our main office being based in Reed City, MI.
The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company utilizes the I.B.E.W. union to provide competent, skilled labor. With the union behind us, we have always been able to provide enough workers to complete whatever work is placed in front of us. Additionally, the union provides valuable training to our employees, including technical, safety, and construction techniques.
Our work crews are productive and work with minimal supervision. With General Foremen in the field, the work crews receive all the support, direction, and supervision that they need. In addition, the General Foremen and crew foremen are in constant contact with our engineers, who work primarily out of the home office in Reed City. All crews working on any of our projects will be fully briefed as to what tasks are expected of them and what information needs to be obtained for reporting purposes. Upon completing tasks, the crew will forward all pertinent information to the main office.
Our fleet of 652 vehicles includes 87 aerial devices that are capable of reaching up to 162’, 84 derricks with drilling capacity of up to 48” diameter, a pressure digger that has the capacity of up to 60” diameter hole 28’ deep, directional boring equipment, Flex-Track buckets, diggers and dumps, 14 cranes ranging up to 38 tons, and various other pieces of equipment including backhoes, trenchers, welders, and bulldozers. We have the capability to maintain our extensive fleet of vehicles utilizing our sister company, Reed City GMC.
With our electric utility background we are qualified contractors for Consumer’s Energy, Detroit Edison, International Transmission Company (ITC), Duke Energy (formerly Cinergy) , Electric Cooperatives and other municipals throughout the state of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky building substations, transmission lines, overhead and underground distribution systems. We have also been doing gas installation and maintenance for Trans Canada (formerly ANR Pipeline) as well as CMS Energy.
The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company prides itself in its turnkey construction abilities. We have the capability to design, procure the necessary material and build the system that our customer requires. On a typical site, our own forces will complete >95% of the work, eliminating the hassles, delays, and liabilities involved trying to schedule multiple subcontractors in the construction of a site.