Who We Are

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. began as a merit shop electrical contractor in 1983, but since its inception has broadened its capabilities due to the market of demands. Those demands have brought about a family of companies either expanded upon into Divisions of Area or companies purchased by Area. The purchased companies continue to operate under their original name and superb reputation. They are Regal Plumbing & Heating, Co. and Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc.

Principles of Our Work

Performance Oriented: 

Our employees make us who we are. To ensure our team continues to meet or exceed customer expectations, we provide the following tools to our valued employees:

  • Comprehensive Safety Program
  • Continued Improvement Incentives
  • Training and Development Opportunities
  • Health & Wellness Programs
  • Drug Testing
  • Employee Empowerment
  • Social Events
  • Positive Work Environment

These tools are in place to improve and motivate employee performance. The success of our skilled employees differentiates us from our competitors while exceeding the expectations of our customers. Our merit shop philosophy allows our employees to be rewarded for their hard work.

  • Customer Driven:

While there are similarities among electrical contractors, we have our own specific responsibility to our customers, based on each individual project. We’ve listened to our customers and have developed customized services to meet their varied, individual needs.

  • Safety Culture: 

As one of the most dangerous industries to work in, it is vital that safety is a priority. We are committed to unwaveringly upholding the highest safety standards to ensure that every one of our employees returns home to their families every night without any injuries.


  • Warehouse:

Our 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Sidney 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Columbus and 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Marysville enables us to provide on-time delivery of material to meet our ever-changing market demands.

  • Planning:

Our capabilities don’t just include installation. Our comprehensive design team can configure a customized plan to fit your individual needs. Our computer CAD system and computerized estimating allow us to quickly respond to both budget and hard dollar estimates in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Capabilities:

Some of Area’s capabilities include: Industrial wiring, high-voltage installation, electrical site construction, electrical power distribution, traffic control, fiber optic installation, industrial controls, fire alarm and communication systems, computer network wiring, and design/build services. These services are available for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Residential, and beyond. Our capabilities are designed to meet tomorrow’s needs…today! Our “whatever it takes” philosophy to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations is what separates us from the rest.

Our Management Team


Area Energy & Electric, Inc. began as an electrical contractor in 1983. Meet the eleven original employees of Area Energy & Electric, Inc. below. Photo taken October 10, 1983 when the business started.


Area Energy & Electric, Inc. highly values its employees, recognizing them as the heart of the business. The loyalty and dedication of the employees have played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s success. Many employees have been part of the Area Energy & Electric, Inc. team for years and are planning to retire from the company or have already done so. Out of the original eleven employees, only one person moved on.

Left to Right:
Front Row: Phil Grillot (Deceased), Elmer Schlater (Founder, Vice President, Retired), Roger Mack (Retired), Dean Steinke (Retired), Ron Starrett (Retired).
Back Row: John Marx (Deceased), Earl Berning (Retired), Tim Dietz (Moved on), Mark Copeland (Current Employee), Bob Schmidt (Current Employee), Ken Schlater (Founder, President, Current Employee).


1983 | Area Energy & Electric, Inc.

Electrical Contractor Specialists

An independent electrical contractor with the corporate office in Sidney, Ohio. Servicing residential, commercial, industrial and institutional electrical needs. With branch offices in Marysville, Columbus, Marion, Ohio and Greensburg, Indiana.

1986 | Area Energy & Electric, Inc.

Lighting Retrofit Specialists

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. added lighting retrofit capabilities to it’s expanding services. Specializing in high performance lighting to optimize energy efficiency and maximize lighting output. Servicing commercial and industrial facilities with significant lighting benefits.

1995 | Area Wireless Superstore

Digital Communications Specialists

A division of Area Energy & Electric, Inc. A leading telecommunications partner with Verizon Wireless, Dish Network, and Time Warner Cable. Providing top choices in wireless services for personal and business needs. Two storefronts located in Sidney, Ohio.

1998 | Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc. - OVIS

Systems Integration Specialists

A low voltage, systems integration contracting firm specializing in the design, installation and service within the electronics field.

2008 | Regal Plumbing & Heating Company

Mechanical Contracting Specialists

Area Energy & Electric, Inc. acquired Regal Plumbing & Heating Company. Keeping the same unique services that was already established, and adding new services to be able to better equip the growing plumbing and HVAC needs of the community.



2018 OVABC Legacy Award Recipient: Ken Schlater