Is The Ground Wire The White One Or The Black One?

Jeff & Steve
Contractors Electric - Jeff Brown (L) & Steve Leuck

As you can tell by the title of this article I am not an electrician. I know how dangerous electric wiring can be in the hands of someone like me so I always find a professional licensed electrician to do the work so I don’t electrocute myself or start a fire. Contractors Electric, LLC in Eugene is prepared to do the kind of work I might need around the house all the way to Commercial and Industrial jobs.

Jeff & Steve
Contractors Electric – Jeff Brown (L) And Steven Leuck (R)

It all started in May of 2010 when Steven Leuck and Jeff Brown, who had been working together for six years at a different company, decided that they could better serve their clients with lower cost, better efficiency, and customer satisfaction. So they put their combined 62 years of electrical construction experience to work for their own company. As stated on their website “Contractors Electric, LLC is a full service electrical construction company specializing in economical solutions for your complete electrical construction and repair needs.” They have about 10 employees working for and with them.

Steven Leuck was raised in Santa Barbara, California, though he was born in the Northwest, and spent two years doing missionary work in northwest Argentina back in the 1970s. He is still fluent in the Argentine brand of Spanish called Castellano. Steven next moved to New York City working there for ten years then returned to the Eugene area in 1989 so he could be closer to his family. While in New York he worked on dozens of skyscrapers, Wall Street projects, and the Statue of Liberty renovation project among many others.

Back in Eugene Leuck worked as the Chief Estimator, project manager and design/built team member for Phillips Electric for 16 years. The company was bought out by Christenson Electric. For six years he worked for Builders Electric helping them modernize their design and estimating programs,designed many of their larger commercial projects, project managed and estimated.

It’s always good to take a look at the background of someone you are trusting to provide quality electrical construction for you or your business. Here are some of the projects and positions Steven held over his 38 years in the electrical trades. Early on he worked for his father, who was a foreman electrician, as a parts and tool runner; He was involved in designing, bidding, and managing small to very large commercial, residential, and industrial electrical projects; Field experience as an apprentice electrician and later as an estimator/manager in New York City; Nearly 500-million dollars in electrical construction for which he was the designer, the estimator, or the project manager; Bid and managed single electrical projects for as large as 25-million dollars; Extensive experience in project cost containment, management, scheduling, and projections; Well versed and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office products including custom Excel spreadsheets for projections and management purposes; 28-years experience with the electrical industry leading job costing and management software for the electrical industry.

Statue Of Liberty
Statue Of Liberty Renovation 1984 | Photo

Here’s a look at some of the projects Steve worked on from his stint in New York City through his work in the Eugene-Springfield area up until he formed Contractors Electric. Steven has bid, designed, or managed a multitude of projects including the following starting with New York City: The Statue of Liberty renovation in 1984,Trump Plaza, Goldman Sachs Trading Floor, Bear Stearns Computer Networks, City Spire (73 stories) mixed use skyscraper, Museum of Modern Art Residential Tower, 100 UN Plaza.

Here are some local projects Steven bid, designed, or managed. The list may be long, but it’s very interesting to see the vast scope and diversity of his projects including: Monaco Coach Company, Marathon Coach, King Estate Winery, Western Beverage Distribution Center, TJ Max, Williams Bakery (US/Franz Bakeries), Lillis School of Business at the University of Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul Apartments at The “Royal,” The Lamb,” and The “Aster” locations, Oregon Medical Group Clinics at Westmoreland, Crescent, Gateway, and Barger locations, Sacred Heart Hospital fire alarm system replacement, Eugene Spine and Brain ASC and Clinic, the Ten Coburg Road, ASC and Clinic, Williamette Valley Cancer Linear Accelerator, Williamette Valley Cancer Riverbend Clinic, Hawes Financial Services Office Building, Kendall Toyota, Shorewood Packaging, Lumber Products, Inc, Pacific Clear Vision Clinic and ASC, and Cascade Manor Retirement Center.

With his expertise is Spanish Steven posted the following on the company’s website: Se Habla Español” Si Habla Español solamente, por favor de pedir hablar con Steven.

Steven has been married to his wife Pam for over 16 years. They have four children and 6 grandchildren.

His business partner Jeff Brown has been married to Ricia Brown for 17 years and they have two children, a son and a daughter. In his early years Jeff was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He remains active in scouting with his son. Having been in Oregon for over 34 years and attended Churchill High School and Lane Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in applied science. Jeff has studied electrical installations and National Electrical code extensively and has even taught for the Mid Oregon Independent Contractors Association’s apprenticeship program for two years. He developed and managed electrical training classes for local home improvement stores in order to increase the knowledge base of their electrical sales personnel. Over the past six years he has been working as a project manager, managed direct sales to clients, and supervised the workloads of electrical crews on multiple projects at the same time. He’s been a foreman on many large projects and is an experienced cost control manager with computer experience with emphasis on Microsoft Office and Accubid electrical estimating products.

US Bank Building Downtown Eugene | Photo by US Bank
US Bank Building Downtown Eugene | Photo by US Bank

Here is a sample of the many projects Jeff has played a major role in over the just the last few years. Datalogic’s manufacturing facility, US Bank’s 8-story downtown Eugene office building, Jerry’s Home Improvement Centers in Eugene and Springfield, Grain Miller’s industrial plant, Western Beverage Distribution Center, Abby’s Pizza, Symantec Software’s downtown Eugene facility, Spectrum Software, Willamette Graystone, and several medical buildings for PeaceHealth and the Oregon Medical Group.

Contractors Electric has four main service areas including Design/Build, Commercial/Industrial, Homeowners, and Contractors. In brief: Design/Build – They have the tools, skills, and software to completely design the electrical work for your projects; Commercial/Industrial – Today’s businesses are heavily dependent on computers, printers, servers and other sensitive electronic equipment, so having a good electrical system in place is key. Contractors Electric’s professional electricians work diligently and quietly so you won’t even they are there; Homeowners – Their electricians are highly skilled and trained for all residential wiring, electrical repair, and troubleshooting; Then Contractors – When choosing an electrical sub-contractor, Eugene’s premier general contractors depend on Contractors Electric to complete their projects right and on time. For more detailed information see the Services of their website.

Bags Of Love
Bags Of Love Eugene | Photo by

Now that you have see the kinds of projects Steve and Jeff have completed it’s time to hear from their recent customers for their take on the service Contractors Electric provided for them. Let’s start with Rindy Hoag, Operations Director, Bags of Love, Inc.– “Contractors Electric did an excellent job installing cable and jacks, thereby connecting all Bags of Love computers to the 21st century! Your prompt service and generous gift of time and materials is very much appreciated by Bags of Love and the children in crisis whom we serve.”

A recent client “Heidi” had these words: ” Very great service. Nathan (one of the company’s electricians) is courteous and works diligently and does a great job. Highly recommend this company.” Another client “Jenevie W.” said “Thank you so much for the prompt response in coming out to my home for the great service!” I’ll give you just one more. “Alexandra” said ” Highly professional and prompt arrival with excellent service. Jeff did a great job explaining the electrical problem to me in simple language that I could understand. Job was done at at a reasonable price and in an efficient manner. I would definitely use you again.”

The details in this article came from an interview with Steven Leuck and from the Contractors Electric website.

If you would like a free estimate on an electrical job just go to their contact page, fill out the form and hit enter. To sum it all up, if you have an electrical problem or need, Contractors Electric should be your number one choice.

Speaking of choice. Contractors Electric is a finalist for the best electrical contractor in the Register-Guard’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Steve and Jeff and the whole staff would appreciate your vote and, of course, your business.

You can comment below or email me at: [email protected]


Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for television weathercasting from both organizations.

Previous Story

Patricia McCaig Bills Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Campaign for January Work

Next Story

Oregon Looks to Close Regular Season on a High Note

Latest from Community