Member Spotlight: APG 

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Posted on March 4, 2021

APG Electric, Inc. has been doing business in the Tampa Bay area since 1984.  However, our roots go back over a century to The Doan Electric Company of Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1915 by A. P. Goulder, the APG of our name. Mr. Goulder began his business converting gas lighting to electric lighting and doing other small electrical repair work before growing the company into one of the largest and most respected electrical contracting companies in Northeast Ohio. APG is a full-service electrical and systems contractor, providing complete design, construction, and maintenance services. To do this, we have assembled a diverse team of professionals to handle every aspect of the project - engineers, designers, estimators, project managers, administrative personnel, superintendents, programmers, systems technicians, and skilled electricians, all specializing in their respective fields. In addition, we continually upgrade our team through apprenticeship training and regular continuing education courses and seminars. This team approach is a better planned, more efficiently designed, and much more cost-effective project. 

SBC interviewed Tim White, Vice President Service at APG and BJ Klingensmith, Life Safety Group Manager at APG.


Q: Based on this line from John Foley’s email: “Essentially, because APG had a strong pre-existing safety culture, they have not just survived, but are thriving in the current environment:”  Please describe APG's pre-existing safety culture. What made it stand out? How did it help APG in handling the effects of the pandemic? 
A: Safety has always been and continues to be our highest priority on every jobsite. In order to stop the spread, we have implemented an exposure prevention, preparedness, and response plan. At the beginning of each workday, the project superintendent or foreman must ask each employee a series of questions to determine if they have been exposed. If the employee answers no to all of the questions, they are cleared to work. If not, they are sent home and given specific instructions to follow. They will be asked to provide clearance from their doctor and/or a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to work. All employees must follow the CDC guidelines to prevent illness, such as maintaining social distancing and practicing good hygiene, and are being provided with personal protective equipment. Extra steps are being taken to regularly clean and disinfect all equipment, tools, and vehicles and to minimize the sharing of these items among employees.  

Q: What made you decide to focus on creating a strong safety culture? 
A:  APG is committed to following the latest guidance and using best practices to ensure that we can continue providing an essential service to our community while maintaining the health and safety of our employees. No matter what the future brings, our mission to make a positive difference in the lives and businesses of our customers, partners, employees, and community remains the same. We will always be a team who goes above and beyond in serving our customers and each other. 

Q: How has the pandemic impacted your daily and long-term business? 
A: As change after change came our way, we adopted a mission statement: “We will rigidly hold to our flexibility.” We adjusted company operations again and again in an ever-changing environment and continued to provide the quality service we’re known for with our signature can-do attitude. As we reflect on the past, which taught us unforgettable lessons about flexibility and teamwork, we are focus on what lies ahead in 2021, providing the very best service not only to our clients but also to each other. 

Q: How has the pandemic affected daily business and routines at APG? (Of interest: Managers & adaptations to work rules under the pandemic). 
A: APG is well placed to weather the storm. It’s just thrown a few more obstacles our way, we adhere to all the latest CDC recommendations. We will continue to care for our APG family, and to take whatever precautions are necessary so that everyone can keep working while maintaining the highest levels of health and safety. We have postponed company gatherings and events, incorporated zoom meetings for managers and staff. Extra hygiene stations around the jobsite and office have been implemented. 

Q: Describe your business focus and key areas of growth 
A: Our Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and businesses of our customers, partners, employees and community. We do this by building relationships based on quality, integrity, and trust. APG will provide a team environment that fosters a passion for excellence and the desire to go above and beyond in serving our customers and each other. We want to grow in Healthcare – Institutional – Commercial infrastructure.  

Q: Describe APG’s business leadership in the I-4 corridor 
A: We are the Premier Electrical Contractor in the I-4 Corridor. 

Q: What does 2021 look like? - Are you expecting a return to pre-COVID normality, in terms of business and daily routines? 
A: While no one can predict what the next several months will bring, we see the year of 2021 as another opportunity to grow and adapt to the new circumstances created by the pandemic. As mentioned before, we will rigidly hold to our flexibility. 

Q: Safer Buildings Coalition: Why did you decide to become a member? What are you doing to gain from your membership? 
A: APG is always adapting, changing and growing. Membership give us another vessel to remain on the cutting edge of new technologies, techniques, education, changing statues and compliance. 

APG LogoTo learn more about APG, visit them at the following: 



4825 140th Ave. N 
Clearwater, Florida 33762 
Phone: (727) 530-0077 

1804 Lakeland Hills Blvd. 
Lakeland, Florida 33805 
Phone: (863) 688-0600 
(407) 999-8300 

401 N Cattleman Rd.
Ste. 108 
Sarasota, Florida 34232 
Phone: (941) 342-0034