December 11, 2019
When you consider Team Fishel’s Ohio operation, you can’t help but think about Ken Fishel, the man who started it all. Ken founded the company in 1936, installing telephone cable for AT&T. That early work firmly established Team Fishel’s roots as a leading contractor for the telecom industry. It also paved the way for the company’s growth in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
Today, telecom construction is one of Team Fishel’s core strengths and a big part of our work in Ohio. We’ve built the fiber optic backbone for Ohio’s Smart Mobility Corridor. We install and maintain miles of high-capacity fiber optic cable for major telecom and data carriers serving customers throughout the state. And after building new infrastructure for our customers, we provide ongoing maintenance service to keep those assets up and running for the long term.
As telecom technologies advanced over the years, Team Fishel’s capabilities expanded as well. Our Ohio operation offers engineering services, comprehensive fiber network services, inside structured cabling, splicing and testing of fiber. With excellent Teammate training, well-maintained equipment and a High Performance work ethic, Team Fishel’s Ohio operation is a leader in telecom construction.
In the late 1970s, Team Fishel’s also began serving the natural gas industry, repairing and replacing existing gas lines in residential neighborhoods in southeastern Ohio. The timing couldn’t have been better. Opportunities increased in the natural gas segment as the federal government mandated the repair, rehabilitation or replacement of aging cast iron or bare steel gas distribution pipelines throughout the U.S. Team Fishel was ready to serve and now provides pipeline replacement and maintenance for natural gas providers throughout much of Ohio.
To round out its work in Ohio, Team Fishel also provides electric distribution construction and maintenance services for utility companies in several markets.
In a recent interview, Mike Barger, Vice President (Ohio) said it best: “Team Fishel started in 1936 working for the telephone company. And here we are, still working for the telephone company. So clearly, we’ve been doing something right all these years, from a quality perspective and from a safety perspective”.
Team Fishel has grown immensely since those early days in 1936, expanding its business across multiple segments of the utility industry and into many states. And throughout the decades, the Ohio operation has grown and evolved as well, standing strong at the Heart of it All!