Michels Corporation has been pioneering innovative new technologies for more than 5 decades. With a proven track record of success, Michels has earned a sterling reputation while growing from a small pipeline construction company into one of the largest utility contractors in North America. With its collective strength, Michels offers construction, engineering and procurement services to keep pace with the growing demand in the energy, transportation, telecommunications and utility construction industries.
Michels is an industry-leading utility contractor offering Pipeline
Construction, Horizontal Directional Drilling, Transmission, Substation and
Distribution Construction, Cured-in Place Pipe, Direct Pipe, Fiber Optic
Networks, Rail Plowing, Heavy Civil Work, Deep Foundations, Tunneling, Paving,
Dewatering, Custom Crushing and Road Building.
Michels begins doing business as a gas pipeline construction company providing the construction and installation of natural gas distribution systems to Wisconsin utilities.
Michels enters the telephone cable construction field providing outside plant construction and installation of buried telephone cable systems in Wisconsin. That same year, Dale Michels purchases a factory and the land surrounding it – coincidentally, a canning factory he worked at during his high school years.
Michels expands its expertise in underground utility construction and forms a Sewer, Water and Tunnel Division.
Michels begins producing crushed aggregates and supplying materials for various road and building construction projects throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Michels becomes heavily involved in the construction of rural water distribution systems throughout the northern plain states. These new services include construction of water mains, laterals and residential water service.
Twenty years after the completion of its first telephone cable job, Michels becomes one of the very first contractors involved in the construction of fiber optic cable systems in the United States. Michels develops unique methods and builds customized equipment for completing this type of construction. Notable examples of this are Michels’ design and fabrication of several rail-mounted cable plows.
Michels masters a technologically advanced new method of underground utility construction known as horizontal directional drilling (HDD). This technique enables us to cross beneath bodies of water, environmentally sensitive areas and structures where traditional boring and trenching is either impossible or impractical.
Michels’ team of personnel consisting of engineers, electricians, hydraulic specialists and machinists successfully designs and manufactures the most powerful directional drilling rig to date. Dubbed “Hercules-1200” for its enormous power and pullback capabilities (1,200,000 pounds push/pullback), the rig adds more diversity to our fleet of drilling rigs. It can be utilized for installing large diameter heavy wall pipe, as well as drilling through hard-consolidated (rock) ground conditions and large diameter long installations.
Adding to the diversity of Michels’ utility construction business, newly-acquired Superior Electric Company of Appleton, Wis., adds specialized skills in electrical line and substation construction, industrial electric design/build construction, and teledata and audio/video design, wiring and interface.
Michels' Canadian presence is established with the creation of Michels Directional Crossings Co. located in Calgary (Airdrie), Alberta. This Canadian facility and workforce helps Michels establish a greater directional drilling presence throughout Canada.
Michels acquires Pilchuck Contractors Inc. of Seattle, Wash. The acquisition of Pilchuck, an underground utility contractor that has now served the needs of gas and telecommunications customers throughout the Northwest for more than 20 years, expands Michels’ gas distribution and telecommunications construction businesses in the Northwest United States.
Michels’ team of personnel successfully designs and manufactures a second "Hercules-1200,” adding more diversity to its fleet of drilling rigs.
Michels Pipeline Construction Inc. begins a new era, changing its name to Michels Corporation to better reflect its diversified offerings. For more than 40 years, the name “Michels Pipeline Construction” has defined the origin of our success in the gas pipeline utility construction industry, and it lives on as the oldest of our 15 divisions.
Michels Corporation acquires BBC as part of the Mid-America Line and Cable division. Michels also acquires Anderson Bros. & Johnson, located in Wausau, Wis., which mines the only deep-red granite in North America.
Michels Corporation acquires an office and yard facility in Phoenix, Ariz., while Michels Pipeline Construction opens a distribution gas pipeline construction operating facility in Burnsville, Minn.
Michels forms a new division, Michels Drilled Foundations. With drilling capabilities of more than 12 feet in diameter and up to 120 feet deep, Michels Drilled Foundations can drill and install building and sign foundations, power transmission poles, geological site assessments, landfill wells and dewatering, as well as foundations for towers, bridges and roads.
Michels Mid-America Line and Cable division changes its name to Michels Communications to encompass its diversification as a telecommunications contactor. Michels is now involved in many varying aspects of communications, including network design, installation and maintenance.
Michels expands in the west again by purchasing the well-established cured-in-place pipe business of Gelco Services Inc. based in Salem, Ore. In addition to traditional methods of concrete and pipeline rehabilitation services, Gelco/Michels Pipe Services performs the installation of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), as well as resin impregnated cured-in-place lining.
Michels Directional Crossings moves its Canadian operations to the Edmonton, Alberta area (Nisku).
Michels’ skilled technicians manufacture another drilling rig, the DD-840, which brings the total fleet to more than 65 drilling rigs. Michels Directional Crossings masters horizontal directional drilling by successfully completing crossings up to 60 inches in diameter and more than 15,700 feet in length.
To solidify the Michels presence in the Chicago area, Michels opens a regional facility in Rockdale, Ill. This location provides office space, a large warehouse, shop area and more than four acres of well-lit and fenced-in yard for storage.
Michels Corporation enters the concrete paving industry, a natural move for a company that produces more than 10 million tons of aggregates annually. Michels Paving provides quality concrete paving services to both the public and private sectors.
Michels Corporation purchases the assets of PCC Construction Co. and its sister companies, completing another major step in the company’s plan to become a leading contractor in Wisconsin’s concrete paving industry.
Michels Pipe Services successfully installs more than 1 million feet of pipe underground. Michels builds a new facility in Salem, Ore. This facility provides ample office and yard space, which includes a wet-out shop to supplement maintenance and warehouse buildings.
Michels Directional Crossings accepts two awards from Trenchless Technology magazine. Michels receives Project of the Year honors for a 20-inch diameter crossing under the St. Lawrence River in Canada that spans 7,600 feet. Michels also receives an honorable mention nod for an 8,400-foot, 10-inch diameter crossing under Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin, Fla.
Michels Sewer, Water and Tunnel division embraces a new identity: Michels Tunneling. The new name more effectively describes the services that are provided.
Michels Pipe Services is honored by Trenchless Technology magazine’s Project of the Year competition for installing 4,000 feet of 60-inch pipe in Milwaukee, Wis.
Michels Pipe Services is once again honored by Trenchless Technology magazine’s Project of the Year competition.
Michels Corporation is ranked No. 64 in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors issue. We are also ranked No. 172, firmly establishing Michels as one of the largest construction firms in the world.
Michels Corporation celebrates 50 years! What started out as a pipeline company has burgeoned into an international engineering and construction contractor. Michels has earned the respect and confidence of renowned private sector companies and governmental bodies all over the world.
Michels Corporation is ranked number 53 in ENR’s Top 400 U.S. Contractors issue. They are also ranked as the 28th largest Global Contractor.
Michels Pipeline Construction adds a fourth mainline spread for 52 miles of 42-inch pipe.
Michels Tunneling is awarded Western Builder’s Top Project of the Year for constructing an 80-inch diameter tunnel, 1,000-foot in length, under the Rock River (Wisconsin) during spring floods.
Michels Corporation consists of a solid group of professionals all working under the one name of Michels Corporation to deliver the project on time and under budget. Whether it is drilling, wind, directional crossing, pipeline, CIPP, tunneling, paving, engineering, environmental resource, materials, communications or power and transmission; we are One Michels – Michels Corporation.
Michels is recognized internationally for its innovation, efficiency and reliability. Our company ranks as one of the 100 largest construction firms — No. 45 in ENR’s 2010 rankings — and one of the top 10 utility construction companies in North America. We are one of the largest design and outside plant construction telecommunication contractors in the United States. We have installed pipe up to 60 inches in diameter and currently hold the record for the longest drilled installation in rock – 6,050 linear feet. We are the leader in horizontal directional drilling. We continue to set new records and receive awards thanks to our determination to be the best in the industry. We are Michels: Driving Innovation. Transforming Construction.