About Us


In 1908, the electrical industry was starting to take shape at the turn of the 20th century.  The IBEW and NECA were founded (in 1891 and 1901, respectively) and electrical contractors were forming, including Atlas Electric in 1908.

Atlas Electric was founded as a service-oriented electrical contractor serving the San Francisco Bay Area, which was still recovering from the great earthquake of 1906. In its early decades, Atlas Electric not only survived the Great Depression but went on to build a respected, successful business for several generations that followed.

In the late 1970s, Richard and Diane Pellizzari opened an electrical contracting shop in industrial Redwood City. With Richard, a highly skilled IBEW electrician, and Diane, a warm customer service ambassador, at the helm, Pellizzari Electric quickly established a name for itself. The company battled through tough economic times, finding a strong market niche in commercial projects. 

In the late 1980s, a merge between the two companies created Atlas/Pellizzari Electric. Atlas brought an established service orientation, while Pellizzari contributed expertise in larger, commercial projects. The combined resources and customer base established a solid foundation for 25 years of business growth and customer relationships built on trust.

Significant Milestones

  • 1908
    Atlas Electric is Born

    The beginning of a service oriented, bay area electrical contractor is formed on the Peninsula.

  • 1979
    Pellizzari Electric is Born

    Pellizzari Electric was formed in 1979 by Richard Pellizzari. Richard came up through the ranks of IBEW as an inside wiremen. Through hard work and a relentless toughness in the field, it didn't take long for him to build a name for himself as a leader in the industry.

  • 1989
    Atlas/Pellizzari is Merged

    Atlas Electric was bought by Pellizzari Electric to form Atlas / Pellizzari Electric, Inc. This brought on new resources and opportunities to the business that quickly paid off.

  • 1991
    Next Generation is on Board

    Richard & Diane's oldest son, Steve, who helped the family business early on and previously graduated from CSU, Chico was ready to take on a larger role and quickly helped his father expand the business to new levels.

  • 2001
    New Leadership Takes Control

    Steve is appointed as President. Fellow friends and CSU Chico, graduates Jim Weishaar and Jeff Gormley are appointed as Secretary / Treasurer and Vice President. This new, young leadership group was key in developing a fun, yet productive environment that still resonates with the business today.

  • 2010
    Bio-Tech firm takes over Local Facility

    A well known bio-tech firm begins taking over a large campus and Atlas / Pellizzari is hired for many service / small projects due to the abundance of expt erience and knowledge of that particular campus and industry.

  • 2012
    15MW Photovoltaic System is Built

    The largest project to date is built out in Fresno County. The project involved several miles of wire pulling and making up close to 80,000 panels. This was a major accomplishment for the company.

  • 2016
    Atlas/Pellizzari hits $18 Million in Revenue

    Through steady growth and repeat clients, Atlas/Pellizzari has expanded its resources and footprint on the electrical industry.