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Community Highlights: Meet Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes of Canyon State Electric

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Canyon State Electric was founded in 1978 by Steve Maderazzo, who had just completed his electrician apprenticeship. While he lacked entrepreneurial experience, he was driven to create a bright future for his family and deliver high-quality results for clients.

His positive attitude and willingness to work twice as hard as anyone else convinced general contractors and business owners that he was the best choice for electrical construction in the valley. Over time, Canyon State Electric was increasingly trusted with large construction projects throughout Phoenix and grew from a one-man operation to a multi-million dollar firm.

44 years later, Steve’s children, Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes and Christopher Maderazzo now lead the company, continuously investing in new technologies and adapting to changes in the industry. The CEOs have driven a culture that attracts and retains employees, as Canyon State Electric has won Ranking Arizona’s “Best Place to Work” award every year since 2018.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The economic downturn of 2007-2011 brought sweeping challenges across the nation, and CSE was also affected.

While we didn’t know it at the time, those lessons would prove invaluable in 2020 when the pandemic hit and everyone was forced to re-invent their operating procedure. For construction, an industry that requires employees on-site, many changes and adaptations had to be made in both the office and the field.

However, each period of hardship brings incredible opportunities. As we come out of the pandemic, Phoenix is experiencing one of the biggest construction booms in years, and Canyon State Electric is proud to have pressed through tough times to serve more clients at even larger scopes in a post-pandemic world.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Canyon State Electric is the single-source solution for electrical construction services in the Southwest. The company’s single location is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, where nearly 100 electrical, life safety, and maintenance experts serve the surrounding community.

Canyon State Electric understands the challenges contractors, developers, and business owners face from design to project closeout. Using innovative virtual design and construction techniques, CSE builds more stable structures while saving money and shortening project timelines. A business relationship with CSE doesn’t end when a construction project is complete— Canyon State Electric protects your investment for years to come.

Canyon State Electric’s design-build construction method makes it possible to complete projects even faster with fewer external contracts. Electrical construction experts manage everything in-house— design, engineering, and coding approvals eliminating the typical cost and schedule growth common with other building methods. Clients have seen quicker delivery speeds with lower unit costs through design-build projects.

When you partner with Canyon State Electric on a project, your investment strengthens the community. CSE creates more sustainable structures while supporting charities with local initiatives like the American Heart Association, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Feed My Starving Children.

With a trustworthy partner like Canyon State Electric, you can produce longer-lasting structures, increase revenue, and fortify your client relationships.

What do you think about happiness?
While it’s satisfying to travel through the valley and see structures that our company has equipped with electrical systems, happiness in our business comes from people and relationships.

Whether it’s on a school, industrial facility, or multi-family complex, the work that we do will be used by people every day. We aim to deliver the highest quality work so people have reliable electricity they can use to further their lives.

Happiness also comes from our employees and company culture. We are a family business, and we treat our employees, clients, and vendors like family. People love working at and with Canyon State Electric because they feel supported, heard, and cared for.

We help every employee further their career goals and lead the most fulfilling life possible. We also extend our family to the community, as we proudly support non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association, Make-a-Wish, Feed my Starving Children, and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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