Electrical Business


Black & McDonald celebrates 100 years

May 4, 2021 | By Anthony Capkun

May 4, 2021 – In 1921, World War I veterans William R. Black and William “W.J.” McDonald formed Black & McDonald, an electrical contractor providing wiring services to residences and small businesses.

The company enjoyed success in the Toronto area over the next two decades. Following the death of Black in 1946, McDonald took the enterprise forward on his own. In the 1950s, he was joined by his sons John and Bill.

By the early 1970s, Black & McDonald had become a coast-to-coast company with a national network of Canadian offices, and a service offering in the commercial and industrial sectors that included electrical and mechanical contracting, sheet metal fabrication, HVAC and refrigeration maintenance and repair, and utility contracting.

The company went on to add design engineering and facility management & operations capabilities to its repertoire. Ands, during the 1990s, Black & McDonald expanded into the U.S. utility construction and asset management market in Kansas City.

Today, the company is owned and led by the third generation of McDonalds, completes over $1 billion in sales annually, and has more than 5000 employees operating out of 30+ offices in North America.

— With files from Black & McDonald

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