By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie resident Peter Madsen has been in the electrical trade since 2000, and said he always had it in the back of his mind to start his own electrical contracting business.
Ironically, it was the rocky economy that gave him the opportunity to do so.
“When you are running and gunning, it is hard to find the time,” Madsen said, explaining why he didn’t start his own company sooner.
There was also less incentive to make the change when business was booming for his former employer.
“It is hard to push yourself away from the table when there is a lot of food on it,” he explained.
But now, “It’s time,” Madsen said.
He may not have taken the leap into business ownership right away, but he did make preparations over time.
“I have been thinking, saving, and buying tools for years,” Madsen said.
He has experience in both residential and commercial electrical work. He said he enjoys both, and is willing to go where the work is.
Over the years, Madsen has worked in sales positions, and said he understands the importance of promoting his business by talking to a lot of people.
“I have never had a problem talking to people,” he commented.
Some people have questioned his decision to start a business under the current economic conditions, but he dismissed this concern.
“The rocky economy is not an excuse to go sit in a corner somewhere. You still have to move ahead,” Madsen said.
He added that, even if he was working for someone else rather than on his own, there would be no guarantee of job security today.
Madsen said he has a good relationship with his former employer, and left on good terms.
He also said he is not out to lure existing customers away from other local contractors.
“I am just throwing my line in the water,” Madsen commented.
“It’s been proven time after time that it is a business about solving problems,” he said, describing his philosophy about electrical contracting. “You can approach things from different angles, and everyone has different experience, but if people want help solving their electrical or building problems, I can do that.”
In addition to electrical work, Madsen has 20 years of experience in building maintenance.
He is a native of Delano, and graduated from Delano High School before earning a degree in Christian education from St. Paul Bible College.
He worked for Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, a care facility for people with developmental and other disabilities, for 12 years.
Over time, he changed his career direction toward the electrician field. He eventually entered an apprenticeship program and earned his journeyman’s, and later, his master’s license.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in McLeod County for 17 years. They lived in a rural setting between Lester Prairie and Plato prior to moving into Lester Prairie two years ago.
The Madsens have nine children, ranging in age from 11 months to 23 years.
Madsen Electric can be reached at (952) 217-6510 or via e-mail at email@example.com.