Building On Family Tradition
After serving as an electronic technician in the military, Carl Orgeron established A-1 the day after his first son, Ryan, was born in 1973. Although it was originally established as a residential electrical company, it quickly expanded and changed into the commercial contractor that it is today. Ryan grew up in the industry, working at A-1 in the summers and majored in Electrical Engineering at Louisiana State University. After earning his engineering license and completing a four-year internship at Keystone Engineering, Ryan joined the A-1 company with his father and established Drake Engineering, a partner-company, enabling the teams to work together on design-build projects.
Carl retired in 2009, leaving Ryan to carry on his legacy—and carry it he did. Within five years, the company reached $15 million in revenue, and it has only continued to prosper as a premier contractor in the New Orleans area. With a license to operate in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Alabama, we see nothing but growth on the horizon.
YEARS OF COMBINED
LWCC "Safest 70"
Safety isn’t just something we talk about; it’s something that’s ingrained in every single thing that we do. In fact, we currently hold a workers’ compensation EMR rate of .80. We’ve been able to achieve this accomplishment through our expansive internal and external efforts.
A third-party safety consultant, Smart Safety, visits our job sites unannounced in order to keep us accountable at all times. They also act as a resource so that our team members can anonymously report any sort of safety concern to be addressed directly with our management team. Our goal is to create a safe space for our crew, clients and community at all times.
Internally, we’ve also established our own safety program, which is getting bigger and better every day. With in-house safety reps, monthly training sessions, certifications for every piece of equipment our team members use and more, we make sure that no aspect of our operation is overlooked.