Supporting our members in the merit shop electrical industry.
For over 20 years the Midwest Independent Electrical Contractors have been serving the rural and urban communities of Northwest Indiana & the Greater Chicagoland area. We are one of the 53 national chapters of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC), a non-profit trade organization federation.
The purpose of the IEC is to support the success and advancement of our members within the independent electrical industry. We are an organization that is dedicated to the education and training initiatives which prepares students for successful careers in our industry.
The Midwest IEC’s mission is to enhance the independent electrical contractor’s success by developing a professional workforce, communicating clearly with the government, promoting ethical business practices, and providing leadership for the electrical industry.
In 1998, three contractors approached John Evorik about starting an apprentice school. John himself had previously attended a different apprenticeship school and after reviewing the curriculum for the IEC he decided that was the program he wanted to be a part of. As word about the program spread, many contractors came to John about joining what was originally called Northwest Indiana Independent Electrical Contractors. The majority of the contractors wanted education for their employees.
The first meetings quickly outgrew John’s shop, and for a few years meetings were held at a local restaurant. Classes were originally held at a local high school and in 2002, as the program grew, we moved to our first building in Schererville, Indiana. Along with the move, our name changed to the Midwest IEC to more accurately include the Illinois portion of our territory. Our original territory consisted of Lake & Porter Counties in Indiana and Cook & Will in Illinois.
As the years progressed, our apprenticeship school continued to grow, we outgrew our Schererville location, and in 2017 moved to our present location in Crown Point, Indiana. We are now outgrowing that location and looking to build a new training center. Our territory has expanded to include Kankakee County in Illinois and Newton County in Indiana.
John Evoirk, the last of our founding members, continues to be active today as Treasurer of our Chapter. John has dedicated himself to making Midwest IEC the premier merit shop apprenticeship training program in the region.