Key Electrical Construction, Inc.

Key Electrical Construction, Inc. (Key Electric) is a local electrical contractor with more than 40 years of experience serving the Greater Portland, Oregon area, including Portland, Gresham, Beaverton and Newberg. The small, women-owned business was founded in 2015 by business partners and electricians Rachel Struthers and Ruby Moreno. Rachel and Ruby worked together at OEG where they focused primarily on service contracts at the Nike WHQ Campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

Key Electric originally focused on procurement for electrical scopes but found that most general contractors rely on one company to procure and install. So, in 2017, with the help of OEG, Rachel and Ruby established Key Electrical Construction, Inc.

Key Electric was introduced to Skanska when they were awarded the temporary power bid package at the Portland International Airport (PDX) Concourse E Extension project. While working at PDX, Rachel was introduced to the SafeBuild Alliance Mentoring Program with Skanska as their mentor.

The SafeBuild Alliance Mentoring Program is designed to create a collaborative relationship of learning and sharing. The mentorship is a year-long program where the mentor (Skanska) and the mentee (Key Electric) have one-on-one meetings to identify areas of improvement and answer any questions the mentee may have.

Key Electric continued their mentorship with Skanska for a second year, working closely with Steve Clem, Caitlin Powell and Jamie Smith.

Rachel says these mentorships with Skanska were invaluable to teaching her and Ruby how to operate effectively. “When the job ends, the relationship doesn’t,” says Rachel Struthers.

Mentors provided resources, including OSHA trainings, industry-familiar software training and one-on-one training with Skanska personnel.

“Everyone was super helpful and always ready and available to answer my questions. This was a huge asset for us because they taught us how to do anything and everything,” explains Rachel.

“Key Electric was engaged and fabulous to work with. We continue to work with them, and they have been awarded contracts in other projects. We look forward to continuing our working partnership and seeing them thrive in safety, business and sustainable growth,” says Caitlin Powell, project manager.

Last updated: 5/19/2022