About Cannon & Wendt


Dedicated to understanding and fulfilling our customers needs for electric service, Cannon & Wendt Electric Company provides the highest level of quality and safety in the electrical construction industry. This is a commitment that has not wavered throughout Cannon & Wendt’s long, proud history. Our affiliations with respected organizations in business, electrical contracting and related fields further reinforce the trust we’ve been building with our electric service customers since 1945. It’s our goal to provide quality electrical construction that meets or exceeds the requirements of our customer’s projects.

We accomplish this goal by employing highly skilled electrical engineers, while providing them with continuing education in electrical engineering through the Cannon & Wendt Training Academy. Quality workmanship is the prime objective of everyone involved on any one of our electrical contracting projects – a level of quality that should meet or exceed the nature and utility of the design, the owner’s expectations and the designer’s interpretation.

  • Study the plans and specifications for all necessary testing, inspection and other requirements relative to construction quality
  • Provide adequate and timely notice, as required for inspections or observations by the architect, owners representatives and authorized inspectors
  • Review specifications carefully to identify potential conflicts between the prescriptive and performance requirements for the work
  • Provide clarification for the architect, electrical engineer and owner prior to commencing any work which would be affected by conflicts or ambiguities in the specifications
  • Inform all craftsmen, vendors and/or subcontractors of the construction quality expected of them
  • Provide continuous inspection of all craftsmen, vendors and/or subcontractors to ensure the strict performance of their work
  • Maintain a complete set of records, reports or other descriptive documents related to the electrical wiring work regarding inspections, testing or certification of the physical quality of materials, equipment and workmanship
  • Study the plans and specifications paying particular attention to sections that may provide descriptive information regarding visual quality of the electrical engineering work expected
  • Determine not only the level of visual quality expected from the electrical contracting project but also the inspection procedures to be employed to measure visual quality
  • Use physical mock-ups, samples or test areas to provide a project-specific measure against which the electrical construction work can be judged
  • Communicate to all craftsmen, vendors and/or subcontractors the visual quality expected of them
  • Establish procedures for the continuous visual inspection of all purchased materials and equipment, as well as finished work, so that maintenance of quality is done on a verifiable basis

Our People


We owe our success to being an employee-oriented electric service firm with a customer-oriented philosophy. Simply put, Cannon & Wendt believes the customer is always right. This philosophy has served us well throughout our seven-decade history. It takes the right people to keep this customer-oriented philosophy alive. So we have consistently recruited talented people for every position in every department of the company, offering continuing education through the Training Academy. We’re proud of our low turnover rate and the high caliber of our people!

Cannon & Wendt was an Equal Opportunity Employer long before it became a law, simply because we are keenly aware that the only solid, lasting basis for continued growth is the strength and talent of our employees.

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Our Values


Learning

Customer Focus

Continuous Improvement

Safety

Teamwork

Professionalism

Leadership


Our Team That Has Become Family


Cannon & Wendt Team

Our "Wheel" Philosophy


When Albert Wendt first took a leading role in this electrical contracting company, he made it very clear to every department head and every employee that there is no single star at Cannon & Wendt, including himself. Each division is but one spoke of the large wheel on which the firm rides. Every spoke of that wheel must be strong in order for Cannon & Wendt to prosper. If one spoke weakens, the whole wheel collapses.

This customer-oriented wheel philosophy continues today, ensuring that each of our electrical contracting divisions operates at full strength, including:

  • Top Management
  • Field Supervision and Labor Force
  • Estimating and Project Management
  • Warehousing and Equipment
  • Accounting, Cost and General
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Training and Safety

From this philosophy, a strong electric service company has evolved into our company that exists today. A company that is financially sound, fiscally responsible and capable of bonding even the largest projects.

Cannon & Wendt's Training Academy

Our Mission

The Training Academy recognizes that our success increasingly depends on the knowledge, skills, creativity and motivation of our employees. In developing each, the Academy understands that every employee is unique and therefore has unique training requirements. The Academy’s greatest strength lies in its ability to provide opportunities that meet those needs.

Today’s rapidly changing marketplace and technological advances make it difficult for employees to keep pace with the latest techniques and skills that affect their job performance.

Dedicated to meeting the training, development and performance support needs of our employees – and to best serve our customers – Cannon & Wendt Electric Company offers on-site electrical construction training and instruction at our Training Academy (a minimum of two hours/month, twenty-four hours/year), including:

  • Construction safety and awareness classes
  • Vendor workshops and demonstrations
  • Electrical project supervision classes
  • Seminars specific to realized needs
  • Ongoing educational opportunities for field supervisors

These electrical construction training opportunities enhance our employees’ job performance, leading to a more safety-conscious, productive workforce ready to advance our competitive edge. Through the development of these activities, the Training Academy is committed to demonstrating our core company values.

Our Proud History


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  • 1945

    Cannon & Gross Electric Company is Formed

    Cannon & Gross Electric Company is Formed

    January 4, 1945

    When the war ended in 1945 and American servicemen came home, growth in the United States skyrocketed and Arizona was no exception. We needed houses, we needed factories and we needed stores to keep up with the population boom. That’s when two young engineers stepped in to help! Ernest Cannon and Joe Gross formed Cannon & Gross Electric Company to provide for the Valley’s commercial and residential electrical contracting needs.

  • 1947

    Albert Wendt Joins Cannon & Gross as an Apprentice Electrician

    Albert Wendt Joins Cannon & Gross as an Apprentice Electrician

    February 4, 1947

    Albert Wendt joined the electrical service team as an apprentice electrician.

  • 1948

    Ray Watson Joins the Firm

    Ray Watson Joins the Firm

    February 4, 1948

    When Ray Watson joined the firm, the name was changed to Cannon & Watson Electric.

  • 1955

    Cannon & Watson Completes the Uptown Plaza

    Cannon & Watson Completes the Uptown Plaza

    February 4, 1955

    Uptown Plaza was the Phoenix area’s first shopping center.

  • 1957

    Company Name is Changed to Cannon & Wendt Electric Company

    Company Name is Changed to Cannon & Wendt Electric Company

    February 4, 1957

    Albert Wendt becomes a partner of the company.

  • 1964

    Ernest Cannon Retires

    Ernest Cannon Retires

    February 4, 1964

    Albert Wendt becomes the new President.

  • 1968

    Cannon & Wendt Shifts Focus

    Cannon & Wendt Shifts Focus

    February 4, 1968

    Cannon & Wendt begins to focus on larger construction projects in Arizona.

  • 1980

    Continues to Experience Phenomenal Growth!

    Continues to Experience Phenomenal Growth!

    February 4, 1980
  • 1992

    Arizona’s Top 100 Privately-Owned Corporations

    Arizona’s Top 100 Privately-Owned Corporations

    February 4, 1992

    Arizona Business Journal declares Cannon & Wendt as one of the state’s top 100 privately-owned corporations.

  • 1999

    Arthur Anderson Award

    Arthur Anderson Award

    February 4, 1999

    Arthur Anderson declares Cannon & Wendt as one of Arizona’s top 100 privately-owned corporations.

  • 2001

    Arizona’s First NECA Electrical Project Supervision Training

    Arizona’s First NECA Electrical Project Supervision Training

    February 4, 2001

    Cannon & Wendt provides Arizona’s First NECA Electrical Project Supervision Training to all of its field supervisors as developed by the Center for Academic Excellence and sponsored by the Electrical Contracting Foundation.

  • 2001

    Cannon & Wendt Technologies is Formed

    Cannon & Wendt Technologies is Formed

    July 4, 2001
  • 2001

    Albert Wendt Awarded the 2001 Arizona Construction Pioneer Award

    Albert Wendt Awarded the 2001 Arizona Construction Pioneer Award

    November 4, 2001

    Presented by the Valley of the Sun Chapter CFMA.

  • 2002

    Cannon & Wendt Awarded the Contract for the Glendale Arena

    Cannon & Wendt Awarded the Contract for the Glendale Arena

    February 4, 2002

    Home of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

  • 2004

    Cannon & Wendt Selected as Design/Build Contractor Team for the TSA/Cardinals Multipurpose Facility

    Cannon & Wendt Selected as Design/Build Contractor Team for the TSA/Cardinals Multipurpose Facility

    February 4, 2004

    This facility is home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and largest single construction project in Arizona in over two decades.

  • 2005

    Cannon & Wendt Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    Cannon & Wendt Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    March 3, 2005
  • 2006

    Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is Formed

    Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is Formed

    March 3, 2006
  • 2010

    David Fagan Elected President

    David Fagan Elected President

    March 3, 2010
  • 2019

    Shane Snyder Becomes President

    Shane Snyder Becomes President

    October 3, 2019
  • 2020

    Cannon & Wendt Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    Cannon & Wendt Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    March 3, 2020