Posted: July 8, 2019
Curiosity got the best of Tony Maglio when he stuck a key into a wall socket as a young child. “I burned up the key and got thrown across the room,” he recalls. “When I was a little older, I was playing around with a TV and got an electric shock. I decided I better learn how electricity works before I really got hurt.”
As a teen working alongside his electrician father, Tony attended the Local Union #3 apprenticeship program in New York City. After several years of helping his dad, he opened his own business in 1980. By 1985, Maglio Electric had graduated from one truck and one employee to 11 trucks and a staff of 22. “It was a lot of stress managing a staff that size, and it wasn’t very profitable. I decided to downsize and change my business model,” says Tony. “Now, I run my business with four guys—two seasoned electricians and two apprentices—and we have two crews. One employee has been with me since the day I opened. It’s really rare to find good tradespeople who stay that long, anymore.”
With retirement on the horizon, Tony is planning to pass the family business to his daughter and son-in-law—but he’ll continue to work in the field. “I’d retire tomorrow if I could win the lottery,” he laughs. “Honestly, I have some good years left in me. It’s a fulfilling job, and it’s been a great career. I enjoy the satisfaction of solving our customers’ electrical problems, whether it’s figuring out a lighting scheme or bringing old systems up to code.”
“When I meet with a client, I encourage them to think toward the future. Let’s look at the whole picture,” says Tony. “Will you be expanding soon? Do you need to update an aging electrical system? Plan for a remodel? Let’s anticipate future needs because no one wants to do things twice.”
The electrical industry, like other trades, is facing an uphill battle and a widening skills gap. Students are choosing massive student loan debt to pursue four-year degrees, while most high school vocational programs have closed up shop. “Our industry’s biggest challenge is finding qualified tradespeople to do the work. We’re sending kids to college, and they’re leaving with thousands in debt and no job,” Tony said. “When you learn to work with your hands, you’ll never go hungry.”
“The other big problem with our industry is that most contractors don’t take customer service seriously—and many don’t even return calls. There are so many fly-by-night contractors and one- or two-person shops,” he says. “When they’re busy, they don’t take time to call people back. They finish the job they are working on now and then go about the business of looking for more work. My company has been serving some of the same families for 20 or 25 years because we respect their time and earn their trust.”
After over 50 years in the business, Tony has seen everything—but a few electrical hazards crop up more than others. “Creative wiring” and inappropriate use of extension cords or power strips tops the list. “Many homeowners use surge protector strips and multi-outlet adaptors throughout their houses instead of investing in electrical upgrades or adding wall receptacles. Power strips are not designed to power your home, and misuse can put you at risk.”
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), thousands of US residents are critically injured and electrocuted each year from electrical accidents and home fires. Tony says he sees a lot of dangerous situations when people try to wire their own homes. “There’s too much riding on your home’s electricity. A lot of people think they know how to do electrical work because a friend or a store employee told them how. I tell my customers, ‘I don’t know what you do for a living. I’m sure you are very good at it, but please leave the electrical work to trained technicians.’”
Tony Maglio and his team of electricians serve residents and light commercial business owners across Hunterdon County and beyond. Popular services include, but are not limited to:
“The quality of our workmanship is above the rest, and we provide a prompt response to questions or post-install concerns. We take care of our customers, so most of our business is repeat business and word-of-mouth recommendations,” says Tony.
Free time is scarce for business owners, but Tony makes the most of his days off. When he is not working on his 14-acre property or taking care of his small herd of beef cattle, he gets his adrenaline fix driving high-speed autocross. Autocross is a form of racing requiring intense focus and precision maneuvering to steer through a short-course of cones.
“In 1980, I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ship my brand-new Corvette to Le Mans, France for two parade laps around the track,” recalls Tony. Today, the long-time sports car enthusiast participates in autocross events across New Jersey, where drivers from amateur to expert compete to navigate the pylon-marked courses.
The voice you hear when you call Tony’s office is that of his daughter, Justine Maglio-Wardell. Justine’s husband, Steve, is an electrician on the Maglio Electric team. “People appreciate our family-operated business model,” says Tony. “Hiring an electrician is stressful because of the safety risk. We prioritize safety and educate customers about how to keep their homes free of electrical hazards.”
To learn more about protecting your family and avoiding unnecessary electrical risk, visit the RESOURCES section of Maglio’s website. To learn more about Tony Maglio and his NJ electrical team, click here. To schedule a no-obligation wiring estimate for your home or business, call 908.735.6218 or submit your inquiry online.
Backed by a half-century of expertise, Maglio Electric (#4565) has grown into one of Jersey’s most trusted, family-owned businesses. Experience the difference for yourself!
“The electricians at Maglio Electric were professional and knowledgeable. They were prompt and did an amazing job solving all my electrical issues. I would highly recommend!” Jan H. Warren, NJ
“Maglio Electric is the best. Family run, supports the community. They are very professional and the quality is top-notch. Not only do I trust them with my house; they also take care of our firehouse.” Dan V. Asbury, NJ