Electrifying service at Miller
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Sue and Ed Gocher have expanded their staff at
Miller Electric from two to 10 in six years.
If you ask native Chicagoan Ed Gocher how frequently he gets out fishing, his answer is, "As often as possible." Not really an unusual response from someone who lives on the Manatee River and loves fishing, unless you consider that his business, Miller Electric, has quadrupled in the six years he and his wife Sue have owned it, expanding their staff from two to 10.
Finding time to fish is Gocher’s only problem these days. Miller Electric’s business has grown so much that they required more space and recently purchased a 3,000 square foot building to accommodate their experienced and long-term personnel, including Gator, Miller’s mascot. Their new shop is spacious and organized with vehicles that all look like they just pulled out of the showroom.
Miller Electric is state certified as a full service repair, renovation and new construction electric company servicing all of Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island. Although it handles all types of electrical repairs and hookups, it specializes in boat lifts and boat lift remotes, dock lighting, including deep glow underwater lighting, snook lights and pool lights. It also installs and gives complimentary advice on friendly sea turtle lighting for beachfront properties on the islands during turtle season, May 1 through Oct. 31. It counts many condominium associations and real estate rental companies, in addition to individual home owners and local contractors, as its clients.
Miller Electric was winner of the 2008 Anna Maria Island Chamber award for best mid-sized business and was nominated by the Longboat Key Chamber in the category of best small business. The Gochers are community minded and donate the wiring for Anna Maria Island’s annual Bayfest festival as well as for the Friday night Music Fests and the AMI Chamber of Commerce holiday tree. In addition, Ed Gocher volunteers on the advisory board for the Manatee Technical Institute and is also involved in his sons’ sports activities, having coached over 700 games for Tyler and Adam.
Sue and Ed Gocher run a successful family business where their sons are involved and they treat their employees as family. One of the top services they offer is a live person on the other end of the phone when you call.
Whether you need to change the light switch in your bedroom, hook-up a new air conditioning system this summer or install landscape lighting, Miller Electric is prepared to work with you on your specific needs. When Ed Gocher isn’t fishing or volunteering, he’s running his growing business along with his family and loyal staff, and of course, his four-pawed pal, Gator.
6992 Iris St., Sarasota, Fla. 34243