Heritage Electric Ltd.

Building the Canadian Dream
Written by: 
Camila Osorno
Produced by: 
Gwen Brook

Walter Kostycz and his wife Kathy founded Heritage Electric Ltd. (Heritage) in 1978. In 1995 Jack Marinic joined the company’s ownership circle after working his way through the ranks after starting with the company as an apprentice. The team of three has blossomed into a team of 12 electrical professionals who take pride in bringing an incomparable attention to detail and a legacy of successfully overcome challenges to every project.

Heritage is currently based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Kostycz and Marinic oversee the team’s operations. Heritage specializes in residential, industrial and commercial work, adding voice, data and electrical design-build capabilities along the way. Though residential electrical service was a primary focus of the company in its earliest days, Heritage today only completes the odd residential job, usually for friends, family or long-time clients, in order to put its resources towards more demanding projects.

The company’s customers run the gamut from commercial to industrial and institutional, including local credit unions, churches, factories, offices, retail stores and warehousing units. Heritage can provide professional architectural and engineering drawings and put together a budget plan catering to a client’s needs.

After a full consultation the company will deliver excellence and punctuality, as the Heritage’s team makes a point to go above and beyond to make sure customers’ needs are met. In fact, there are rarely any projects that the team cannot tackle as the company is certified in Category 5 cabling for data, networking and fiber optic systems. Heritage is also one of the few electrical firms in the area to work regularly with printing presses and the company’s diverse capabilities have helped Heritage stay competitive in recent years.

Keeping that Family Feel

Heritage’s team keeps up-to-date with changes in the industry through continuing professional development. The company joined the Merit Contractors Association of Alberta a few years ago to stay abreast of continually evolving safety regulations, but the move was also largely motivated by a shared sense of responsibility for one another. Members benefit from shared pension plans and on-going professional development programs that empower professionals to stay on top of new technologies and the industries best practices as well as new safety procedures.

“We take care of and run our business like a family,” asserts Kathy Kostycz, manager at Heritage. “Many of our employees have been with us for 10 years or more and some have been here for more than 30 years and we consider all our employees to be part of the family.”

The continual addition of new talent at Heritage has always been carefully balanced by a high retention rate of long-time employees. In fact, Kathy and Wally’s son Richard Kostycz has since joined the company as journeymen electrician and Jack Marinic’s son Nicholas is on his way, but two employees in particular, Joe Donato and Don Holyk, have been with the company since 1979. The pair have helped drive the company’s growth throughout Heritage’s 34-year history and will continue to ensure Heritage evolves to meet client’s needs in a way that fits with its long standing reputation for quality service and professionalism.

Whatever It Takes

And Heritage’s ability to handle ambitious projects is due in great part to the company’s dedicated employees. Just before the holidays, Heritage was busy working on a renovation and modernization project at the Grant Park Shopping Centre in Winnipeg. The mall originally opened as a community center in the mid-1960s, but the centre adjusted to accommodate more tenants as Winnipeg’s population blossomed.

The current facility sprawls across 400,000 square feet and houses over 70 retailers – with Empire Theaters, Safeway and Zellers anchoring the complex – but the current management opted to redo much of the interior recently to make the space more cohesive and energy efficient.

Spark for Growth

Manitoba’s economy has been growing in a rapid pace over the last five years, which has put a challenge to hiring more journeymen in order to allow the company to train the abundance of enthusiastic youths looking for apprenticeships.

Even so, the Heritage team is poised to find growth in the coming years as the province continues to grow. Both Marinic and Kostycz’ sons have joined the company, and Kostycz looks forward to seeing the two of them uphold the experience-driven, quality customer service that built Heritage Electric Ltd. up from its foundation in the Canadian dream.

Strategic Partnership(s): 
Brentwood Construction Company
Century Petroleum
Ernst Hansch Construction Ltd
Fire-Tech Systems, Inc.