Schmader Electric began in July, 1967, when Harold and Jeanette decided to go into business on their own. Harold was working for Cuming County Public Power, but branched off on his own and began working out of his garage doing farmstead, residential and small commercial wiring jobs. After the first year, the business grew and the couple purchased a separate building and started a line construction business doing work for power districts.
In 1977, he built a new shop and, in 1979, added a second building to house the electricians and offices, whereas the first building housed the mechanic and line construction business. Then in 2000, their son Dale and wife, Marla bought the business. Dale had worked with his father since the age of 11.
Dale and Marla moved the business to its current location on North Highway 275. The company has 20 employees, including their son Jared and his wife, Nikki. The business continues to grow and provide quality electrical construction, including installing civil defense sirens, ballfield lights, substations, and distribution and transmission lines, for power districts and cities throughout the Midwest.