Aschinger Electric’s Emily Martin honored with St. Louis County WBE Award


Martin also serves as St. Louis NECA president 

EMILY MARTIN, president of IBEW Local 1 signatory Aschinger Electric, has been named the winner of St. Louis County’s 2019 Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Award.

Emily Martin, president of Aschinger Electric, is being honored for her business and civic leadership by St. Louis County government.

Martin, who also serves as president of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), has been named the winner of the county’s 2019 Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Award.

The award honors “outstanding business acumen, industry leadership and community service.” It was presented during St. Louis County’s inaugural vendor fair on Sept. 18 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“Emily Martin leads by example,” said Doug Martin, St. Louis NECA executive vice president. “She’s a leader in both her business and our NECA chapter and devotes countless hours to improving our industry and the St. Louis community.” Doug Martin is no relation to Emily Martin.

Aschinger is among the region’s largest electrical contractors and among the largest women-owned businesses according to the St. Louis Business Journal. It is also one of the nation’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors, according the industry trade publication Engineering News Record. Aschinger was founded in 1940 in St. Louis, and Martin is the fourth generation in the electrical contracting business.

“Emily is strategically growing Aschinger’s business opportunities, expanding its services,” noted Frank Jacobs, Local 1 business manager. “We have been proud to partner with her firm for decades on its many diverse electrical and communications projects.”

Under Martin’s leadership, Fenton-based Aschinger has expanded its service to build and maintain commercial electrical needs. In 2018, Martin grew Aschinger’s workforce to 170 with the merger with Briner Electric. Some of the company’s key recent projects include:

  • St. Louis County Library branch modernization.
  • Renovations to the Gateway Arch grounds including improvements to the Arch tram.
  • Robert A. Young Federal Building seismic renovation.
  • Ameren Missouri community solar array.

In addition to her role as president of St. Louis NECA, which partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection, a business development and civic leadership organization for the electrical industry, Martin also serves on the AGC of Missouri Diversity Committee and the NECA National Diversity Engagement Council.

“Emily is well known to business and civic organizations locally and statewide,” said Jim Curran, Electrical Connection executive vice president. “She’s an invaluable resource to the state as we help Missouri adapt to new technology that is changing the energy, electrical and communications industry.”

Martin also serves on the St. Louis County Electrical Examining Board, which oversees electrical contracting licensing in the county. She is an executive board member of AAIM Employer’s Association and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis and the capital campaign committee for Tower Grove Park.



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