Guarantee Electrical Team at California Refinery Earns State’s Highest OSHA Safety Honor

BENICIA, CALIF. – Guarantee Electrical Co.’s service team at the Valero Refinery in Benicia, Calif. has earned the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR designation for excellence in workplace health and safety from the California Occupational Safety & Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). Of 1.4 million eligible worksites in the state, only 75 attained the VPP STAR designation for providing the best feasible jobsite safety protection. VPP STAR recognition also exempts the refinery from Cal/OSHA programmed inspections.

“We are tremendously proud to earn California’s highest safety honor and to be the only electrical contractor in the state managing a VPP STAR-qualified worksite,” said Doug Mertzlufft, president of Guarantee, which is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

GECO crewsbuilt the original refinery for Humble Oil in 1969 and since then have provided continuous full-scope electrical maintenance, instrumentation and capital project services for 44 years, even as the facility has changed ownership.

Guarantee consistently ranks among the nation’s largest electrical contractors. The company provides the full spectrum of commercial and industrial electrical contracting services, including budgeting, estimating, design-build, value engineering, procurement and all forms of installation services and maintenance.

Guarantee is a founding member of the Federated Electrical Contractors, an affiliation of 33 major electrical contractors with offices across North America and Europe. In addition to a 120,000-square-foot urban campus inSt. Louis that features a state-of-the-art fabrication center and multiple warehouses, it operates offices in Illinois, Colorado and California. The company reported revenues of $136 million for its fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. To learn more, visit

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