It began in 1964, as S&S Electric, providing electrical services for residents and businesses around Pittsburg, Kansas. By the time we changed our name to CDL-Electric in 1996, we were also maintaining signals and providing electrical services for companies in the short line railroad business.

In the 2000’s, our expansion included divisions that relied heavily on our quality electricians including, business signs, generators, solar energy, security radios, systems and alarms. In the past few years, we’ve added plumbing, high voltage maintenance, refrigeration and heating and air to make CDL one destination that solves so many needs for homes and businesses. All the while, we’ve expanded our services and customer base in the short line railroad industry.

With our significant growth, especially in recent years, our quality staff has increased to over 300 people working in 12 distinct divisions of products and services. We continue to be a dominant force in the 4-state region with offices in Pittsburg, Parsons and Ft. Scott in Kansas, and Missouri offices in Joplin and Nevada. When you add our competent staff placed in areas throughout the country, CDL is well-positioned for future growth and meeting the needs of our expanding customer base.


It’s pretty simple….. to provide home, business and industrial products and services at a reasonable profit, making sure our customers are happy with the results.


CDL values hard work by our talented employees and we always attempt to follow these principals with our customers and each other:

CDL Projects

High Voltage Projects


Pittsburg Indoor Facility


Railroad Maintenance


Orizon Sign Project


Kansas Crossings Casino

Our story is one rooted in an unwavering commitment to the people who work for our company, who in turn have a sincere focus on providing customers with superior solutions that help their businesses develop.


….I am impressed with the way your employees handled this project from the beginning…. The job was completed in a professional manner and the sign is operating perfectly. The training on the software to operate the sign has been very helpful and the on-going weekly webinar training will help us learn even more ways to make use of our sign….

Scott Jackson
Executive Director
Spring River Mental Health & Wellness


While I had been interested in solar power for some time, I just figured the cost was going to be too much.  However, the financial analysis provided by CDL helped me realize it was an investment with good returns.  Between the tax refund, the net metering returns and the reasonable payback time, it was an easy decision.

Jim Triplett
Pittsburg State University


Over the years, I’ve always used CDL for electric, but I recently learned they do so much more! Now they do all my maintenance with HVAC, security, plumbing and even help with our sign installations.

Lance Sayler
Arrowhead Outdoor