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.

01. Our Vision

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.

02. Our Mission

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.

03. Our Value

CDL values hard work by our talented employees and we always attempt to follow these principals with our customers and each other: Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect & Teamwork.

04. Expanding Goal

Our future includes growth…. not for growth’s sake…. but to continue to provide solutions for our customers. Our tremendous growth over the last few years has been due to satisfying the needs of our customers. CDL will continue to provide solutions that benefit our customer’s business and livlihoods.

CDL has continued to grow since 1964, but significantly in recent years. The addition of more service divisions has been a result of meeting the growing needs of our customers. This timeline will help visualize the positive growth in CDL’s history.

One of Pittsburg’s fastest growing companies. Staff expansion from 85 to 320 in the last three years.  Offices in Pittsburg, Parsons, Ft. Scott, Nevada and Joplin


S&S Electric Started


Railroad Services


Change name to CDL Electric


Heating and Air


Emergency / Storm Sirens


Generators Commercial Signs


Security Systems / Ft. Scott


Nevada Office


Horizontal Boring Parsons Office


Emergency Radios Plumbing




Joplin Office