NECA would like to congratulate ECM for being named in WA Business News' Rising Stars for 2012. The awards recognise and celebrate the top 10 fast-growing, private companies in Western Australia.

ECM is all about growing people and keeping them: their employment record is strong evidence that this strategy is working.

Three years ago, ECM employed 110 full time staff. Today that figure is over 500. In the same time period, revenue has nearly trebled.

CEO Simon Higgins believes that by strategically aiming for growth, companies can keep their best people while diversifying their operations.

"You have to grow to continue to challenge the people you have groomed to help you grow," he said.

"We have a mixture of youth, exuberance and experience," he said.

In 2010, ECM diversified into the structural, mechanical and piping sector by purchasing Press Construction Group in Kwinana. Mr Higgins said that this expansion was not done in haste, but rather was a result of ECM knowing its market, allowing the company to better recognise opportunities as they arose.

ECM is committed to the improvement of its staff and Mr Higgins speaks proudly of a 29-year-old Project Manager based in Port Headland who is overseeing a major contract and 200 staff.

Mr Higgins said this is possible through ECM's talent identification program, which actively seeks people who have the potential to work their way up through the company and gives them the training and opportunities to do so.

It was this way of thinking that led ECM to engage Indigenous Training Australia in an effort to employ more Aboriginal people, a group which is relatively under-represented in the electrical industry.

ECM is also expanding into industrial services such as maintenance, to prepare for a possible slown-down in the construction boom in the future.

NECA would like to congratulate ADCO Electrics who were also named a Rising Star for 2012.

NECA News WA June/July 2012