• Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(800) 345-3017
18119 State Highway 371
Brainerd, Minnesota

How It All Started

National Conductor opened its doors in 1977, and since has become one of the top High Voltage Construction Companies in the industry. With a team of professional employees whose combined knowledge exceeds 400 years of experience, National Conductor has completed over 1000 high voltage projects. These projects consist of:

  • Substations
  • Switchyards
  • Wind Farm Collector Systems
  • Bus & Wire Systems
  • Static Var Systems
  • Isolated Phase Bus Duct Installation (IPB)
  • Isolated Phase Bus Duct Maintenance and Inspection

    National Conductor History

    Scott Zahn the founder of NCC was brought into the industry of High Voltage construction by his father Marvin, Marvin worked as a heavy equipment operator clearing countless miles of transmission line in northern Minnesota. As a young man Scott started out as a groundman assisting lineman in many of their different tasks from setting poles to stringing power line. After working on his first substation Scott saw the demand for aluminum welders in the substation arena, and decided it was time to learn to weld himself. After learning to weld and working as a welder for hire, National Conductor was officially born in 1977.

    Scott purchased his first TIG welding machine and truck to begin traveling from substation to substation welding aluminum bus for the local electrical contractors building substations in the Midwest. Once he had a foothold in the industry he worked his way into other facets of substation construction. This endeavor started by having his crews set the steel structures and high voltage equipment, then eventually handling all the electrical aspects from installing conduit to the installation and terminating of control and power cable. Enabling him to offer turn-key projects to his clients.

    National Conductor’s foundation has been aluminum welding since the beginning. This skill set led us into Turbine Isolated Phase Bus Duct installation in the late 1980’s. Scott being the visionary that he is, made contact to many of the power plants that he commonly constructed substations at and inquired about how the Isolated Phase Bus Duct was installed. What he learned was this also was an aluminum bus duct that runs from the main generators to the step-up transformers outside the plant. Up to this point 99% of the power plants in the US had their Isolated Phase Bus Duct installed by either the manufacture or plant employees.

    Seeing the possibility’s and already having immense experience in aluminum welding and bus fabrication. Scott jumped at the opportunity to take on a new arena of work. This is when the Power Plant Division of NCC was created. NCC was the first in the industry to be an installation contractor of Isolated Phase Bus Duct outside of manufactures and plant employees and in doing so he took the power plant industry by storm. Scott and his team worked their way from the IPB manufactures to the power plants across the country promoting their new division and the services provided. This division of our company had quickly become very reputable and most notably early on got the opportunity to replace the Isolated Phase Bus Duct on the Hoover Dam which was a great achievement.

    In closing NCC was built on three simple values: Honesty, Quality, and Safety. Living and conducting business by those values is what has helped Scott and his team hold their place as the top contractor in this industry.

    Why National Conductor

    We have traveled nationwide building substations, switchyards, static var and wind farm collector systems for more than four decades. Together our field crews with our project support staff have the structure and skills to complete your project safely, as specified, within budget, and on time. Our stringent policies, procedures, and workmanship is what keeps us successful year after year. Our clients are our business and in that we take great pride.

    Our team

    We have 80 core employees all averaging from 10 to 30 years of experience in the industry. This group of employees consist of Substation Techs, Journeyman Lineman, Operators, Groundman, and Certified TIG Welders who are members of the IBEW. Our employees are the reason why we can deliver excellence from project to project and are able to maintain our ever-growing rate of success. We have the capabilities and resources to respond to any emergency outage needs within the US in a timely matter.

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    Our Certifications

    We are currently licensed and/or registered in 38 states.