Mike Klockenga joined Progressive Electric in 2006 as its President and owner. Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Illinois State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Nebraska and Illinois, and also holds an Electrical Contractor’s License in Nebraska.
Mike is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors), the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, the International Facilities Management Association, the Better Business Bureau, The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Kearney Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the Nebraska Diplomats. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Electrical Department for Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus.
Prior to joining Progressive Electric, Mike had a successful 25 year career in Facilities Engineering, Construction and Maintenance, and Operations Management with several Fortune 500 manufacturing companies.
Early in his career Mike was a Project Engineer, Maintenance Supervisor, and Process Engineer for PPG Industries at an insulated window fabrication plant. He was responsible for designing, installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining factory automation systems. While at PPG Mike received two U.S. Patents for his inventions that improved the window fabrication process.
He later joined Caterpillar where he served as a Staff Engineer and Supervising Engineer in the Facilities Engineering Department at its three million square foot Worldwide Parts Distribution Center. He was responsible for electrical and mechanical facilities design, construction, and maintenance. In this role he worked extensively with outside contractors on construction and maintenance projects.
Mike joined Sundstrand Aerospace, the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft electric power generating systems, in 1985 as Manager of Plant Engineering with responsibility for design, construction, and maintenance for ten manufacturing and office facilities totaling two million square feet. He supervised a staff of fifteen engineers and planners, and served as the Owners Representative for multiple renovation and new construction projects, including a 100,000 square foot addition to the final assembly and test plant that was completed on time and under budget.
While at Sundstrand, he was promoted to the position of Plant Manager, with responsibility for manufacturing plants in York, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado.
Mike went on to become the Vice President of Operations for Stanley Mechanics tools where he was responsible for product design engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing, and distribution at eight locations in the U.S.A, Canada, and Europe.