IEC Oregon was originally created as Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon Association (IECO) in 1978 by a group of several contractors who saw a need for a collective voice for open-shop electrical contractors and a mechanism for training the industry's future workers. Founding incorporators included John Beck, Burch Judson, William Engelman, R.G. Adams, Virgil Viner and Louis Allen.
The association saw great struggles in its early days as it battled to create an apprenticeship program for the industry. Their efforts were met with great resistance, however they ultimately prevailed. From there IECO grew, adding members and apprentices steadily throughout the 1980's. In those days the work of the association was divided among members.
In 1990 the IECO Board of Directors saw the need to add staff to run the growing organization. In that year the association hired its first executive director, followed by more staff and new apprenticeship programs. Membership surpassed 100 contractors, and IECO became IEC Oregon to align its name more closely with the national association.
The 1990's also brought the organization a variety of new member benefits. New group discounts for insurance and education added value to members businesses. These included discounted health insurance programs, workers compensation insurance, and property and casualty insurance.
In March 2015, IEC Oregon hired its sixth executive director, Cindy Regier. The association has added a variety of new programs including continuing education classes for journey-level personnel, promotional advertising, safety and business management training, employment application service, shared worker program, and several committees to assist in running the association.
The future for IEC Oregon is very bright.