ETTI History

Founder - James W. KellyFounder – James W. Kelly

Enterprises Trenchless Technologies was founded by James W. Kelly in 1995, who has been involved with electrical contracting, high voltage overhead and underground utility work, and general construction for over 44 years.

His son, Scott Kelly, has been responsible for the company’s operations since 1996.

scott-kelly President – Scott W. Kelly – has 25 years of experience in the utility / construction industry. His expertise includes all aspects of the directional drilling field, estimation and utility construction. Scott has completed over 3,000 bores in the past 18 years. Scott is also the founder of the “Northeast Trenchless Association” and sits on the board of directors for Venture Maine.
steve-barker Controller – Steve Barker – With over 28 years’ experience (including 10 in the construction industry), Steve brings a vast knowledge and understanding to the ETTI team. Steve graduated with an MBA from Husson College in Portland, Maine.


ETTI Timeline

1995 Jim Kelly’s original vision and development of ETTI
1996 ETTI has two employees; 42 installations totaling 6,100’ of pipe are completed using employees’ own equipment
1997 ETTI buys first truck, a pre-owned vehicle out of Canada
1998 NEUCO agrees to give ETTI all its HDD work; 50% of work is done in MA and NH
1999 Third full-time employee is hired
2000 ETTI is a finalist for Trenchless Technology Magazine’s Trenchless Project of the Year; 4020 drill is purchased; ETTI does its longest drill of 750’; a fourth employee is hired
2001 Sales have increased 400% since 1996
2002 Longest drill doubles to 1,250’ (two runs of 8’ pipe)
2003 ETTI receives first Build Maine award from AGC; fifth employee is hired
2004 Sales double from 2002
2005 Sixth employee is hired; first 8020 drill is purchased; total equipment value reaches $1M
2006 Natural gas division begins; ETTI receives second Build Maine award
2007 ETTI has doubled in size, 13 full-time employees, since 2005
2008 First Vermeer drill is purchased; ETTI moves to a new 24,000 sq. ft. facility
2009 ETTI has largest sales year since 1996
2010 ETTI has first safety seminar with 400 people; 8,000’ of pipe are installed to connect Freeport and Pownal, Maine, with natural gas; an employee Wellness Program is implemented featuring a gym at the ETTI facility; third Build Maine award is received
2011 Fourth Build Maine award is received
2012 250,000 work hours without a lost time injury is reached; ETTI is one of 12 companies nominated for National Contractor of the Year by Equipment World Magazine and Caterpiller Equipment.
2013 ETTI is awarded Contractor of the Year by Equipment World Magazine and Caterpiller Equipment
2014 Fifth Build Maine award is received; ETTI reaches 450,000 work hours with no lost time injury; the company has grown to 50 employees
2016 ETTI becomes part of Centuri Construction Group; ETTI is included on Best Places to Work in Maine list