About MEI

Years of Legacy
& Growing


Since 1999

Alex Meruelo, a community-minded entrepreneur based in Southern California, entered the growing utility construction industry through the 1999 acquisition of Riverside, California-based Herman Weissker, Inc. (est. 1959). The following year, Meruelo doubled his portfolio with Doty Bros. Construction Company (est. 1935) in Norwalk, California, going on to acquire complementary companies throughout the 2000s, including Tidwell Excavating (est. 1959) based in Ventura, Neal Electric (est. 1986) in San Diego and Select Electric (est. 1974) in San Diego. Coming full circle, company leadership launched HW Power in 2017 to focus on electrical overhead line construction.

Since 1999, the MEI family of companies was created, each with its own distinct brand and specialties, offering an array of diversified construction services while leading the way as a coalition of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality of construction series to our clients by upholding our strong family and entrepreneurial culture and leading with our years of experience and trusted excellence in safety.

Vision Statement

To be a preferred and trusted partner by delivering exceptional services in every market our companies serve through our core values.

MEI Core Values


Our companies value the safety of our people, our customers and the public as our highest priority.


From management to the field, the MEI family of companies takes pride in delivering on our commitments and in the fair and honest treatment of our employees, our vendors and our customers.


Our family of companies take pride in delivering quality products and a commitment to service excellence. We achieve these objectives through adhering to “best-in-class” quality objectives and execution in the field.


MEI companies value a diverse workforce in creating an environment of respect and inclusion for all employees that in turn solidifies the overall effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the company and our project teams.


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SoCal Gas Company


Southern California Gas Company

This project is the relocation of approximately 1,500’ of 36” gas pipeline. The project was located on Benson Ave. overpass of the 60-freeway in Chino, CA. The existing pipeline was installed within the bridge casing and was planned to be installed by a horizontal directional bore (HDD) under the 60-freeway to limit the impact of the freeway. The project included coordinating with Caltrans, different cities and various property/commercial owners as the project progressed through the various stages (i.e., excavation, fabrication, boring under the freeway, installing the pipeline, backfilling, and final paving).

  • Location: Chino, CA
  • Timeline: January 2020 to July 2020
  • Construction Methods: Horizontal Directional Bore
  • Customer: Southern California Gas Company




The San Clemente Project

The San Clemente project includes installing a complete new Traffic Signal system at Camino Vera Cruz & Costa, and a Traffic Signal Modification at Camino Vera Cruz & Calle Sarmentoso which includes new poles, and an upgraded cabinet modification. There are also 3 other existing locations that will have new Controller Cabinet modifications as well, installing the latest ITS Controllers, and new equipment with the latest communication technology to improve traffic flow.

These improvements generate a positive benefit for the community by improving drive times and create a safer environment for San Clemente drivers.




VA Hospital Project

This property is a hospital annex for Veterans Affairs that will be used in conjunction with the main La Jolla campus.

The new outpatient clinic will let the VA increase its primary care, mental health and specialty care services to veterans. 


+/-138,000 SF Hospital Annex

  • Existing cash vault for Bank of America that is to be repurposed
  • Building will be expanded from its current footprint to accommodate VA needs
  • Complete façade remodel of existing building
  • Building interior completely replaced including all infrastructure and upgraded to VA standards