Bruce & Merrilees Keeps Its Youthful Energy

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Seventy years ago, J. Howard Bruce returned to New Castle, Pa., after spending the previous four years helping to repair damaged warships anchored at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. Bruce, employed by the U.S. military in 1944 as a civilian electrician and assigned to Hawaii, adjusted to the postwar world by plying his trade as a private contractor. In 1948, an opportunity presented itself through J.P. Merrilees, at that time the owner of Merrilees Electric, an applia

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