When we started the process of building our house, we tried to be very careful in selecting an electrical contractor to install all of our electrical wiring as well as lighting but we fell victim to JAM not being able to follow through with their contractual obligations. Here is our story.
In December of 2022, we started by providing $16,275 as half of the contract to get started. In the following weeks, we started seeing the prefacer of the problems to come. The first indication was that their license to operate in our county had expired and there was a month delay to have them get the issue worked out so they could even apply for a permit.
To further delay us, they decided to switch from a unionized shop to a non-unionized shop. At that point, all of their employees were either fired or quit. This meant that they did not have enough employees to cover the contract work that was already signed.
After they got the permit issued about 2 months later, it was then expected to have crews come out to first install the underground electrical conduit. Upon further investigation, they were sending their crews to only their commercial job sites. That stems from not having enough manpower to do the work.
Once the shell of the house was ready for electrical to come onsite, we had to basically beg them to send a crew out to get the work done. Now comes the next issue. The crew that they were sending to our job site was inexperienced and there was no supervision from JAM to guide them on proper installation to pass inspections. Then after the crew had caused unnecessary damage to the structure of our house over a period of 8 weeks with us contacting them about sending out a supervisor, the owner, Jason Abbott, said that he would come out personally to oversee the completion to pass inspection. We saw him out there 1 day with a crew so this gave us a glimmer of hope but it was short lived because Jason went on a week vacation the next day and we then saw only 1 guy showing up again.
We had to send a letter calling for manpower or we were going to terminate the contract. This obviously pissed Jason off based on discussions with the workers. The next day there was a full crew again and then the following day they went back to redirecting their crew to a different job site even though one guy showed up and was then told he was not supposed to be there.
After a little more than 2 months of the continued lack of manpower, we had to send a letter of termination of the contract due to multiple failed attempts to get manpower onsite to finish the job. Not too long after that, we were contacted by the supplier for JAM that they have not paid their bill for the supplies since 4 months prior. Upon further talks with the supplier, they mentioned that all of their contracts with REXEL (their supplier) had not been paid.
We are now forced to pursue legal action against JAM as I am sure we are not going to be the only ones. REXEL stated that they have closed their account due to lack of payment.
If we were able to see this coming, we would have required a joint check agreement but now we are stuck dealing with this corrupt and disrespectful company which may end up closing but if you see Jason Abbott's name on any new companies, beware as he is only out to collect money and not pay his bills.
I hope this helps guide the public away from them as the outcome of business with them will not be what you hoped for.
Added photos of out of code workmanship
Thank you Steve for for sharing just your side, you forgot to include that the plans were missing key information, we 99% completed the rough in and sadly you terminated our contract because you didn’t like the price for the multiple change orders you wanted me to do, as for payment you only made a deposit we provided the install and I am not paying for materials in which you did not pay me for