Pepper Rutland is the founder, President, and CEO of MMR Group.

MMR is a highly regarded electrical and instrumentation firm based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pepper Rutland is extremely proud of the diverse range of skills possessed by the MMR Group staff.

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Pepper Rutland’s journey began at Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Construction Technology & Engineering in 1972. He also played football for the LSU Tigers and was a member of the All Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Team in 1972. Pepper was also a member and Vice President of the National Construction Scholastic Society, Sigma Lambda Chi. He takes pride in being a member of the first graduating class from LSU’s Construction Technology program, which is now called the Construction Management program.


Pepper Rutland founded MMR Group in 1991 and the company has been building on a tradition of success through its dedication to excellence in electrical and instrumentation construction, maintenance and technical services since day one. In fact, Engineering News-Record (ENR) consistently places MMR Group at the top of its list of speciality contractors in the nation. Additionally, ENR of Texas and Louisiana gave MMR Group the title of Specialty Contractor of the Year. This honor was given largely due to MMR’s impressive 132% increase in revenue from 2011 and 2012.


After 27 years of exemplary growth, MMR Group is now the United States’ largest, privately-owned merit shop electrical and instrumentation contractor. MMR Group is based in Baton-Rouge, Louisiana, but continues to expand throughout the country as well as internationally with over 25 branch offices.


Throughout the years, MMR Group has been recognized for several outstanding achievements for its excellence in service, quality and safety. In 2017, MMR was rated sixth in the country for the second consecutive year on ENR’s Specialty Contractors list. MMR Group was also awarded the 2017 Craft Workforce Development Award by the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance for its Craft Training Program and was named an “Accredited Assessment Center” and “Accredited Training Sponsor” by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Recently, Pepper Rutland attended the 2022 Business Awards Hall, which included a special video tribute to Pepper’s life and legacy, highlighting his upbringing in the Capital City. Later that evening he was recognized by Business Report and Junior Achievement at the 2022 Business Awards Hall of Fame Gala for his contributions in leading the MMR Group, one of the most notable privately-owned electrical and instrumentation contractors in the country. Rutland’s passion of business spirit have without a doubt shaped the industrial construction industry and provided thousands of careers for families across the globe. 

One may wonder what it is that sets MMR Group apart from the rest. Pepper Rutland attributes much of MMR’s success to the wide range of clients it serves. From oil and gas to chemical/petrochemical, and from industrial manufacturing to power generation, MMR Group works with people in a vast range of markets. MMR Group provides a wide range of services:

  • Electrical Construction
  • Instrumentation Installation & Technical Services
  • Panel Fabrication
  • Safety Services & Products
  • Communications Networking & Security Integration
  • Power Distribution
  • Commissioning & Start-up Assistance
  • Telecomm & Security Systems
  • Mission Critical Construction

Pepper is an active philanthropist and the majority of his time and effort goes into donating to his alma mater, LSU. LSU still holds a special place in Peppers life. He is an active board member of LSU’s Charles McClendon Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship gives children of former LSU student athletes the financial means to receive an education. Pepper Rutland is also a member of the LSU Construction Management program and speaks at various events to promote the organization.


Recently, Pepper was honored by the University for his generous donations to the school. His contributions of over one million dollars were highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony and the naming of a gate at Tiger Stadium. The former student athlete enjoys giving University students opportunities to ensure that they have bright futures ahead of them.


Additionally, Pepper’s professional success have resulted in MMR Group being inducted into the LSU College of Engineering’s Society for Engineering Excellence for their generous donations to the program. The donations have been extremely instrumental in developing and furthering the education of LSU’s engineering students. LSU has been able to create several engineering and computer laboratories within the newly-constructed College of Engineering building. The donations have allowed the department to give its students access to more advanced technology that includes a 3D building simulator and information modeling studio, and an advanced materials and methods laboratory. In addition to substantial donations, MMR Group also provides opportunities for LSU student athletes and students majoring in construction management to develop their skills through summer jobs and internship programs.


While Pepper’s philanthropic efforts have benefited his alma mater, he is also very active in donating to his community. His contributions to national organizations like United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Red Cross and the Special Olympics do not go unnoticed.


Pepper is also a founding member of the Miracle League at Cypress Mounds. The non-profit organization provides opportunities to children with disabilities the chance to play baseball and experience what it means to be a teammate. Everyone is always a winner and the founding members of the league believe that just because a child has a disability does not mean that they are not able to do the activities they love. The Miracle League hosts a new league each spring and fall and has seen rapid growth in the number of players as well as the number of volunteers each season.


Pepper Rutland, also known as James B. Rutland, has also published writing with the Wiley Law Library and Aspatore Books. He brings zeal to everything he does and works to built his company. Pepper Rutland himself is licensed in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in the following categories:
Building Construction; Heavy Construction; Municipal & Public Works Construction

Speciality: Instrumentation and Calibration; Electrical Work; Mechanical Work

Specialty: Power Plants


Today, Pepper gives back in more ways that one. As an avid blogger, Rutland utilizes content marketing to offer real information to his blog readers. Through continual education and research, he ensures that his blogs are accurate, informative, and interesting. Topics covered include TedTalks, How to Choose A Charity, and more.


Contact Pepper Rutland to learn more about MMR Group, his philanthropic efforts and LSU.

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