Company History

Austin Electric Company was established in 1936 as an electrical contractor serving the Tidewater area. A family business that prides itself on customer satisfaction and the quality of work it provides has given us the understanding over these many years what is required to be successful in our industry.

NewsarticleOur company started out as a residential and light commercial contractor that has completed a wide range of projects throughout the 40’s and 50’s. One project of record was completed in 1938 installing outside lighting on the Customs Building in downtown Norfolk, Va. on Main Street a building that still remains today.
The company grew to focus as a commercial-industrial electrical contractor throughout the 1960’s, completing numerous projects associated with hospitals and other related medical centers, banking facilities, offices, and shopping centers. The work we completed during this decade broadened our experience to include fire alarms, security systems and new generator back-up emergency systems.

The 1970’s and 80’s added additional new aspects to our work including electrical installation associated with bridges, tunnels, and traffic signaling. Our company also performed on more federal contracts with work involving overhead and underground electrical distribution systems as well as underground communications work.

The late 80’s and early 90’s found us completing more specialized electrical installations such as hazardous fueling management systems, runway lighting, and historical renovations.

The last 15 years have brought new challenges and expanded our services as we are now completing more automated systems, fiber optics and specialized systems as well. The new age of electrical energy savings ideas that are now being incorporated in our industry has led the company into completing the new LEED certified buildings which incorporates energy saving systems that includes solar and wind power as well as automated electrical and mechanical systems to reduce the use of wasted energy.