The Beginning

It was 1926. Thomas Edison was still working in his shop in Menlo Park; movies (still silent) featured Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, and William S. Hart; the country was driving the Model T and dancing the Charleston.

The world was eight years past “The War to End All Wars”, and Adolph Hitler was still only in charge of a small group of bullies and hoodlums. The tungsten filament lamp was still an innovation; “talkies” wouldn’t be introduced for another year; and a young, vibrant nation was building a new world for itself using abundant, inexpensive power as electrification began its inexorable march across the American landscape.

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“The Beginning” by former CEO, Jack Lawson

History of EECO
It was 1926, and four men came together to realize an idea; a vision that became a reality in Raleigh, NC, with the founding of Electrical Equipment Company (EECO)… Read the entire article “The Beginning,” written by our former CEO, Jack Lawson.

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  • Jack Lawson announces retirement. Mark Holmes named President and CEO.

  • EECO founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • EECO opens Richmond, Virginia location.

  • EECO opens their Augusta, Georgia location in 1935.

  • EECO expands business from motor sales and repair to full-line electrical distribution.

  • EECO opens business in Laurinburg, N.C.

  • Augusta branch moves to Greene St.

  • EECO becomes an Eaton distributor in GA, SC, NC, and VA.

  • South Hill, VA location opens for business.

  • Franklin, VA location opens for business

  • EECO becomes the Rockwell Automation distributor for the Virginia APR.

  • Greensboro, NC location opens for business.

  • Norfolk, VA location opens for business.

  • Fredericksburg, VA location opens for business.

  • Winchester, VA location opens for business

  • Columbia, SC location opens for business.

  • T. Jackson (Jack) Lawson appointed CEO.

  • Greensboro moves branch to International Drive.

  • Winchester moves to West Wyck Street.

  • Newport News, VA location opens for business.

  • Newport News, VA Service Center opens.

  • Lynchburg, VA location opens for business.

  • EECO becomes one of the largest Rockwell Automation distributors in the nation after Williams Supply becomes a wholly owned EECO subsidiary with locations in Harrisonburg, Martinsville, Roanoke, Salem and Wytheville.

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