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.

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    EECO founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    EECO opens Richmond, Virginia location.

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    EECO opens their Augusta, Georgia location in 1935.

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

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    EECO opens business in Laurinburg, N.C.

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    Augusta branch moves to Greene St.

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

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    South Hill, VA location opens for business.

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    Franklin, VA location opens for business

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    EECO becomes the Rockwell Automation distributor for the Virginia APR.

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    Greensboro, NC location opens for business.

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    Norfolk, VA location opens for business.

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    Fredericksburg, VA location opens for business.

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    Winchester, VA location opens for business

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    Columbia, SC location opens for business.

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    T. Jackson (Jack) Lawson appointed CEO.

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    Greensboro moves branch to International Drive.

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    Winchester moves to West Wyck Street.

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    Newport News, VA location opens for business.

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    Newport News, VA Service Center opens.

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    Lynchburg, VA location opens for business.

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    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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