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April 24, 2015
Davco Celebrates 30 Years in Business
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Davco Electrical Contractors Corp.
Celebrating 30 Years in Business
April 24th, 2015
As Davco Electrical Contractors Corp. commemorates 30 years in business, we recall humble beginnings and marked growth success.
Jamie Starkins, Davco’s first employee, remembers the early days. “Who would’ve thought 30 years later we would still be here doing business the same way”, he says with a smile. He recalls a time when co-owner Sonna Collins delivered several ladders tied on the roof of her Monte Carlo to a job site. Well, maybe a little has changed.
Jaime has served in several roles over the course of his Davco career- from service electrician to receptionist, warehouse manager, and where he now hangs his hat as an estimator. “Every next job we got was our biggest yet. We just kept on growing”, he shares.
Joe Goater Sr. is Davco’s longest standing employee. Since 1989, he’s watched the fleet grow from 5 trucks to over 100. The expansion of the company led to several office and warehouse moves that Joe oversaw over the years for the purpose of seeking more space. Joe tells us that the growth of Davco was astounding to him. “It surpassed my imagination, and I think what anybody else expected, too” he says.
Owner and qualifier B. David Collins Jr. answers some questions surrounding the 30 year milestone.
Over the past 30 years, what would you say has changed and what has not changed in the industry?
Advancement in technology over time has been the biggest change. What I still say today when asked what we do is this- we’re in the pipe and wire business. That has never changed.
How does Davco foster long-term client relationships?
Being fair and honest is what it’s really all about. This has always been our corporate philosophy.
What are the keys to Davco’s success?
Honesty, hard work and taking care of business. Our employees- past and present- are our biggest asset and the heart of the company. Continuing education is always being pursued and helps us all grow. Vistage International, a community of CEO’s pursuing excellence in leadership, has also helped me immensely.
We always adapt through the ups and downs of business and come out on the other side surviving.
What has been your biggest motivator over these years?
I wanted to build an enduring business, and a place where people find careers- not just a job. I’ve also always wanted to acquire long standing clients instead of one time customers.
What would you consider Davco’s biggest success or achievement to be?
Continued growth and security. In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying. Not to say there aren’t trials to overcome, but the attitude of ‘adapt and survive’ remains.
What are your goals for the next 30 years?
To have an established, enduring company that succeeds without me far after I’m gone.
It’s safe to say that if the past 30 years are any indicator of Davco’s resilience, work ethic and determination, Mr. Collins’ long term goal will surely be realized.
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