Established in 1925 by Ellsworth Harper, Sanford Electric Company has been a mainstay in the community for nearly a century, but its service-oriented approach is as refreshing as ever.
During the Roaring ‘20s, the business originally sold household appliances and provided electrical contracting repairs and services. It was operated by three generations of Harpers until they sold the company in 2010. For new owner Jim DePoy, who has been with Sanford Electric since 1982, it’s business as usual.
Jim and his staff of professionally trained technicians take pride in the quality of their work and are respected for providing top-notch electrical contracting services at reasonable prices. In fact, many children and grandchildren of past customers continue to seek out the company’s services today.
“The transition in 2010 was smooth because we were already running operations and had a strong clientele in place,” says Jim, who started at Sanford Electric as an electrician and got his contractor’s license in 2000. “The company has been part of the community for a long time, and we have generational customers. Our goal is to continue to focus on customer service and quality work.”
The company provides both residential and commercial services including repairs, renovations, new construction, and commercial upgrades. Clients range from large management companies, homebuilders, and private businesses to individual homeowners.
“Anything electrically related, we can do,” says Lisa Sullivan, vice president in charge of financial management. “We take pride in the idea that we can complete a project from start to finish and provide great service for people. We find solutions to problems, and we strive for customer satisfaction.”
Being in Sanford all these years has created a sense of family and community for the entire staff, who currently represent 65 combined years of loyal service to the company and the region. Jim loves being around what he calls his “professional and personable staff.”
In 2014, Sanford Electric moved its headquarters to Commerce Drive in Sanford because it needed more space.
“It’s a more industrial environment, which is perfect for our warehouse and fleet of trucks,” says Lisa.
For Jim, building relationships based on trust – whether with a homeowner, business owner or other contractors – provides him with the most satisfaction. That, and the work itself.
“There’s an aesthetic quality to what we do,” Jim says. “We all enjoy making things viable and establishing long-term relationships with clients based on the quality of our work.”