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Currently celebrating 40

image Co-founder Victor Jury, Sr. poses in front of Summit Electrical Supply’s first location in Albuquerque in 1977.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - On Aug. 15, 1977, Victor Jury Sr., David Meredith and Victor Jury Jr. opened the doors of their first Summit Electric Supply service center. Located in a terra cotta-brown brick building, it was not unlike the color of the surrounding Albuquerque landscape. Inside, five employees were ready to help the customers they hoped would come through the doors.



    Came they did. The new company finished that first year with nearly a half million in revenue, cleared $2 million and opened a second location by 1979 and moved its headquarters to a new location in 1980.
    Seven years later, Summit opened its first Texas location in Dallas, originally naming it Sierra Electric Supply before rechristening it Summit Electric Supply (it has since relocated to Irving). In just a decade, the company had grown to 76 associates in three locations and was pulling in $15.7 million in sales. The move to Texas proved to be a wise choice, and Victor Jury, Sr. relocated to Fort Worth and established a service center there the next year. At his retirement in 1990, Victor Jury Jr. took over as president and CEO, with Meredith retiring in 1999. 
    Summit Electric Supply now employs more than 600 associates in 25 locations in five states, 15 of which are in Texas: Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Clute, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Irving, LaPorte, Midland, San Antonio, Victoria and Waco. It also operates a service center in Dubai, UAE and has divisions dedicated to marine, EP&C and international sales.
    As the company celebrates its 40th anniversary, Victor Jury Jr. looks back at the journey he can only describe as “amazing.”
    “We opened Summit with a small business administration loan and five people, three of which were my dad, Mr. Meridith and myself,” Victor Jury says. “From that day forward, the foundation of our business has been our core values and our commitment to providing every customer with truly outstanding service. Our people deliver on our promises day-in, day-out. We’ve built one of the best teams in the industry and I’m proud to be a part of the success we’ve achieved together.”
    Additionally, Todd Bockenfeld, District Vice President, North Texas said, “It is exciting to experience such a significant milestone. Summit’s core vision of customer service remains in place and is a testament to the original vision of Summit’s founders. We are looking forward to continuing to serve our customers and expand our reach with an eye towards the future while celebrating the previous 40 years.”
    Summit Electric Supply is an indepen-dent electrical distributor serving local contractors and multinational corpora-tions, offering over 1.8 million products from more than 1500 manufacturers. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net