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Lo, it was good

image L-R: Joel (vice president) and Ron Turney (owner) of Turney Lighting & Electrical

SAN ANTONIO - Turney Lighting & Electric hasn’t been around since the beginning even though it may seem like it.







    Ron and Debbie Turney started their company out in the oil fields area of Midland in 1983, dealing in only ceiling fans at that time. “I’ve installed 8,000 to 10,000 ceiling fans,” Turney said.
    Soon after the Turneys started their company, however, the oil industry hit a bust, so they packed up the kids and moved to San Antonio.  
    “A big bulk of our business is with developers,” Turney said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have worked with a lot of good builders over the years, a lot of good guys,” he added.
    Son Joel is Turney Lighting & Electrical’s vice president and IT guru.  The Taft High School graduate started working in the family shop when he was a senior enrolled in the work-study program. He runs the electrical division out of Helotes. Joel’s wife Liz is the company treasurer. “It’s family owned and operated with a lot of good people,” Turney said.
    “We are a full-blown electrical contractor,” he explained. They run eight trucks daily.
    “We buy direct from the manufacturer,” Turney said, so there is no middle man, which makes them “very competitive” in price.
     Turney Lighting & Electrical is also registered with CPS as a solar panel installer. “We jumped on board with that,” Joel said, of the opportunity in 1999. Joel is also a member of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
    Turney has seen repeat customers who have bought from him even 20 years ago.  When that happens, “You love hearing that,” Turney said. “That’s gratifying.”
    “It all boils down to customer service,” Turney said. “If you don’t have it or strive for it every day, you won’t be around like we have for 36 years.”    
    What began in 1983 is still going strong. And, lo - that is very good.
    Turney Lighting & Electrical is a showroom and electrical contractor in San Antonio. -dsz

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Dan Zulli dan@constructionnews.net