Founded in 1953
Howard C. Robinson opened his electrical contracting business, H.C. Robinson Electrical Contractor, in 1953, based on a vision and philosophy: “Do a good job for a fair price, and you will have more work than you can handle.” Initially operating out of his garage, he quickly made a name for his business by following his vision and always ensuring customers were satisfied.
In the early days, Robinson’s business focused mainly on additions, remodels and rewiring of homes throughout the Delta. Before long, they became one of the top electrical contractors in the Delta, known throughout the region for operating an honest, customer-focused business.
Howard’s son David joined the company in 1974 when he moved back to Cleveland after a brief stint with an electrical distributor in Jackson.
After running the company for 33 years, Howard retired in 1986, leaving the business to David and his brother Mark, who incorporated the company and changed the name to Robinson Electric Company, Inc.
Our Guiding Principles
During the 1990s, David’s wife Kathy, his daughter Heather and his son Brian joined the company as it transformed from its original Mom & Pop business to a multi-faceted electrical contracting firm.
David retired from the company in 2021, handing the reins to his son, Brian who leads the company into its third generation today.
Much has changed over the decades. What started in Howard’s garage, doing mostly residential work, has grown into a multi-state contracting firm serving industrial, commercial, agricultural, and institutional customers all while maintaining its roots as a full-service electrical provider.
But one thing has not changed, Robinson Electric still operates under Howard’s vision when founding the company in 1953, “Do a good job, for a fair price and you will have more work than you can handle.”
- The first three decades see Robinson Electric firmly established as a dependable, high-quality electrical contractor
- After 33 years on the job, Howard Robinson retires and David, his son, takes over management and incorporates the company
The Delta Ice Storm
- Recovery work transforms Robinson Electric from a “mom and pop” service business to a well-known company practically overnight
- A new middle school in Greenwood, Mississippi, is our first major public project
- Brian Robinson joins the Robinson Electric team and our employment doubles to 16 crew members
- We complete our first project for an institute of higher learning and our first major industrial project
- Brian Robinson trades in his truck and hard hat for an office, and the company reaches the milestone of 50 team members
- Brian Robinson becomes president, Roger Parker becomes vice president and we hire our first project manager
- Following Hurricane Katrina, Robinson Electric spends two years doing disaster relief work on the Gulf Coast
- Robinson Electric becomes licensed in four states: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee
- The B. B. King Museum becomes our first major museum project
- Trent Harrison joins the team as VP of sales/ projects, we develop a residential generator market and agricultural projects become a big part of our business
- Robinson Electric launches a new corporate identity
- We take on our second major museum project, the GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi
- Robinson Electric completes two major projects, another facility for Milwaukee Tool and the new Greenwood Church of God
- David Robinson retires, completing the passing of the baton to Brian Robinson, the third generation to lead the company