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Electrical Contractor Credits Its Business Model for Powering 100 Years of Growth


Laurel, Md. — March 12, 2018 — Hawkins Electric Service, Inc., the award-winning family-owned regional electrical contracting firm that helped pioneer the introduction of electrical service in the Washington, D.C. area, announces that it is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2018.

In 1918, at a time when fewer than 35 percent of U.S. homes had electricity, Jay C. “Pop” Hawkins saw an opportunity. Capitalizing on his knack for electrical wiring, Hawkins started riding his bicycle through his hometown of Riverdale, Maryland to install and repair electrical wiring. He built a reputation for treating people like he wanted to be treated and for doing every job right. “Pop” Hawkins laid a foundation and set the business model for an electrical services firm that is still thriving a century later.

Today, brothers Eric Shatzer and Todd Shatzer are second-generation owners and leaders of Hawkins Electric, which was acquired by their father, a longtime Hawkins employee, in the 1970s. Hawkins Electric has grown to be a leading regional commercial and residential electrical contractor known for its award-winning work on multifamily electrical construction projects. The company’s expansion strategy over the past decade has resulted in a doubling of revenue, tripling of facility space and tripling the number of employees.

Commenting on the company’s growth, President/CEO Eric Shatzer says, “Through successive generations of leadership our company has maintained its edge in electrical service technology. Just as important, we have stayed true to our legacy core business model of providing world-class customer service and, most of all, always doing the right thing.”

Hawkins Electric is heavily involved in the region’s commercial and multifamily industry, participating and having leadership roles in such organizations as the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA), Institute of Real Estate Managers (IREM), Property Management Association (PMA), Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). The company has earned multiple industry awards for safety and excellence.

Says Executive Vice President Todd Shatzer, “We’ve been asked by some of our colleagues how we have stayed in business for a century. I think it’s in our corporate DNA—we hire people who share our passion for what we do and we have built and nurtured trusting relationships with our industry partners. We are confident that this business model will carry us through the next 100 years.” 

About Hawkins Electric Services

Hawkins Electric Service, Inc. provides electrical installation, construction and preventative maintenance services to the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Northern Virginia metropolitan region. Project types include multifamily construction and service, commercial construction and service, residential installation and service, and commercial green energy technology. Since 1918, the Hawkins Electric team has built a foundation for repeat business through technical excellence, outstanding customer service and the commitment to always do the right thing. 

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