Our History

1928

Founded by Raymond Starr, Starr Electric Company began as a one-man operation in a small office on North Green Street in Greensboro, N.C. From its humble beginnings, the company endured and grew through the Depression era.

 

1940

Raymond Starr's brothers John W. (J.W.) and Roy joined the company. Starr Electric began honing its focus on the electrical contracting work we are known for today and continued to build and expand upon the firmly established foundations of the company.

 

1940-1948

Starr Electric company was working for the military at Fort Bragg and building radar sites all along the east coast including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia. Some of which are still in operation today.

 

1953

Starr Electric Company completed Moses Cone Hospital, the first ever completed by the company. Since that time, Starr Electric Company has worked on every hospital campus throughout the Carolinas and continues to do so today.

 

1968

Starr Electric Company completed their First Life Science Project ever for Burroughs Wellcome. The project was a Bio-Chemical Plant.

 

1978

Starr Electric Company Completed its first center modern day Data Center for Nations Bank which at the time was called a "Computer Room Wiring Job" since the term Data Center and Mission Critical had not been evolved yet.

As the seventies wound down, a changing of the guard ensured that Starr Electric's position as a leader in our industry would continue and remain strong. John D. Starr was promoted to President when Joe Guill retired after 33 years of service to the company. Al Kennedy was elected vice president, and as the new decade began, sales surpassed the $12 million mark. With a longstanding reputation for excellent service, Starr Electric had established a firm hold on the electrical contracting market

 

1980

Long time friend, leader and revolutionary, J.W. Starr passed away leaving the company in the hands of his son John D. Starr (pictured right) to maintain, revenue exceeded the $20 Million mark for the first time ever.

 

1984

John Starr single handedly led the charge to build CECA, Carolinas Electrical Contractors Association which promotes and supports the use of Merit Shop Contractors through the Carolinas which continues to support the Carolinas being a right to work state.

 

1995

Starr Electric acquired a major interest in SECON, an electrical contractor in Fayetteville, N.C. managed by Don Harrison. This expansion led Starr Electric to being a major force in Fayetteville at Fort Bragg.

 

1996

Starr Electric company acquired IND-COM Electric and merged the existing office with IND-COM's operation. First project for the new acquisition, was the NFL's Bank of America Stadium home of the Carolinas Panthers which was a design build project.

 

1999

Starr Electric Company put a permanent office in Raleigh, North Carolina to meet the demands of the growing economy and the company. Since then, Starr Electric Company has built World Class Facilities in the vertical markets of Healthcare, Data Centers, Life Science, Higher Education and Technology.

 

2000

Starr Electric Company started the Autocad Design Department which is now Starr Electric's Virtual Design Department. Since 2000, we have used Virtual design on over 150 projects totaling over 8,000,000 sf in a plethora of vertical markets.

 

2005

Starr Electric Company expanded again into the Columbia, South Carolina Market with the award of the new Lexington Hospital Expansion which was over 600,000 sf of new Patient Tower, Operating Rooms and Central Energy Plant. The Columbia, South Carolina Office has been a driving force in South Carolina through various vertical markets.

 

2008

Starr Electric Created the Hargett Academy a training entity within the company to manage and promote all aspects of training and safety. This academy is the only NCCER accredited training units in the Carolinas by a Electrical Contractor. The Hargett Academy has set the new standard for OSHA, NFPA-70E Training for our company, our contractors and our clients. Furthermore the Hargett Academy Standards have been rolled out in numerous community college programs across the Carolinas. The Hargett Academy was named after Phil Hargett who was President from 2003-2010 who promoted "Excellence in All We Do". Starr Electric Company was named Subcontractor of the Year by the Association of General Contractors for the third time in 6 years.

 

2009

Starr Electric Company completed the first ever Energy Star rated data center in the country for Network Appliance in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Starr Electric has been involved with over 120 various sized Data Centers in the Carolinas.

 

2010

Starr Electric Company completed the 1.5M sf. LEED Platinum Duke Energy Tower in Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, which was awarded "Smartest Building in the World" by Siemens Technology. This was also the First LEED Platinum Office Tower in the United States under LEED 2.0. Starr has constructed the most LEED Certified Projects in the Carolinas since its implementation. This same year Starr Electric Company was awarded the National Design Build Institute of America's (DBIA) Best Project of the Year for Randolph Memorial Hospital Project in Asheboro, North Carolina.

 

2011

Starr Electric Company moved into a new Vertical Market of Offsite Construction. The market allows us the build complete data centers, central energy plants, electrical rooms and skid technology and ship the product anywhere in the world for even a greater geographic footprint. This technology allows owners and general contractors to schedule time and job costs to maximum return on investment.

 

2012

Starr Electric Company was selected to build world's most technological and greenest brewery for Sierra Nevada's New East Coast operations which was the catalysts for the craft beer revolution in the Carolinas. The same year Starr Electric Company was recognized on a national platform by winning its first ever National Eagle Award for Wexford's Biotechnology Place, a 300,000 sf. privatized project that spurred growth in the piedmont region of the Carolinas during the recession, blending science and entrepreneurs.

 

Late 2012

Starr Electric Company expanded into Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina with the acquisition of Hayes & Lunsford Electrical Contractors. The acquisition would make Starr Electric Company strategically located in 7 major cities throughout the Carolinas with reach into Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.

 

2014

John D. Starr, CEO of Starr Electric Company was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society in North Carolina by Governor, Pat McCrory. This is the highest award a civilian can be awarded, membership into this exclusive society is based on what the nominee has done in the betterment of the Old North State throughout their life.

 

2015

11 Years Starr Electric Veteran, Harley Garrison was promoted to Chief Executive Officer to the lead the company into the next generation of the electrical construction industry.

 

Today

Starr Electric Company remains a well-established leader in the construction industry with an reputation for excellence and unwavering customer service. With a talented and diverse management team in place, Starr Electric continues to thrive as a privately owned company with stockholders consisting of family and key employees. Starr Electric upholds its original promise from 1928 to always provide the highest quality of work and service to the community and to the customer.

Though Starr Electric was founded and remains headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company is licensed in eight states throughout the Southeast.