J.F. Electric Incorporated accepted the 2016 Business of the Year award at this morning’s Economic Forecast Breakfast at the Wildey Theatre. With numerous business owners and city staff in attendance, J.F. Electric was recognized for its efforts and successes over the past year.
Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton presented the award and said after the business located its headquarters to Edwardsville, both the business and the city have grown exponentially.
“J.F. Electric traces its roots back to 1925. A father-owned company, a contracting firm established by James E. Fowler in St. Louis, Missouri. Under the leadership of James’ son Charles R. Fowler, the company expanded and diversified, redoubling its efforts in the southern Illinois market. In 1969, current chairman James C. Fowler, son of Charles, purchased the electric division from his father, founding J.F. incorporated with headquarters in Edwardsville, Illinois. Under James’ leadership, the company expanded dramatically to meet growing demand for commercial, industrial and utility construction. The father family tradition of strong leadership and commitment to quality will continue for generations to come,” Patton said.
“It is my pleasure to present the award for J.F. Electric for their investment in the city of Edwardsville. The city is extremely grateful for J.F. and a key business partner in our community,” he added.
Jonathan Fowler, of J.F. Electric, accepted the award on behalf of his grandfather, Jim Fowler, chairman of the J.F. Electric Incorporated Board. The company provides a variety of services, including electrical design and construction services to utility, commercial, industrial and communications customers while also offering transmission and distribution line construction, design and build, special systems installations, and more.
Fowler said after his grandfather set his sights on the Edwardsville area, the business continued to grow.
“(My grandfather) saw the potential that this city had. Great geographical location, great leadership and eagerness to grow. He thought that this would be a great place to grow as a business and he was right. Ever since then our goal has been to create connections and deliver value in all aspects of business. We seek not only to establish great relationships with our customers, but also to create interactions with the community itself. Our relationships drive our business and continue to remind us why we need business in Edwardsville,” Fowler said.
J.F. Electric has contributed to sponsoring local events, donating funds to the city and also supplying power to its customers.
Fowler said he hopes the J.F. Electric continues to prosper and wishes the best for the other surrounding local businesses as well.
“The relationships between Edwardsville and the businesses that reside here is an important one. Edwardsville is a greater place because of the businesses that are here and the businesses are greater because of the support the community provides. It’s an environment that works for the benefit of everyone that lives and works here in Edwardsville. I truly believe that there has never been a greater time to live and work here in the city. As a lifelong resident, I have seen the community grow and the opportunities flourish. We are currently working on a number of projects here in the city of Edwardsville and see many more on the horizon,” he said.
“We will continue to do our part in bringing more business and people to the city of Edwardsville…we hope others will follow,” he added.
For more information about J.F. Electric Incorporated, visit the company’s website at jfelectric.com.