Batavia Electric Supply Gets a New Addition
In 2000, Batavia Electric Supply expanded their brick & mortar store. They remodeled the original building and added a 3,300 square foot expansion. It took a little over 3 months to finish, and when completed, it allowed Batavia Electric to have more inventory on display and to showcase their light fixtures.
In an article published by a local newspaper during the renovation, Shirley and Steve mentioned they started Batavia Electric because they wanted to eliminate excess travel for local contractors. "We're bursting at the seams," said Shirley, referring to the much needed operating space for Batavia Electric.
Celebrating 50 Years as a Family Business
In 2007, Batavia Electric celebrated their 40th year of business. By this point, several of Stephen and Shirley's children worked at Batavia Electric and contributed to the company's success. Shortly after the 40th anniversary, Shirley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease but she continued to have a part in the business. In November of 2011, Shirley lost her battle to Parkinson's disease.
After Shirley's passing, Stephen spent every day at the business. He was very heavily involved with the day-to-day operations. I particularly remember him being at Batavia Electric when it was, what felt like, 100 degrees out and it did not slow him down. He had the most amazing love for the business, they both did. In March of 2014, Stephen passed away.
Stephen and Shirley's children continued to support their parents' dream by keeping the business alive. They are proud to celebrate Batavia Electric Supply's 50th anniversary this May.