Evers Electric Company Incorporated
Randy Evers, now president of Evers Electric Company Incorporated (Evers Electric), entered college after high school and pursued a degree in engineering. In his third year of school, he ran out of money and decided to work for a few months and return to school. By chance he got a job with an electrical contractor.
In no time, Randy was hooked on the electrical trade; he enrolled in a four-year apprenticeship school and continued working. Randy decided not to return to college, but became a journeyman electrician and later a master electrician. During this time, he also became an instructor in the apprenticeship school. Randy worked as an electrician for over 15 years and had an opportunity to join two friends, who were electricians; the trio began their own electrical contracting business.
“There are three ways to really get to know a person,” says Randy. “You can marry them, you can have a major financial transaction with them or you can go into business with them.”
Randy has experienced all three; the marriage has worked out fine for over 43 years. “Yes, my wife Emily, and I have gotten to know each other very well,” Randy says. “Some of the financial transactions and the business partnership did not work out as well as the marriage, though.”
Randy left that partnership in 1982 and formed Evers Electric. He was the sole owner, the only electrician and the guy who swept out the office. Emily was previously an accountant for a major oil company. With two young children, she managed to take care of the family, maintain her demanding accounting job and handle all the office work for the company. The office work was done at the kitchen table and usually after midnight.
A growing portfolio
Today, Evers Electric is a growing business serving customers in five states. The main office is in El Dorado, Ark. Randy also has satellite offices in Camden and Smackover, Ark., as well as Vicksburg, Miss., and Mansfield, La. The company employs 116 people, all of whom are dedicated to performing safe and competitive work.
Over the 31 years of business, Evers Electric has a clientele of major paper mills, refineries, chemical plants, wood products mills, railroads and pipeline companies. The company works for International Paper Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad, Martin Operators, General Electric Corp., Entergy, several Arkansas electric cooperative utilities, Enterprise Products (the former Texas Eastern Pipeline Corp.), Weyerhauser Corp., El Dorado Chemical Corp. and Delek Corporation, to name a few.
The company has worked for many of said customers for over 20 years. Randy is quick to note that repeat business is important to the company. “Quality service and competitive pricing are a must to a continuing relationship with our customers,” he says.
Randy attributes part of the company’s success to being able to provide a variety of services to customers. “We are skilled in providing the installation and maintenance for industrial customers in the areas of pole line work, fiber-optics, data, instrumentation, infrared scanning, underground wiring, oil field work and storm-related emergencies,” he details. “Being available on a 24/7 basis is also a help in maintaining your customers. With over 75 vehicles from service trucks to pole line trucks and 116 employees, we can respond to our customers’ needs immediately.”
Randy goes on to explain that the company maintains a full-time safety director. “We have weekly safety meetings and our electricians are in safety training classes,” he continues. “Evers Electric recently received a safety award from the Safety Council of East Texas for Five Years of Zero Incidents. That is significant for a construction company with over 100 employees.”
The company employs six estimators to provide prompt quotes to customers, as well. Randy’s once accountant-wife, is now the secretary-treasurer with four other ladies assisting her in the office.
With such a broad range of challenging work, Randy has a team he can count on. “We have some of the best employees in the business,” he says proudly. “We attribute that to providing top pay, benefits that include medical insurance for the employees and their families, paid vacations up to four weeks, paid holidays, sick pay and paid time off for funerals and other personal needs. We provide a matching 401(k) program. We provide fire-retardant uniforms for our men and most of our journeymen have company trucks for travel to and from work.”
According to Randy, Evers Electric provides a family atmosphere for its employees. “We have Christmas parties, birthday parties and other employee functions that our employees enjoy,” he details. Randy also has an open-door policy. “Any employee can meet with me and share their work needs, as well as their personal needs,” he continues. “Harmony between the employees is also a job that I personally take to task.”
Above all else, Randy has a strong faith in God. “Every morning, since the first Day 31 years ago, I have a brief bible study and prayer time with my men before work begins,” he says proudly. Randy gives most of the credit for the business’ success to God’s blessings.
It is evident that Randy and his team have built a strong business; the company leaves a lasting impression on its customers. “Evers Electric’s only advertising is a Yellow Page ad in the local phone book,” he says. “Our advertising comes from our customers. When they are satisfied, they tell others.” With a continued dedication to safety, professionalism and performance, Evers Electric Company Incorporated is a growing force in the southern region for industrial customers.
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