1952 – Cooper Electric begins operations as the North Carolina Division of White Electric Co. of Atlanta, GA.
1954 – Joe Cooper, then division manager, purchases the Company, and incorporates it as Cooper Electrical Construction Company. The primary markets are industrial and commercial, including design / build. Cooper Electric establishes customers throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.
1969 – H. B. (Bud) Brown joins the Company. Bud, an electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, had been a field engineer for Square D for twelve years prior to joining Cooper.
1982 – Mr. Cooper retires, selling half of the Company to Bud Brown.
1986 – Barry Brown, son of Bud Brown, joins the business. Barry has an electrical engineering degree from Georgia Tech. For five years he was a senior design engineer at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL.In 1987 Barry received his professional engineers license.
1988 – Bud becomes the sole owner of Cooper Electric.
1990 – Joe Young, son-in-law to Bud Brown, joins Cooper. Joe has an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and worked seven years for Weidmuller, Inc., a manufacturer of electrical and electronic control interface devices. In 1999, Joe received his professional engineer’s license.
1996 – Cooper establishes the Instrumentation Construction Division and quickly establish a presence in the market with major projects in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, air-separation, gas transmission, and food processing. We routinely handle multi-million dollar electrical / instrumentation projects, as well as maintenance contracts.
1999 – Bud Brown becomes Chairman/CEO and Barry Brown becomes President of the Company. In addition to design/build and management of large projects, Barry handles day-to-day corporate management. Joe Young becomes Vice President. In addition to design / build and project management responsibilities, Joe handles business development and oversees safety and IT.
2003 – Bud Brown retires, selling his remaining shares of Company to Barry (majority shareholder), and Joe.
2004 – Cooper establishes the Instrumentation Services Division. The group is dedicated to performing a full range of instrument services including calibrations, installation, repair, and start up assistance.
2006 – Cooper establishes the Water & Waste Water Division, performing large and small electrical and instrumentation construction projects in this market throughout North Carolina and Virginia.
2011 – Jim Albertson, VP of Field Operations, a long-term employee as Barry’s ‘field general’ and a cornerstone of Cooper’s management, passes on after a valiant battle with cancer. Cooper takes the decision to systemize and codify its procedures and processes and retains an industry-experienced CPA/CVA/MS Taxation (law) as CFO-GM. Joe Young relinquishes his shares in the Company and pursues interests elsewhere. Cooper becomes solely-owned by Barry Brown, President/Owner.
2012 – Beverly Brown joins the Company as Chairperson and CEO. Cooper ownership is restructured as a woman-owned business enterprise and is HUB certified by the North Carolina Department of Adminstration . A Raleigh sales and management office is opened to support the heavy workload in this regional area.
2013 – The Company’s Calibration Division (CICS) achieves the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation – A2LA – acredited designation and becomes compliant with the Quality Management Standard ISO/IEC 17025, achieving the industry’s highest standards for reliability of calibration standards, procedures and technicians.
2014 – Cooper opens a regional office in Greenville, South Carolina, to support the industrial growth in the state and capitalize on recent successes achieved by the SC team.
Cooper remains a closely held family business, averaging $40 plus million in revenues in design/build electrical, plan/spec electrical and instrumentation projects. Cooper has three licensed professional engineers, thirteen project managers/estimators, twenty-eight experienced field supervisors and a rich tradition of quality, value and professional service.