About Us

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Although there have been many exciting inventions that have shaped the course of the electrical industry, none has been more significant than Thomas Edison's incandescent candle (light bulb) in 1879.

Fourteen years later, Thomas Edison unveiled his new invention to the world in Chicago, Illinois at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. That summer, Mr. Edison and a crew of several hundred men constructed a network of over 92,000 incandescent lamps that lit up the mid-western night and brightened the shores of Lake Michigan. Working with Thomas Edison that evening was a young Irish Immigrant named Samuel Suffrin Garvin. Like many immigrants in the late 1800's Sam had left the poverty of his homeland to seek prosperity in the United States.

Sam Garvin experimented with many of Mr. Edison's inventions first hand and soon decided to pursue a career in the electrical industry by establishing his own company. Three years later, Sam Garvin & Company was known by many as Chicago's premier electrical manufacturer and regional expert in wiring homes and businesses for electric power.

While a youthful Sam Garvin & Co. had to stock only a few hundred electrical components at the turn of the century to satisfy his clientele, today Garvin Industries manufactures and stocks thousands of items to meet modern electrical needs nationwide. But we still retain that small-family-business spirit serving both local and national distributors with the care and concern that has allowed us to thrive for well over a century.

At GarvinIndustries.com, our goal is to become your primary supplier of commercial, industrial, and residential electrical supplies. We base our success on three key areas: a quality product, factory direct pricing, and a friendly, knowledgeable sales staff that understands your business needs. In pursuit of this, we have expanded to two facilities across the country in order to help you, our customer, get shipments on time and in full regardless of your location.