• Our History

    1943

    Jay Holmes was working for Puget Power and had volunteered to teach electricity classes to military personnel. Jay saw great potential in one of his pupils, Gene Richards. The two decided they would go into business together after the war.

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    1945

    Jay and Gene became partners and started Holmes Electric. The company’s humble beginnings were in the basement of Jay and Karmen’s Renton home.

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    1946

    Holmes Electric outgrew its modest basement office and moved to a storefront in Renton.

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    1950

    During the post-war expansion of the 1950s, Holmes was selling and installing the latest “high technology” appliances, which included stoves and refrigerators. People needed new wiring for their new electronic devices, and Holmes became the area leader in electrical services.

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    1956

    Business continued to grow, and Holmes electricians were wiring at least one house a day, in addition to selling and installing appliances.

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    1960

    Developers in the Kent Valley needed wiring for their warehouses and Holmes transitioned from residential work to a focus on commercial construction.

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    1969

    As Holmes Electric continued to expand with the area’s growth, the company moved to a larger facility at 1415 Seneca, in Renton.

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    1979

    Offering commercial electric services throughout Puget Sound, Holmes Electric outgrew its quarters and built a new building at 1422 Raymond in Renton, WA.

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    1984

    Recognizing the growth of telecommunications and data services, Holmes Communications was established to fill the need for structured wiring to the growing computer industry.

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    1996

    Holmes Electric joint ventured with Burke Electric to wire their first high-rise tower project, the prestigious Two Union Square building in downtown Seattle.

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    2005

    Holmes celebrate its first 60 years in business. Jeray Holmes retires. Mike Holmes and Mike Richards continue the tradition.

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    2008

    Holmes relocates to a new, larger facility in Kent, Washington.  The Kent office space allows for more project pre-planning, training and collaboration.  Warehouse and production operations move to Tukwila.  The new pre-fabrication and staging facility increases nearly 3-fold and improved process to more readily meet the growth demands of the organization. 

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    2016

    Holmes Electric is celebrating 70 years of Wired Right by supporting one of the largest construction booms that the Pacific Northwest has ever experienced. Thank you to all of our fantastic employees and construction partners for making this all possible.

For 70 years, we’ve been making sure that Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is Wired Right™. As a 3rd generation family-owned business, we’re indebted to everyone who has played a role, large or small, in the Holmes Electric story, and we’re thrilled to continue innovating and creating success for our customers. Come celebrate our 70th anniversary with us in 2016!