Founded in 1960 as B&D Electric Service in Washington, Indiana by Frank Dant and Nelson Brashier, the early years were spent in the motor repair shop and oil fields, and then expanded into commercial and industrial wiring.
Nelson worked as an electrician at the Naval Base in Crane, Indiana and then later went to Commonwealth Electric in Washington, Indiana where Frank was employed. In 1960, when Commonwealth Electric closed its doors, the two formed a partnership. In 1971, the company became incorporated. We have been a member of Local 16 International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW) of Evansville, Indiana and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) since 1972.
The commercial and industrial contracting was a needed profession in the area and the business progressed well. Some of the earliest projects were: Southside Elementary School (now Griffith Elementary), Sunset Towers (now Washington Towers), Pike Central Schools, Washington Post Office, Jasper Schools, and Prairie Nursing Home. We are especially proud of the 138KV Power Station on Cosby Road in Washington, Indiana when Washington went to public service power and eliminated the Eastside Park Power Plant.
Shortly after starting the wiring business, we started bidding federal government projects on the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC/NSA) in Crane, Indiana and have completed many, many projects over the decades and we remain there today over 50 years later.
Nelson retired in 1981, with Frank purchasing his shares and continuing the electrical contracting business and also the motor repair shop. Frank and Nelson built the business on excellence, dependability, safety, integrity and honesty. B&D Electric, Inc. has never failed to complete a project and has never been in litigation in respect to work performed.
In 2002, Greg Hauser and Tony Blessinger, long time employees and Journeyman Wiremen Superintendents, purchased the company. Frank continued to work in the motor repair shop and as a mentor until his passing. Tony and Greg handle and supervise all the contracting, from estimating a project to performing the work to closing out the project with the help of a very competent and valuable crew. The values of the company have not changed and we continue to have a strong presence as a successful industrial and electrical contractor in Southern Indiana and surrounding areas.
Company Status: Small Business Concern Incorporated in 1971 in State of Indiana Current No. of All Employees: 14 Member of Local 16 IBEW, Evansville, IN and NECA, Evansville, IN No. of Years in Business: 57 Bonding: Smith-Manus Agency of Louisville, Kentucky Organizations: Local 16 IBEW of Evansville, IN NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee) of Evansville, IN Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS# 00-701-0788) Better Business Bureau Daviess County, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Indiana Sheriffs’ Association