Our Story

Our Story

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Burkett Industries is comprised of two divisions. The Burkett Lightning Rod Company is the oldest division having been founded in 1870 by Joel Burkett. The Burkett Lightning Rod Company (BLR) manufactured and installed lightning protection systems.

At one time BLR manufactured everything required for their lightning protection systems using their own foundry and cable machines located in their facility in Fremont, Ohio. Joel Burkett passed the business on to his son, Byron Burkett; the second generation of Burketts to run the company. Byron and his employees manufactured their lightning protection products during the winter months.

The second division of Burkett Industries, which was called Bud Burkett Electric, was formed by Wendell Burkett just prior to World War II. As the name implies, the primary business was residential, agricultural, and commercial electrical wiring. This division became, and still is, the primary business of the company today.

The Burkett Lightning Rod Company and Bud Burkett Electric merged in 1963 and took the name Burkett Industries Inc.

Today’s Generation

Today, the company is known as Burkett Industries Inc., Electrical Contractors and is headed by Dick Burkett and Jay Hensley the third and fifth generation of Burketts to run the company. Jay Hensley and his team run the day to day operations of the family business. Burkett Industries Inc., Electrical Contractors offers a wide variety of services. Please explore our web page to see the services we have available. The key to our success is our attention to craftsmanship and detail. Our commitment to quality and customer service sets us apart from our competition.

Our Team: Generations of Excellence

Dick Burkett, President

Dick is the third generation of the Burkett family to run the company and currently the sitting President of the corporation. He was born in Fremont, Ohio, graduated from Fremont Ross High. Dick’s business knowledge and experience are priceless.

Jay Hensley, Electrician, COO & Corporate Secretary

Jay has been with the company since 1982 and is the current Chief Operations Officer of Burkett Industries Inc., Electrical Contractors. Jay is the fifth generation of the Burkett family to run the company. He was born in Fremont, Ohio. He carries and maintains the Ohio Electrical Contracting License for the company. He also is licensed in commercial fire alarm installation. Jay’s leadership and dedication to the company and customers goes above and beyond.

Scott McNair, Electrician & Field Manager

Scott has been with Burkett Industries since 1999. After completing Burkett Industries’ apprenticeship program, he is at the Electrical Journeyman’s level and is licensed in fire alarm installation. He brings a sense of pride, skill and leadership to the company.

Kevin Mikolajczyk, Electrician

Kevin has been with Burkett Industries since 2013. He graduated from Ross High School and Vanguard Tech Center and is licensed in fire alarm installation. He brings knowledge and technical skill. When Kevin isn’t working at Burkett Industries, he serves the community as a volunteer firefighter.

Matt Butzier, Electrician

Matt has been with Burkett Industries since 2011. He graduated from Fremont Ross High School and entered the company with both electrical and business experience. He displays company pride as a team player, working diligently to please the customers.

Arik Webb, Electrician

Arik has been with Burkett Industries since 2017. He graduated from Gibsonburg High School and Vanguard Tech Center. Arik has also completed the Terra Community College Electrical Power and Controls Program. He brings knowledge and technical skill. When Arik is not working at Burkett Industries, he serves the Gibsonburg community as a volunteer firefighter.

Theresa Hensley, Office Manager

Theresa came to the company in 2014 when the office restructured. She entered the company with 31 years of business and customer service skills. She graduated from SJCC, Barbizon School of Fashion Merchandising and Fremont School of Cosmetology. She organizes and coordinates all office administrative duties and office procedures at Burkett Industries.

 

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