Welcome to Radley Electric, Inc.

From the small seedling planted by our founder Ernest Radley in 1945, his commitment to Christian values, his vision, struggles and his hard work, our family business has flourished.

Our goal is to give the best 24-hour oil, commercial and industrial services to Southeast Texas and its surrounding areas. Radley Electric, Inc. is dedicated to providing a safe, stable and professional work environment for our employees.

HISTORY

The history of Radley Electric, Inc. begins with its founder, Ernest Elmer Radley. Always the hard-working and honest-dealing man with a big smile, Ernie—as he was called by his siblings and close friends—never met a stranger and never failed to help anyone in need. Ernie carried his good nature into all aspects of his life and was always willing to provide work or a loan of his hard-earned money to folks in need, regardless of ethnic background.

Ernie's career began when he was a young man. Filled with self-determination and drive, he learned electrical work while helping his father, Jess Radley, who was a carpenter and a builder of churches before skill saws or laser levels were invented. In the early 1920s electricity was a relatively new convenience, and as a young man, Ernest was hired by Gulf Sates Utilities Company as a helper in a line crew building power lines throughout east and central Texas. He observed the linemen as they went about working at the lofty heights of ninety-foot tall power poles, studying the tools they used and their climbing techniques. During lunch breaks, he would strap a pair of borrowed climbing hooks on his bare feet and practice going up a few feet and back down. The line boss watched his efforts and promised him a pair of work boots if he could climb to the top of the pole and back down without falling. Ernie proved up to the test and when the lunch break was over, the boss honored his promise. Soon afterward one of the linemen was dismissed and Ernie filled the man’s place on the poles.

In later years, Ernie was elevated to District Electrician of the Liberty District, serving Raywood, Daisetta, Hull and Batson and eventually transferred to serve Sour Lake, Nome, China, Batson and Saratoga. In those days GSU performed free maintenance for oilfield and residential customers. Free appliance repairs was also a standard service. When he was done reading meters and chasing power outages, he repaired toasters, electric skillets and clothing irons that had been left at his office, or he made house calls to repair refrigerators and electric ranges in homes. In 1943 after fourteen years of service with GSU, Ernie moved on to WWII shipyard electrical work as a Master Electrician, and in 1945 he settled his family in Sour Lake to found his own company, Radley Electric.

Radley Electric’s work initially consisted of local oilfield electrical and residential repairs, employing Wallace Cooper as his first electrician to help with conduit and wiring on the first major job in 1946 at Nome Rice Dryer. Cooper had initially planned to work only for a short while to help with the contract job, but continued working with Radley Electric until his retirement. Ernest's four sons, Charley, Howard, Rhea, and Glen, all worked for their father at some point, beginning a tradition of the family-owned and family-operated business that Radley Electric, Inc. still is today. Howard eventually purchased the company from Ernest when he retired in 1967. His sons, Donnie, Terry and Joe, and his son-in-law Guy Gatewood have all been involved in the progress of Radley Electric in the past, with Terry assuming ownership in 2001.

Terry continues to serve as the President of the company, ensuring the same philosophies as his father and grandfather: honesty in business and a caring relationship with employees and the community. Radley Electric, Inc. is dedicated to providing dependable and quality service to its clients, now offering oilfield electrical construction and maintenance, including power line construction, instrumentation, PLC control design and automation, installation and repairs for production, refinery, and gas facilities, now with a staff of over 60 employees.

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