Lowry Electric Company: 100-Year History Based Upon Honesty, Transparency

May 3, 2024|

Lowry was founded in 1921 by Wendell Lowry. Based out of Sauget, Ill., Lowry started as a residential contractor but quickly expanded into the industrial electrical sector after landing work at the Monsanto Plant in Sauget. Lowry expanded its industrial and commercial electrical capabilities in the 1930s by working for clients such as Mobil Oil, Phillips Pipeline, Cerro Copper, Amax Zinc, Ober Nester Glass, Granite City Steel, Sterling Steel and Moss Tie.

In 1961, Wendell Lowry passed away and Lowry was sold to John Freidli, who was an employee of Lowry for 25 years. Lowry changed hands again in 1975 when Oliver Hartman, a Lowry project manager, purchased it from John Freidli. In 1987, Hartman sold the company to his son, Robert.

In 1999, Wegman Electric Company purchased Lowry because of the similarities in the companies and to gain market share further south in Madison County and St. Clair County, Ill.  Wegman hired Gary Bland in 1999 to manage Lowry’s operations. Wegman’s market was primarily in Alton and Wood River, in both the commercial and industrial electrical sectors. The purchase allowed the companies to share resources and expertise and to leverage those assets to expand operations in their respective geographic markets.

In 2018, Wegman Electric Company and Lowry Electric Company were both acquired by GRP Mechanical Company, Inc. and both companies merged with GRP; the combined company merged as GRP WEGMAN Company. Lowry Electric Company still operates under its name because of the incredible reputation it has built in the St. Louis metropolitan area, but it is part of the GRP WEGMAN family – giving it expanded support and resources to better serve its customers. The present-day operations of Lowry Electric Company are led by Bland, Ammann and Thomas DeClue III. Lowry has had strong growth and incredible success over the past 20 years, serving customers in medical, manufacturing, education, distribution, retail, chemical and municipal markets with most of these markets continuing to have strong demand for electrical services. The firm also has vast knowledge in solar installations and sees this as a major area for growth in the short and long term. Regardless of its growth or success, Lowry holds to its core values of honesty, transparency, accuracy, quality, creativity, efficiency and professionalism in everything it touches.



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