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Our History

Bryant-Durham was founded in 1960 and incorporated in 1961. Headquartered in western Durham, NC, Bryant-Durham operates in nine states and faithfully services a large portion of the Southeast. An ever-growing company, Bryant-Durham is a full-service specialist for electrical, HVAC and refrigeration needs.

In the late 1960’s, Bryant-Durham was purchased by two of its loyal employees—Mr. Robert Shackleford and Mr. James Beasley. Together, these two gentlemen began a partnership that would guide and strengthen the company through five decades in the electrical, and HVAC markets. Their strong leadership, personal integrity, and business acumen combine to create a powerhouse of service.

Today, Bryant-Durham is the largest electrical contractor in the Triangle area and is among the fifty largest privately held companies in the state of North Carolina. Bryant-Durham has grown into a company of highly-trained, experienced, and knowledgeable employees who provide an enormous array of services and products to their customers. As a team of people who love their work, Bryant-Durham knows that “success” means excellent service, every time.

James Beasley

Mr. James E. Beasley was one of the original employees for Bryant-Durham Electric when it was established in 1960. However, it was not long before his technical expertise as a master electrician and his quick thinking as a general superintendent made him invaluable to the company. Today, Mr. Beasley serves as the Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board and with his leadership the company has grown from employing a few dozen to over 400 full time employees. Directing Bryant-Durham Electric through five decades of growth and maturation is an honorable challenge – a challenge that Mr. Beasley meets head on, guided by his years of experience and his natural business savvy. His tremendous work ethic and dedication to his customers make him a steady leader that his employees can respect and admire.

Mr. Beasley is personally licensed as an electrical contractor in seven of the Southeastern United States, and he is faithful in maintaining high standards of education in his trade. Serving on numerous boards and committees within the community from area community college advisory boards to industry advisory committees, as well as his position as the Chairman of the NC Electrical Apprenticeship Contest Committee, Mr. Beasley has given countless hours of his time to the industry. This involvement greatly benefits his customers, as he networks with other companies and continually grows and improves Bryant-Durham Electric. A Southern gentleman who is dedicated to his community, Mr. Beasley founded Durham Careers In Construction in 1999, a program that focuses on educating school-age children about potential careers and the skill and craft of working in the construction and service industries.

Robert Shackleford

Robert Shackleford’s experience in the electrical industry started in 1952 with his father’s electrical company while in high school. After graduating from Gaston College, he joined Bryant-Durham as an estimator and project manager. His years of real-world knowledge served as an excellent foundation when he became President and majority owner along with Mr. James Beasley and the company began to grow and prosper. Today, under Mr. Shackleford’s leadership, Bryant-Durham has become not only the largest electrical contractor in the Triangle, but it is also ranked in the top 10 in the Southeast. Bryant-Durham along with being recognized as a leader in its industry has the distinction of being ranked in the top 50 privately held companies in the Triangle area.

Mr. Shackleford serves on several industry boards including Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) and Carolinas Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) and was one of the founders of the Associated Builders Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas. Mr. Shackleford holds an Unlimited Electrical License in several states. Through his dedication and leadership, Bryant-Durham is regularly honored with numerous safety awards from the AGC, CECA, DOL as well as being the recipient of the prestigious AGC Pinnacle Award in both 1997 and 2004.

Mr. Shackleford loves to succeed in serving his customers, and has a commitment to doing things right the first time. His years of experience in marketing and administration give him a unique perspective on how to tailor service at Bryant-Durham to exceed expectations.