Basin Electric: A Family Tradition
Basin Electric was founded in 1950 by Theron Gamblin. Shortly thereafter in 1951, O.D. Schoolcraft and his teenage son Charles began their careers with the upstart company. In 1952, Charles left Basin Electric to serve his country in the Korean War. Twelve years later, Charles' younger brothers, Mike and Eddie Schoolcraft, began their careers with the company. They worked with the company until they too left to serve their country in 1965 during the Vietnam War. Upon being released from duty in 1968, Eddie promptly returned to Basin Electric. Eight years after returning to the company Eddie and his wife Carolyn purchased Basin Electric from Mr. Gamblin in 1976. It was in that same year that Eldon Schoolcraft (Eddie's nephew and Charles' son) began his apprenticeship at Basin Electric. Twelve years later Eldon and his wife Shelia purchased Basin Electric from his uncle Eddie in 1988. In 1993, Louis Schoolcraft, (Eldon's uncle and O.D.'s fourth son) came to work at Basin Electric, becoming the sixth Schoolcraft in three generations to do so. Then in 1994, upon his "retirement," Charles returned to work at Basin, and remains a part of the Basin family to this day.
Since 1951, four generations of Schoolcraft's have been a part of the Basin Electric family. However, the Gamblin and Schoolcraft families are not the only families responsible for the success and legacy of the company. Basin Electric continues to serve many of the same families and businesses Mr. Gamblin served in the 1950s.
Over the years, Basin Electric's employees and their families have played an essential role in the growth of the company. In 1950, Basin Electric began with only six employees. In the depths of the economic downturn of the mid 80s, when many others were going out of business, Basin continued on with only three employees. Today, Basin Electric is a family of over sixty employees.
More recently, in 2014, Basin Electric took a step into the future by merging with a local technology company, Just Macs, owned by Henry Greer. Upon acquiring Just Macs, Basin Electric became Basin Electric & Technology, becoming "West Texas' Only Fully - Integrated Electric & Technology solution".
Basin Electric has been deeply rooted in West Texas for four generations and now as Basin Electric & Technology, the company is poised to offer the same great service West Texans have always known- now for generations to come!