Taylor Electric Company – History

Since 1922 Taylor Electric Company has been "A Name You Can Trust" in Chicago.  Founded by Sam Taylor, at a time when it wasn't necessary to sign a contract to do electrical work, Taylor Electric performed light industrial and residential work on the south and west sides of Chicago.  Sam Taylor's philosophy-- that a man's word is his bond, and that only a company that performed quality work would survive-- proved the test of time.  Today, Taylor Electric, the oldest African American owned and operated construction firm in Chicago, is a multi-million dollar corporation performing work throughout Cook County

In 1958 Sam's son, Rufus Taylor, became active in the company, starting as an apprentice working with the tools, working under his father’s mentorship and transitioned into managing the company in 1969.  Under Rufus' direction Taylor Electric flourished.  Rufus, following the family tradition of quality and integrity, worked to promote company activity through community and industry involvement.  Rufus served on the Board of Directors of the Electric Association of Chicago, Hull House, and the Lawndale Local Development Corporation, to name just a few. Rufus, like Sam, was a tireless promoter of Minorities and Women in the construction industry. He worked closely with Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) and was a founding and sustaining member of Black Contractors United, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for several years.

In 1995, Martha Taylor, Rufus’ daughter became the third generation of management at Taylor Electric. As President/CEO, Martha is proud to carry TEC’s legacy into the new millennium, working to excel in the tradition of her father and grandfather, Rufus and Sam Taylor. Quality and integrity are much more than buzzwords--they are the foundation of Taylor Electric’s success, a continued philosophy of both company and family, incorporated into every aspect of the business. Taylor Electric is very proud of its heritage, and continuously strives to maintain and further its excellent reputation in the construction industry.

In 2015, Taylor Electric Company moved into its fourth generation of ownership/leadership with the great-granddaughters of Sam Taylor. Kendra Dinkins serves as President/CEO of Taylor Electric Company. Karen Michele Dinkins serves as Executive Vice President/COO. Bryan Taylor continues his role in ownership/management as Vice President.