With two trucks and four employees, Ennis Electric Company was founded and incorporated by John A. Ennis Sr. in 1974. Mr. Ennis Sr. created a reputation for quality work performed on time. Over the years, the company grew and William “Chip” Swab, the company’s first apprentice, became President while Mr. Ennis continued as CEO. For the next twenty years, Chip Swab led the business and developed employees to their fullest potential.
John Ennis Sr. retired in 2004 and his eldest son John Ennis Jr., who started in the company as an apprentice, joined Chip Swab in leadership of the company. Together they developed a management team and set a tempo for continued growth and expanding capabilities while maintaining the highest standards. Chip Swab retired in 2011 and was succeeded by Jonathan Mitz. In 2015, John Ennis, Jr. moved on to became Chairman of the Board, Kevin Cole succeeded John Ennis, Jr. as CEO, and Stephen Blankenship succeeded Jonathan Mitz as President. Ennis Electric now ranks among the largest electrical contractors in the Washington, DC region, with more than 180 employees.
To ensure the continuity of Ennis Electric as a locally owned and operated company, as well as to inspire and reward employees, John Ennis Jr. established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. Every employee has a vested interest in the successful performance of the company.