Baynes Electric is a leading, independent wholesale distributor of lighting and electrical products. Founded in 1956 by Harold Baynes, a scrappy native of Brockton, Massachusetts, the Baynes family continues to guide the company today.
Beginnings: 1956 – 1970
In 1956, after running the counter at a local electrical distributor, Harold Baynes struck out on his own and founded Baynes Electric Supply. With the help of a few manufacturers, Harold slowly grew the business with an outgoing personality, entrepreneurial spirit, master networking skills and a driven commitment to the best possible service.
Growth Phase: 1970 – 2000's
The second generation was groomed early as Harold’s son, Louis, joined the company in high school and learned the business by working in warehousing and logistics. Louis joined the company full time in 1968 and held every position from truck driver to inside sales as he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Stonehill College in 1972.
Harold and Louis made a perfect pair as Harold maintained his networking and sales role while Louis managed finance and back-office operations. Louis was named President in 1981 and lead Baynes through a growth phase with significant branch expansion. By 2000, Baynes was a leader in servicing lighting and electrical customers throughout the New England region.
In an era of rapid consolidation, the third generation continues to drive the company today. In addition to its early business success in the residential markets, Baynes now has a strong presence in the Commercial and Industrial markets with contractors, institutions, industrial plants and government agencies. In 2005, capitalizing on 50 years of servicing customers in the lighting and electrical industry, Baynes launched its National Accounts Division, targeting customers in the retail, hospitality, financial, automotive, grocery and restaurant industries throughout North America.
Today, Baynes services its broad customer base from its Central Distribution Center in West Bridgewater, MA with aggressive growth and continued independence in its immediate future.