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Our Story

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Proudly celebrating 43 years in business!

Bell Electric has been serving the New River Valley since 1981. In the early days, we were working out of Steve Gerus' kitchen and answering service calls in a 1967 Austin Healey. Our first paying customer was Raines Property Management, with whom we still do business.

 

We eventually outgrew the kitchen table and in 2005 moved into a Blacksburg office at 1711 North Main Street, where we would spend the next 18 years. 2005 was also the year Bell hired Chris fresh out of engineering school at Virginia Tech to begin his professional career. Chris stayed on as a service technician for 3 years before moving on to co-found Baseline Solar Solutions. Baseline persevered through the recession, eventually turned a profit,  and in 2016 moved in to share office and warehouse space with us.

Working closely with each other led to discussions of an ownership transition that was executed in 2018 when Chris purchased the company from Steve. Chris aspires to maintain the quality and customer satisfaction the Bell reputation was built on, while also pushing to develop renewable and energy efficiency markets.

As Bell Electric and Baseline Solar continued to grow alongside each other, we outgrew our Blacksburg space. In 2022, we purchased a building in the historic Cambria district of Christiansburg and spent the next year completing major renovations. In late 2023, we moved into our new home and continue to operate from there. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Bell Electric!

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In November of 2023 we made the move to our new (to us!) office space in Christiansburg. Built in 1975, the building is located in the historic Cambria district and needed extensive renovations before we moved in. We added large storefront windows, electric heat pumps, and more office space. Because the building sits alongside the Norfolk Southern right of way, we see freight trains rolling by all day.

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