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    Over 100 years of service
    For more than 100 years we have been servicing our customers in the electrical industry
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About Us

Our people are ready. Our experience runs deep. For over 100 years, Richardson-Wayland Electrical Co. has provided electrical contracting services to municipal, utility and industrial customers with a reputation built on honesty and integrity. Trust us to get the job done safely and on time. Every time.

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  • About RWEC
  • From its founding in 1913 Richardson-Wayland Electrical Company has had a long lasting history in providing contracting services as an energy infrastructure service provider to the ET&D industry. Throughout our long and proud history, Richardson-Wayland Electrical Company has prided itself in continuously improving our offerings of goods and services to our customers and our community as a leading regional electrical utility and traffic signal services provider. Our company was built on a firm foundation of safety, honesty, integrity, and environmental stewardship which are the foundation of everything we do.

    Founded in January 28, 1913 by J.M. Richardson & W.H. Wayland, who began by selling electric appliances, electrical lighting and wiring homes in Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley.

      In 1924, Richardson-Wayland establishes the second radio station in Virginia; WDBJ on AM 1310

       In 1930, the business expanded into industrial and commercial wiring

        In 1934, the company expanded into utility construction

         In 1935 RWEC joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 79 as a proud union contractor

          In 1956 joined the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

            In 1957 concentrated solely on utility construction

             In 2006 company was purchased by Argos Utilities Holdings, LLC

Our Team

Our People are Our Company

Anthony D'Arensbourg
Vice President - Utilities Division

Business Development
Scott Eubanks
Vice President - Transportation Systems Division

Scott oversees the Traffic Signal, Security Fence and Solar Installation departments all in part of the Transportation Systems Division. He has been in the industry for 20+ years; with VDOT for 3 years, and with Richardson-Wayland for 15+ years.

Michael Williams
Safety Director

Kent Knepper

Kent is one of two Superintendents for the Substation Division (Central, East, West). He has been working in the electrical industry since 1982. He began his electrical career in the U.S. Navy Seabees. Kent has been working at Richardson-Wayland for 5+ years.

Joey Compton

Joey is one of two Superintendents for the Substation Division.

James Bilbrey

James is Superintendent for the Transmission & Distribution Divisions.

James Smith
Fleet/Facilities Manager

James has spent 30+ years in the electrical field. His experience ranges from UG distribution, OH distribution, transmission, and substations.

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Company Development Story

How we started

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Founded in 1913

Richardson-Wayland Electric Company has been working with the industrial community throughout the Roanoke area since 1913. ... and with the public utilities throughout Virginia and the surrounding states since the 1930's. We employ a staff of highly skilled electrical technicians, many of whom live locally and are proud of the position their company has attained in over 100 years of operation.

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Long history of success

The company specializes in industrial and utility wiring, powerplants, substations, and trasmission and distribution lines. It has won an enviable reputation for dependable on-the-job performance and quality workmanship.