More than 30 years ago, Larry Zenor started Zenor Electric in the back of his brother-in-law’s business. Today, the business manages numerous corporate contracts and residential jobs with 32 employees in an expanded space.
What hasn’t changed, said owner Dusty Moore, is the business’ commitment to quality service and community support.
Zenor Electric received the Hutchinson/Reno Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award for September at the Membership Breakfast on Sept. 16 at the Sand Hills Event Center.
Larry Zenor founded Zenor Electric on May 18, 1982. In 1998, the business moved to its current location at 1203 W 4th in Hutchinson.
After 19 years of growth, Larry sold Zenor Electric on May 18, 2001 to Dusty Moore. Today, the business is still committed to the same professional business ethics that Zenor Electric built from the start.
“We’re most proud of our reputation,” Moore said. “Larry had a great reputation and we hope to continue that. I have fantastic employees and am very proud of that.”
Since purchasing the business, Moore added on to the original building, purchased the building to the west for warehouse storage and the lot to the south of the business for additional vehicle and trailer parking. They completely remodeled the office space two years ago and added a conference room.
The business provides all types of residential and light commercial electrical services, as well as data networking, fiber optics, medium voltage needs at places like Kuhn Krause, CHS refinery, Cargill, and more.
When the Chamber asked what is unique about his business, Moore noted his employees have an advanced level of training. Each of them has completed or is in the process of finishing a 5-year apprenticeship program through the IBEW-NECA and they receive six hours of continuing education each year.
Moore believes in being involved in the community and serving with his time and resources.
“You can’t succeed in a community that’s not successful on its own so you do what you can to keep the community thriving,” Moore said.
He has been on the Board of the Home Builders Association and during that time, Zenor Electric participated in building a home for a person in need. The company also supported Reins of Hope by completing the electrical wiring as the nonprofit’s new building was constructed on Obee Road.
Moore has served on the Code Review Board for the City of Hutchinson, as a judge for Skills USA and currently serves on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Board and the National Electrical Contractors Association Board.