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Our History

For more than a century, Hilscher-Clarke has provided electrical engineering, automation, testing, data, voice and video services to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Ohio. Over the years, we’ve grown to serve a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, health care and retail.




2020: Hilscher-Clarke restructures its executive team in response to recent and anticipated growth. Scott Goodspeed is named CEO, John Fether is appointed president and Jeff Floyd is promoted to COO.


2019: The Wintersville office expands, relocating to Toronto, Ohio.


2018: Hilscher-Clarke opens its Wintersville, Ohio, office to better serve its growing customer base in southeastern Ohio. The acquisition of Wolgamott Electric in Massillon, Ohio, leads to the launch of Hilscher-Clarke’s residential electrical services.


2017: Hilscher-Clark opens an office in Tallmadge, Ohio, expanding its business in the Akron area. The company enters into partnership with Mid-City Electric, forming the operating company MCHC Power Solutions, LLC to jointly serve the central Ohio market. Ron Becker steps down as CEO, leaving Scott Goodspeed to operate the company as president. John Fether is promoted to COO. 


2014: Steven Chumney, is named vice president of commercial operations and John Fether is named vice president of industrial operations. The AET and industrial specialties divisions are combined to form Hilscher-Clarke’s advanced testing division. The CTC and TeleData divisions are combined to form the data, voice and video division. ET Electric Company, LLC is divested to better align resources.

2009: Hilscher-Clarke acquires ET Electric Company, LLC, in Toledo, Ohio. The addition expands the company’s regional presence and offers new services, such as traffic signalization and line/highway work. CTC Technologies, LLC is founded to expand services into the healthcare and construction markets by offering nurse-call and other low-voltage technologies.


2007: William Henne retires and Ron Becker becomes CEO. Scott Goodspeed is named president and COO. Barbara Zwick is appointed as CFO and treasurer of the board. Hilscher-Clarke founds Advanced Electrical Testing (AET) and Preventative Maintenance, LLC, to offer infrared thermography and other preventative maintenance programs.


2005: Hilscher-Clarke reaches a corporate milestone, with the majority of the company’s ownership being held by its current management team.


2002: State Electrical Engineering Company, LLC (SEEC) is formed as the first additional operating company of Hilscher-Clarke to provide full design and engineering services.


1999: Hilscher-Clarke acquires Borden-Kircher Electric, located in Coshocton, Ohio.


1994: Bill Clarke and Donald Colaner retire, but continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. William Henne is named President.


1985: Donald Colaner is named President to succeed Bill Clarke, who is named Chairman of the Board.


1965: Bill Clarke assumes the presidency when his father, Roy Clarke, retires.


1959: Roy Clarke becomes president of the company after Walt Hilscher passes away.


1945: Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company is incorporated. Walt Hilscher and Roy Clarke transfer the assets of their partnership to the new corporation.


1926: Walt Hilscher and Roy Clarke purchase State Electric and change its name to Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company.


1916: State Electric becomes a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


1915: Keuhn-Wilson Electric changes its name to State Electric.

1912: Wilson Electric and Kuehn Electric merge to become Kuehn-Wilson Electric.

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