"SHSI Certificate of Recognition"
"Best on the Web"

Encyclopedia Dubuque


"Encyclopedia Dubuque is the online authority for all things Dubuque, written by the people who know the city best.”
Marshall Cohen—researcher and producer, CNN

Affiliated with the Local History Network of the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Iowa Museum Association.


From Encyclopedia Dubuque
Revision as of 19:13, 18 July 2008 by Randylyon (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

CRESCENT ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY. Major wholesale electrical distributor in the United , States. Crescent Electric Supply Company was founded on April 15, 1919, by Titus B. SCHMID. The business, first located at 785 Iowa Street, was soon moved to 765 Iowa Street and in 1953 to 215 Main Street. In 1925 Crescent Electric was appointed a GE Lamp Agent. Additional lines of General Electric merchandise were gradually added to the inventory until the company became a full line GE distributor.

Other manufacturers' lines of supplies and apparatus have been added over the years. Among the prominent companies represented by Crescent Electric have been Advance Transformer, American Electric, Certain teed, Cooper Lighting, Eaton, Hubbell, Ideal Industries, Leviton, 3M Company, Marley, Royal Electric, Square D Company, Thomas and Betts, Thomas Industries, Universal Ballast and Wheatland Tube Company.

The growth of the company has been measured by the steady growth of branches from one in 1919, two in 1923, five by 1930, twenty-five by 1970 and ninety-three in 1991. The Crescent Electric distribution network extends over Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The company sells a full range of electrical supplies to contractors and industrial customers including utilities, Deere and Company, and Caterpillar. Crescent Electric has established itself in the Factory Automation Products market through its advanced High Tech Systems and Solutions. In 1991the president of Crescent Electric was James A. SCHMID.