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Electrical supplier plugs in with local outpost

Mike Platania February 14, 2017 0

Encompass Supply opened in January at 923 N. Meadow St. (Mike Platania)

Encompass Supply opened in January at 923 N. Meadow St. (Mike Platania)

A NoVa-based electrical supplier has turned on the lights of its first Richmond office.

Encompass Supply opened in January at 923 N. Meadow St., between Scott’s Addition and Carver. It occupies 7,000 square feet in the Maurice Electric Supply warehouse.

Encompass sells electrical supplies like fasteners, fuses, tools and lighting fixtures to subcontractors who are building throughout Virginia. The Richmond location will serve primarily as a distribution center, with some over-the-counter retail sales, said owner and president Rudy Burwell.

Burwell, a VCU graduate and retired Army colonel, said opening a Richmond center was a logical progression for his business.

“It opens up additional opportunities. Richmond’s a good location for us. We’ve done a lot of work here,” he said.

The Richmond location will serve primarily as a distribution center, with some over-the-counter retail sales. (Mike Platania)

The Richmond location will serve primarily as a distribution center, with some over-the-counter retail sales. (Mike Platania)

Burwell said Encompass has found a niche in supplying for contractors working on Virginia college and university projects. The company supplied for Chewning & Wilmer, which built the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. It also will supply for Watson Electrical Construction Company on an expansion of the U.Va. Education Resource Center in Charlottesville, Burwell said.

Encompass was founded in 2013. It is privately owned and self-funded, and it holds a SWaM business certification for Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned businesses.

“We’re currently a micro-SWaM, which (means) your revenues are less than $3 million per year. We might exceed that this year, which is of course a good thing,” Burwell said.

Burwell said Encompass works with the state’s Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, an economic development program started in 2012 to help connect employers with veterans seeking work.

“One thing we’re trying to do is hire veterans. My Richmond branch manager is a veteran,” Burwell said. “V3 is trying to develop a pipeline for hiring and training veterans.”

Burwell said the Richmond location has two employees, and plans to add two to three more this year.

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