About Springfield Electric

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Quality, Performance, and Service Since 1932
It’s not only our mission, it’s the way we promise to conduct business. We know there are many places you can purchase electrical supplies. Our goal is to achieve and maintain that one degree of separation. Simply stated, we intend to be the best supplier in the markets we serve with the products we represent. We know our continued growth only comes by meeting or exceeding your expectations.

We take great pride in our nearly 300 dedicated associates. Knowledgeable and experienced, our associates are equipped with the most current technology available to give you quick, informed, and accurate responses.

In 1919, William R. Schnirring, Sr., began his career in the electrical business in Springfield, Illinois. In 1929, Mr. Schnirring acquired sole ownership of this retail outlet for lighting fixtures, electrical contracting, and appliance business. In January 1932, the focus of the company changed from contracting and retail to electrical distribution.

At that time, the name changed from Schnirring Electric Company to Springfield Electric Supply Company. Since the mid-1950s, the company’s branch operation and company headquarters have occupied the 700 block of North 9th Street in Springfield, with several building renovations and expansions. Over the past 75 years, we’ve opened additional locations throughout Illinois, Iowa and Missouri to serve more markets. 

Springfield Electric is proud of our association with the following organizations: 


  • AHTD - Association for High Technology Distribution
  • APEC - Association of Professional Energy Consultants
  • ALA - American Lighting Association
  • Bloomington Home Builders Association
  • Chamber of Commerce at Each Local Branch Location
  • Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois
  • Energy Star Partner
  • HBACI - Home Builders Association of Central Illinois
  • HBAI - Home Builders Association of Illinois
  • IASA - Illinois Association of School Administrators
  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • IMARK Group
  • NAED - National Association of Electrical Distributors
  • NAHB - National Association of Home Builders
  • NAW - National Association of Wholesale Distributors
  • Peoria Home Builders Association
  • SAHBA - Springfield Area Home Builders Association