As we celebrate over 30 years of business, we would like to share our history of Century Lighting & Electric.
Century Lighting & Electric is proud to celebrate its Anniversary of 30 Years in Business. This company was founded in 1984 by Keith Estes, who at the time was selling commercial grade lighting supplies out of the back of his station wagon. This local company has since grown to over 100 employees as well as evolved its business model to be one of the Sacramento and Bay Area Region’s leading Full Service Electrical Contractors. As the company gets ready to start its fourth decade, Century Lighting & Electric has now become a leader in Energy Efficient Solutions. These solutions include new LED Lighting Upgrades for Commercial Properties, Smart Technology System Controls, Solar Panel Installations and California Title-24 Commissioning.
Century Lighting & Electric is a very family orientated business with Keith Estes, the President and Founder, working alongside his wife of 40 years, Traci Estes. Keith and Traci’s children also play active roles in the structure of the company. Their Son, Brent Estes, has worked his way up to Vice-President and is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the company. Brent is active in presentation, design and layout of the Energy Efficient Solutions the company offers. Youngest Daughter, Lorin Estes, earned her certification in 3D Light Design Modeling as well as a degree in Graphic Design. She has created all of the company’s current marketing materials from their website to their print and web advertising campaigns. Keith and Traci’s eldest Daughter, Sherra Estes, is active in a Youth Ministry Program on the Island of Maui while still working in the Billing Department through the company’s remote computer system.
Keith Estes had nine years of experience in the Lighting Industry before starting Century Lighting & Electric. Keith started selling lighting supplies as a part-time job while studying as a business student at the University of San Francisco. The company humbly began in a very small rented warehouse space in Auburn, CA, but then moved into a new office building that Keith, himself, built in 1987. Since then, three more buildings have been added to the original build site to create Century Industrial Park. The company is now building a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse building on an adjacent property to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.
Keith accredits his son Brent as a major driving force behind the growing sales and service. This growth has taken the company beyond the Sacramento Region, covering the entire Bay Area and as far south as Bakersfield. More than 2,000 customer contracted sites can count on Century Lighting & Electric to keep the lights burning and system working properly. Century has over 30 service vehicles operating from 14 satellite locations in order to meet their customer demand.
Century Lighting & Electric has become one of the largest turn-key LED Lighting Upgrade contractors in Northern California. They have proven this by installing more than 10,000 LED fixtures within this last year. Some of their most notable LED Lighting Upgrade projects have been with the Sierra College Campus’ in Rocklin and Grass Valley, Dealerships in the Roseville AutoMall, The Port of Benicia and a large number of commercial buildings owned by Buzz Oates Investments.
Keith states, “The Key to our success has been a positive company environment supported by a strong team of dedicated employees. As a result, this combination leads to the highest level of service and satisfaction for our customers.’’