History of the E. S. Boulos Company

The hard work and ingenuity displayed by E.S. Boulos Company (ESB) crews today can be traced back to a motivated, 13 year old electrician’s assistant named Edward S. Boulos, who got his start in the trade back in 1908, assembling light fixtures in Portland, Maine.

In 1920, Edward formed his own business and rented an office on Congress Street, calling it the E.S. Boulos Company.

Edward started off with just two employees. His labor rate was a whopping $2 an hour.

Over the next 20 years, the company grew, expanding both its customer base and its need for physical space.

Expansion plans, however, were put on hold during World War II.  Edward S. Boulos Jr., who would one day run the company, did his patriotic duty by piloting dive bomber planes in the Pacific.

By 1947, father and son were operating an 18,000 square foot warehouse and an elegant showroom, where the company proudly displayed its popular line of radios, stylish light fixtures and modern household appliances.

By the 1950s, the company had developed strong relationships with national contractors and was building federal government sites along the eastern seaboard for the Nike Project, which delivered the nations’ first operational anti-aircraft missile system.

In the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, much of ESB’s  work was  tied to Maine’s pulp and paper industry, which proved to be a great training ground for future ESB employees.

ESB also won contracts to build the 900-megawatt Maine Yankee nuclear power plant and New Hampshire’s Seabrook Nuclear Station, the largest electrical generating unit on the New England power grid.

ESB has broadened its commercial portfolio to include hospital, office and educational facilities, civic centers and sporting arenas, along with military installations and movable bridge projects. Increasing technological advances also led to the creation of ESB’s telecommunications division. The combination of our experienced electrical crews and highly trained tel/data technicians makes ESB a single source provider for today’s complex projects.