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Our Story

Third generation, family-owned and operated since 1952. That’s Mars Electric. Sam & Rebecca Doris started by selling electrical supplies out of a converted chicken coop to retail stores. Today their children and grandchildren have grown the business to over $100 million in sales as a full-service distributor of electrical supplies. The Doris family has stayed true to Sam & Rebecca’s commitment to treat employees and customers like family.

Name changed to MARS Electric for kids, M for Mark and A for Alan, and for founders & parents, R for Rebecca and S for Sam. 

Hit $1 million in revenue

1975

Mark Doris became president. 

1992

Tremendous geographic expansion! Opened Macedonia, Chardon, Westlake, Medina and Streetsboro branches.

Founder’s grandson, Michael Doris, started working for the business part-time at the Bedford Heights branch helping customers and putting inventory away.

2011

Geographic footprint extends to Akron with another branch opening.

Introduced option to shop and buy online and through the Mars Electric app.

Built state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot central distribution center in Mayfield Village. Fran Doris is named CEO and Mars Electric is named a certified Female Business Enterprise (FBE). 

2019

4th generation was born!

Launched new website with functionality to check inventory, shop and buy online. Opened a 60,000 square foot warehouse in Wickliffe for project storage. Fleet of delivery vehicles grows to 18. 

Kirk Electric is open for business in a converted chicken coop. The longest working employee joined the company and earned $1.50/hour. The Doris family station wagon was seen loaded with electrical supplies as it was the company’s first delivery vehicle.

1955

Multi-state footprint selling primarily to retail businesses including Brightway, Clarkins, Giant Tiger, Lancaster Sales, and Uncle Bill’s.

Founder’s son, Mark Doris, started working for the business full-time loading delivery trucks. 

Moved to Willoughby location where a branch still operates. Opened first Lighting Showroom. Rebecca Doris, founding mother, sold fixtures.

2001

More branch openings in Bedford Heights, Cleveland and Middleburg Heights.

Founder’s grandson, Andrew Doris, started working in the business part-time restocking products and labeling shelves.

Hit $50 million in revenue.
 

2015

Crane and boom trucks were added to the delivery truck fleet.

Hit $100 million in revenue.

2020

Lighting Showroom & Training Center opened in Willoughby. Expanded presence in Akron by moving to a larger and more central location. 

Always looking for more electrical, lighting & gear products and services to help our customers grow their businesses. Steadfast devotion to maintaining a high level of service even as the business continues to expand.

Kirk Electric is open for business in a converted chicken coop. The longest working employee joined the company and earned $1.50/hour. The Doris family station wagon was seen loaded with electrical supplies as it was the company’s first delivery vehicle.

Name changed to MARS Electric for kids, M for Mark and A for Alan, and for founders & parents, R for Rebecca and S for Sam. 

1955

Multi-state footprint selling primarily to retail businesses including Brightway, Clarkins, Giant Tiger, Lancaster Sales, and Uncle Bill’s.

Hit $1 million in revenue

Founder’s son, Mark Doris, started working for the business full-time loading delivery trucks. 

1975

Mark Doris became president. 

Moved to Willoughby location where a branch still operates. Opened first Lighting Showroom. Rebecca Doris, founding mother, sold fixtures.

1992

Tremendous geographic expansion! Opened Macedonia, Chardon, Westlake, Medina and Streetsboro branches.

2001

More branch openings in Bedford Heights, Cleveland and Middleburg Heights.

Founder’s grandson, Michael Doris, started working for the business part-time at the Bedford Heights branch helping customers and putting inventory away.

Founder’s grandson, Andrew Doris, started working in the business part-time restocking products and labeling shelves.

2011

Geographic footprint extends to Akron with another branch opening.

Hit $50 million in revenue.
 

Introduced option to shop and buy online and through the Mars Electric app.

2015

Crane and boom trucks were added to the delivery truck fleet.

Built state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot central distribution center in Mayfield Village. Fran Doris is named CEO and Mars Electric is named a certified Female Business Enterprise (FBE). 

Hit $100 million in revenue.

2019

4th generation was born!

2020

Lighting Showroom & Training Center opened in Willoughby. Expanded presence in Akron by moving to a larger and more central location. 

Launched new website with functionality to check inventory, shop and buy online. Opened a 60,000 square foot warehouse in Wickliffe for project storage. Fleet of delivery vehicles grows to 18. 

Always looking for more electrical, lighting & gear products and services to help our customers grow their businesses. Steadfast devotion to maintaining a high level of service even as the business continues to expand.