Main Electric History

Main Electric Supply is an electrical distributor based in Southern California. Main has ten (10) locations with inventory tailored to meet the unique needs in each market it serves. Main Electric Supply offers a variety services including: Project Management, estimating, technical support, logistics, training and much more.

The Beginning

Main Electric Supply was founded on October 14th, 1946 by Charles Vowels and Burt McCombs. Main Electric set out to meet the growing demands of the electrical industry as the market expanded. Operating on a word of mouth basis and building a reputation on excellent service, it was not long before Main Electric became a household name in the Los Angeles area. With a clear goal, reliable service and the right team Main has maintained faithful relationships with electricians who have grown accustomed with Main Electric’s service, supply, and reliability.

Our Growth

From 1999 to 2002 Main Electric's business expanded into Orange County which led to opening a second branch in Irvine. By 2005 Main had locations in Chatsworth, San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Irvine and Los Angeles. In 2011 Main acquired United Electric in Chino and in January 2012 opened a 7th branch in Newbury Park. Later in 2012 Main Electric moved its corporate headquarters from Irvine to Santa Ana to a larger facility. In September 2013 Main Electric opened an 8th branch in Riverside county on Main St., which is one of its largest branches. This year Main Electric has added locations in Huntington Beach (9) and Ventura (10). Main Electric is ranked the 42nd largest distributor in the Country in 2014 and is the largest Independent Distributor in the State of California.


Our History Says it All

Main Electric was founded on a commitment to excellence in 1946. This commitment remains at the core of our business today as Main Electric continues the tradition of perfecting the customer experience. "We are committed to excellence, with quality products and the highest level of customer service to ensure that our customers complete their projects on-time and on-budget."