Best of Moffat County: Family grounded in electric biz
Corey Electric earns best of Moffat County distinction
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“People tell me how envious they are, whether it’s because they don’t have sons or they do have sons but they never came back home. My wife and I are very lucky to have our sons, their wives and our grandbaby here.”
— Dave Corey, co-owner of Corey Electric
It’s not uncommon for children of successful business owners to leave home and try to chart their own path.
But, as powerful as the impulse is to leave, so too is the desire to someday return to roots.
Luckily for Dave Corey, 63, he and his sons have followed that storyline to the letter.
Corey started Corey Electric with his wife, Janet, in September 1976.
Their three sons — Dave Jr., 35, Roger, 33, and Grant, 32 — all work in the family business.
“People tell me how envious they are, whether it’s because they don’t have sons or they do have sons but they never came back home,” Dave said. “My wife and I are very lucky to have our sons, their wives and our grandbaby here.”
The three boys have more than 26 years of experience among them, but their careers in the electrical field began long before each one made the decision to dedicate themselves to the profession.
“I started helping out when I was a little kid, we all did,” Roger said. “Then we went our separate ways, went to college, but eventually we all found our way back.”
Dave concedes working with three sons is unique in business. As three siblings all close to each other in age, there are times when the line separating brothers from colleagues becomes blurred.
“We have our moments, but we work through them,” Dave said. “You have a father and three sons, and they’re still siblings so they get into it, but we make it work.”
The recipe has proven successful.
Craig Daily Press readers recently named Corey Electric best electrician as part of the 2012 Best of Moffat County contest.
“It’s an honor, but we’re slightly embarrassed,” Dave said. “There are so many other electricians and contractors in this city and county that are every bit as good as us.”
Corey Electric provides residential, commercial and agricultural work, including service upgrades, changes and remodels in a service area that encompasses Craig, Moffat County, Hayden and the Little Snake River Valley.
The company recently began selling Generac generators of all sizes, including portable models for camping to complete home power backup systems.
Corey Electric also plans to utilize thermal imaging technology to locate and repair potentially dangerous electrical hotspots.
One of Corey Electric’s satisfied customers is Argie Peroulis.
She and her husband, Andy, have hired Corey Electric for numerous projects stretching across the company’s entire portfolio of services.
“The sons and the father, they are all very nice people,” she said. “I think they are the best people to deal with.”
The Coreys take the needs of customers seriously.
A couple of years ago, a Peroulis family member accidentally severed a buried electrical line with a tractor at their ranch in Hayden.
Despite happening on a Sunday, Argie said Dave arrived within the hour with the whole family and had the electrical line repaired that afternoon.
“I think they are the best,” she said. “They are very polite, they work well with customers and they all just have beautiful personalities.”