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Athens & Limestone County Today

February 25, 2013

Small businesses booming in uncertain economic times


TR Electrical

TR Electrical, owned by father and son, Tim Bauer and Robbie McDowell, opened in Athens four years ago.

Since that time the electrical contracting business has doubled in size, staff and service.

TR Electrical serves the Tennessee Valley offering residential and commercial services including installation, upgrades and repairs.

In June, the business opened a new office and warehouse at 1631 L. Gray Boulevard in Athens. “We doubled business after moving there,” said Bauer, who spent 30 years at Delphi before starting TR Electrical. 

The business has also boosted its staff — expanding from eight to 16 employees.

Although TR Electrical was created in the midst of a slow economy, Bauer said the business has seen increases. Commercial contracting makes up the biggest increase. “We had to be competitive, aggressive with our bidding and watch our budgets,” he said. “I’m satisfied with where we’ve come.”

Some of the company’s projects have included Bethel Church of Christ and Lakeview United Methodist Church and the Limestone County Correctional Facility — all damaged in the April 27, 2011, or March 2, 2012, tornadoes, respectively.

Bauer said the events were unfortunate, but that rebuilding projects did help industry and created jobs. “I think it helped a lot of people in this area as far as work,” he said.

TR Electrical also worked on the industrial expansion of Electricfil in Elkmont and will be working on another phase of the expansion in the future.

The business also put in a bid for the new Athens-Limestone Library where they recently did some demolition work. 

Some other jobs include Badcock Furniture in Decatur, Royal-Mason Funeral Home on Browns Ferry Road, Davis Eye Care on Hobbs Street and Bona Vista, an upscale Mexican restaurant being constructed on U.S. 72 in Madison in front of Target.

Bauer said the key to the growing business is “a good group of employees that work hard.”

“We strive to keep the customer satisfied,” he said. “Whether it’s a church, house or industrial building — customers have to be satisfied or you won’t be in business this day and age.”

TR Electrical has an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce.

“TR Electrical has grown in a very short period of time,” said Chamber President Jennifer Williamson. “I think it’s encouraging when you see a small, locally-owned business see that much growth.”

To find out more about TR Electrical, visit

Williamson said the Chamber’s motto is “Shop Athens First.”

“I think the growth Athens Eye Clinic and TR Electrical has experienced shows that the community and its citizens are supporting local business,” she said.

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