Editor’s Note: Starting this month, the Perkins County Chamber of Commerce will randomly select a chamber business to be featured in the newspaper on a monthly basis. This is the first in a series of articles placing the spotlight on participating members.
By Jan Rahn
Randomly selected as February Chamber Business of the Month is Carlson Electric of Grant.
Currently located at the corner of 2nd and Washington, the business first began in 1958 when the late Jim Carlson moved from Denver to Grant hoping to start an electrical shop.
According to his wife, Katy Carlson, when the business was started, the irrigation opportunity had begun and prospects looked good for building a successful electric business in Perkins County.
“Jim and a friend who had completed schooling at Milford struck out,” said Katy during the regular monthly meeting of Chamber last week while describing the background of the business.
“It was ‘slim pickins’ for quite a long time,” she said. “We now have one full-time electrician, grandchildren who help when needed, and one lady who works part-time in the office.”
The business is now incorporated, with Katy as the president, and son Mike Carlson as vice president, with no other officers.
Katy said the focus of the business hasn’t changed all that much since starting, however, the cost of operations is higher and more skills are needed by the electrician.
“Declining population is a negative factor in our area,” she said about a customer based business that targets homeowners, farmers and builders.
As far as plans for the future of the business, she said, “At this time, looking to the future is cloudy. So many factors are not kind to this part of the state. With God’s help we can remain a prosperous community.”