From father to son, A. E. Ruston Electric has stood as the testament to a steady, family-owned business that has survived the test of time.
Started by Alfred E. Ruston in Athens, Ohio, A.E. Ruston Electric soon moved to Jackson, Ohio in 1935 to a location on Vaughn Street, before moving to Dickason Street, then to Main Street where the Appalachian Highway is now; then to its current location in 1969 at the intersection of Main Street and Florence Avenue.
Alfred Ruston, the son, studied Electrical Engineering at Ohio University and Accounting at The University of Rio Grande then joined the business in 1961 and worked with his father until 1989. Because people were confused who to ask for when the son joined the business, they just asked for "Sonny," and the name stuck.
The business deals with the repair of electric motors, machine work, and industrial wiring.
"We started working with the coal miners and now work with sand, gravel and limestone quarries, foundries, saw mills, and industries," said Ruston, who said they work with many of the local Jackson, Ohio industries as well.
"It was very special to be able to learn the business from my mother and father," he noted. "I knew I wanted this to be my life's work. I never looked at anything else."
He attributes his success to very loyal customers and good employees, with three of them being with him for more than 15 years, one of them for 20 years and another for 25.
"I still enjoy working every day and am very grateful and appreciative of my customers, employees, and the community," Ruston summarized.
A. E. Ruston Electric is a member of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and The Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Inc. (EASA).