About Us


James River Electric, Inc. is a full-service, single-source, electrical contracting company organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. JRE was founded in 2005 by Kent Butler, a second-generation Master Electrician and Class A Contractor, after working under the umbrella of union contractors in progressive capacities for nearly 20 years. Mr. Butler desired to start JRE for being in business to assist our customers in achieving their goals by safely designing, installing and maintaining their electrical systems in a manner that is cost effective.

In the tradition of our founder, we believe in relationships first, with our employees, community and you, our valued customer.

At JRE our mission is to provide high quality services on-time and at a fair price. We are hands-on in our approach to each project.  This results in a higher level of customer service and attention to detail than is normally provided by larger electrical contractors.  In order to achieve our mission, we act with the utmost honesty, respect and integrity when dealing with our clients, vendors and each other, as a team.

Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, James River Electric has the expertise to complete your project on-time and on-budget.

Quality and Service

It is our goal to provide a degree of excellence in everything we do and therefore we are committed to continuously improving, providing a safe work environment and providing unparalleled customer service. The quality of our work is the foundation of our business and the basis for building strong relationships with customers. By offering superior quality and service, it is our intention to make our customers, customers for a lifetime.

Our commitment to high standards, old-fashioned work ethic and our reputation as a quality electrical contractor have earned us the privilege to work with some of the finest owners, general contractors, architects and engineers in the industry.  

Commitment to Safety

James River Electric is committed to the safety of the general public and all individuals on the jobsite. We are diligent about ensuring a safe jobsite and have extremely low incident rates reflecting our drive to continuously improve our safety culture and eliminate risk on every project.

JRE helps to identify potential issues during the course of a project in advance, ensuring we are prepared to execute each task safely and confidently.

Client Testimonials


"I would highly recommend James River Electric, they not only do our electrical maintenance work at our three locations of businesses, they completely wired several houses and have problem solved our electrical needs for a decade now. Kent Butler runs a honest, precise organization. I highly recommend this organization for ANY of your electrical needs!"

 - Kyle Wills, Bruce's Super Body Shops

Residential Projects


We have long-standing partnerships with home builders in the Central Virginia area.  We are 

proud to work with these professionals 

to construct a quality home at a fair price.

Commercial Projects


We specialize in the installation of electrical projects such as healthcare laboratories, universities, lease spaces, warehouses, and office buildings.  No matter what the project James River Electric's experienced staff and management team have the knowledge and resources to see your job through from the design stage to the finished product.

Client Survey


We appreciate your business and want to make sure we meet your expectations.  Please help us serve you better by completing our customer satisfaction survey.

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Smart Not Average


The average home or business can be anything but average. Technology is allowing us to remotely control lights, heating, and cooling. Our appliances are more intuitive. 

The simple electric outlet can now have built-in nightlights and USB ports to charge cell phones, computers or tablets.  Motion sensor lighting detects the presence or absence of people, resulting in reduction of energy consumption.

We at James River Electric have stayed in step with these advancements and can install or replace whatever you need to stay up to date.

Licenses & Affiliations


James River Electric is a licensed Class A Contractor with the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

License #2705094791

We are a proud member of The Associated 

Builders and Contractors.  We train our electricians through our ABC-VA affiliation.

JRE has an A+ rating with the Central Virginia 

Better Business Bureau.