Canter Electric Company was created in 1948. Its founder, Glen W. Canter, began the business with a pickup truck, a roll of wire, a handful of lighting sockets, and a package of light bulbs. During those days it was a major project just to get electricity from the closest utility pole to a home or business. The electrical contractor was responsible for stringing wires through trees and across creeks and valleys just to create an opportunity to have a single light in the kitchen.
Canter Electric Company grew to become one of the largest electrical construction contractors in North Carolina during the 1960’s and 70’s.
From 1982 to 2002, Kenneth Canter worked to develop a multistate, single source, electrical service and repair business for clients such as NationsBank, Wachovia, Walmart, Kmart, McDonald’s, Burger King, and many others. Through the request of their clients, CEC began offering installation, repair, and maintenance of standby generator systems.
During the winter of 2001/2002, after personally experiencing two severe ice/snow storms and a week and a half without heat or lights, Kenneth began researching standby generator systems for his own home. In May, 2002, Kenneth had a standby generator system installed at his home. That experience was the basis of an entire new segment of the Company’s business.
From 2002 through 2014, Canter Electric Company’s focus on residential standby generator systems was the catalyst for the unprecedented growth and achievements experienced throughout this period. During this time, Canter Electric Company received yearly Sales Achievement awards from Generac, as well as many other prestigious accolades.
In 2008, Canter Electric Company became North Carolina’s largest residential standby generator installer.
In 2009, Canter Electric Company was asked to join the Home Depot team as the exclusive provider for all standby generator systems with customers in 94 Home Depot locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
In 2012, Canter Electric Company became the exclusive provider for all standby generator system customers for an additional 78 Home Depot locations throughout Georgia for a total of 172 stores. Generac recognized Canter Electric Company as the 2012 Retail Installer of the Year. Also in 2012, Canter Electric Company became a Generac Premier Dealer as well as a Briggs and Stratton Diamond Dealer.
In 2013, Canter Electric Company earned several accolades including being named one of the top 5 residential generator companies in the US for Generac, one of the top 8 residential generator companies in the US for Briggs & Stratton, as well as one of the top 3 residential generator companies in the US for Home Depot. Canter Electric Company was also named a Generac Premier Power Pro Dealer.
In 2014, due to Canter Electric Company’s tremendous success and reputation as one of the largest and most respected residential generator sales and installation companies, Canter Electric Company decided to better align its name with its services. On August 1, Canter Electric Company became Canter Power Systems.
Canter Electric Company became the exclusive provider for all standby generator system customers for an additional 71 Home Depot locations throughout Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama for a total of 247 stores.
Canter Power Systems was recognized by Generac as the 2016 National Top Sales Recipient.
Canter Power Systems was recognized by Generac as the 2017 National Top Sales Recipient. Canter Power Systems was also awarded Home Depot's Service Provider of the Year award. Canter Power Systems ended 2017 being the exclusive provider for all standby generator system customers for a total of 292 stores.