About Us

Burford Electric History

The Beginning of a Family Business: The founder of Burford Electric Service, T. H. Burford, and his wife Margaret moved to Columbus, Mississippi in the early 1950’s and established a small motor repair shop on Military Road.  In 1959 the company Burford Electric Service, Inc. was officially founded, and the company moved to its current location in East Columbus. Since then, the business has expanded five times to comprise nearly 40,000 square feet of shop and office space.

Mr. Burford, 2nd from left – 1929

Generations of Experience: B.E.S.I. combines the experience and expertise of its seasoned employees (many of whom have been part of the Burford family since the early years) and the energy and drive of the younger generations. We are proud that our employees have a total of 460 years of experience in the electric motor industry! Burford draws on this unique combination to offer the best service and latest technology to its customers. Today, the Robinson family still owns Burford Electric. We are now celebrating a third-generation family-owned business. Jonathan Burford Robinson is the President and CEO, while Ken and Margret are enjoying the grand-kids and the joys of retirement.


This is the vision of Burford Electric Service: to become the most respected electric motor repair facility in the south eastern United States. Our vision will be accomplished through unrelenting pursuit of excellence in every area of service, no matter the size of the customer. By pursuing excellence in all areas we will continually grow our base of customers by giving more than they expect quicker than they expect it.


Our mission at Burford Electric has not changed since Tolbert & Margaret Burford founded the business in 1959. That mission is: provide outstanding service to our customers in a profitable manner, while operating according to Christian principles.