JRC was founded in 1945 by J. Rulon Christensen under the name JR Christensen & Associates. Mr. Christensen started the company in his garage as a representative of electrical commodity products. Eventually, he changed focus to lighting and became a long and loyal lighting representative. The relationships and foundation that Rulon and Richard had developed set Richard on a path of success and growth. In 1977, Richard purchased the company from his father.
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In 1992, Richard Christensen, Kevin Meredith, and Richard Palmer formed a new partnership under the name of JRC Inc. This new entity was carefully shaped by the values of its new principals. They adopted a commitment to “People, Products, and Service” and as they concentrated their focus on these ideals, the new company thrived and grew. The goal was to provide their customers with the best service available in the market through innovation, integrity, and the brightest employees in the business. With this course set, the partners strengthened the company into the leading lighting representative agency in the state.
When Richard Christensen elected to retire, Kevin and Rich purchased the business which continued to grow for the next 19 years under their remarkable leadership. After many years and many positions with JRC, Kurt Miller joined as a Jr. Partner in 2006 and began to take a more active leadership role.
During this time, JRC maintained their focus on People, Products, and Service to become “The Solutions Company”, successfully aiding their customers through all the phases of a lighting project.
In 2019, Kurt Miller and Esther Clawson stepped in as JRC’s new principals and leaders as Kevin and Rich step away from the day to day operations. They continue to focus on the ideals of their mentors as they guide JRC through the new world of doing business.
PEOPLE. JRC’s team of employees have 100’s of years of combined experience so customers can rely on them in whatever capacity they require. The Sales Department includes six Lighting Consultants (LC) for your design needs to provide layouts and to answer your product and technical questions. There is a dedicated Controls Team with the brightest and most creative members to provide cradle to grave controls design, programming, and startup. Especially for the distributor and contractor customers, there are the Quotations, Project Management Departments, and Customer Service Departments. The Quotations Team is set to provide the most accurate and timely pricing for the rapid pace of today’s construction industry. A dedicated Project Manager is provided for each project for outstanding start to finish management of your job. The Customer Service Team assists their clients with stock management, warranty issues, as well as the concerns that arise that may not be related to any project. JRC’s support staff is always available to lend a hand where required to assist the other departments in their tasks.
PRODUCTS. JRC represents the highest quality, industry-leading lighting and controls manufacturers from around the globe. The line card is diverse and includes high end architectural selections to contractor grade options. This provides JRC the ability to deliver nearly any type of project, such as resort communities, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, civil/utility facilities, educational centers, and healthcare projects. The diversity of JRC’s offerings allows them to maintain quality and design while balancing physical and financial constraints.
SERVICE. JRC’s primary goal is to provide the best service in Utah to each individual involved in a project which includes the architects, engineers, lighting designers, contractors, and distributors. JRC’s services reflect the capabilities of their people, going beyond traditional design practices by pursuing an in-depth understanding of the project’s design requirements, energy constraints and other specifics to the projects’ development and construction. The specifications team, quotations team, and project management departments collaborate closely with each of the involved disciplines to coordinate the initial design of a project all the way to delivery and installation of the lighting and controls packages.