Company History

David M. Wolfford, Sr. (our founder and serving CEO) graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1957.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps nine days after graduation. He served three years in active duty and an additional three years in inactive duty.  He was honorable discharged in June of 1963.  Upon release from active duty in 1960, Dave worked as an electrician's helper with Walter C. Davis & Son, Inc., an Electrical Contractor located in Alexandria, Virginia.

He obtained his Journeyman's license in eighteen short months.  He was promoted to foreman six months later.  In 1969, he was again promoted to general field superintendent.  He was exposed to all forms of commercial construction by Walter C. Davis & Son, Inc., the largest non-union electrical contractor in Northern Virginia at that time.

In October of 1975, David, Sr. started David M. Wolfford & Son, Inc.  Between 1975, when the company originated and 1997, when he went into semi-retirement; DWE grew from a small two-man company doing various small electrical jobs to a bondable electrical contractor involved in the renovation and construction of various commercial and institutional buildings.  Many of the projects were banks; retail; churches, warehouses but the main claim to fame was schools.  DWE has become synonymous with school construction.  Since 1981, DWE has renovated and constructed over 350 school project and proudly states that DWE has never missed a school opening nor been assessed liquidated damages.

DWE mandated that honesty, integrity and looking out for the client would be the hallmark traits of our company.  This is true still to this day.

Upon Mr. Wofford’s semi-retirement, he appointed his son, David M. Wolfford, Jr., President to oversee the daily operations of the office and field personnel.  David Jr. (Skip) came to work for DWE full-time in October, 1978.  Skip began as an electrical apprentice and progressed through the positions of electrician, foreman, field superintendent, estimator, safety officer, project manager and vice-president.

Since those early days, DWE has grown in a controlled manner.  Growth was not for growth’s sake; but for the continued promotion of our employees.  DWE understands that the company is only as good as their employees.  That’s why DWE works very hard to support and improve the abilities of our employees.  Management believes that if DWE takes care of its employees; DWE’s employees will take care of her.

Currently, DWE employs over seventy full-time employees and has gross sales of twelve-million dollars per year.