In 1925, "Mr. Sam," as his first employees referred to him, and a fellow Washington University graduate, Herman Spoehrer, formed a partnership, S&S Electric Company. The one-room company and two electricians was renamed S. C. Sachs Company in the early 1930's.
S. C. Sachs Company began most of its heavy industrial and power plant work in the 1930's and 40's which included the design/build contract for the flood and stadium lighting illuminating Sportsman's Park, home of the St. Louis Browns baseball team.
The boom period throughout the 1950's extended Sachs' electrical engineering expertise into apartment complexes, World's Fair building refurbishment in Forest Park, and the construction of many new shopping centers. Louis S. Sachs returned from the Korean War in 1953 to become the new President of Sachs Electric Company.
Sam Sachs passed away in 1980, the beginning of a decade marking Sachs Electric's increase to 600 employees and over $60 million in revenue. Projects also extended as far as Pago Pago and American Samoa with the installation of tuna canneries.
In August of 1990, the employees of Sachs Electric Company, led by the four principal operating officers, acquired 100 percent of Sachs Electric Company's stock to buy out the sixty-five-year-old family business. The start of the second subsidiary, Sachs Civil, Inc., renamed from the Civil Department, was followed by the creation of the third subsidiary, Sachs Systems, to service the network and communications aspects of electrical construction. 1995 marked Sachs Electric's first acquisition with the addition of Sachs Automation (formerly Brown Automation), an instrumentation and process control contractor.
The first half of 2000 was filled with a multitude of changes for Sachs Electric. The company went through a reorganization and also later moved its corporate headquarters to Fenton, Missouri in the fall of 2002. The new 95,000 square-foot facility, which is 50 percent larger than the space previously occupied, enables Sachs to enhance operational efficiency by consolidating operations under one roof.
At the close of 2002, former CEO, Robert J. Murdick, P.E., passed the leadership responsibility to Clayton M. Scharff, P.E. Clay is the first CEO since the buyout who was not part of the original management team, thus assuring the continuity of employee ownership into the future.
Samuel C. Sachs’ vision for his company continues to be realized today, as Sachs is currently ranked 15th by Engineering News Record (ENR) and is recognized as an industry leader in power generation, industrial installations, health care and research facilities, commercial buildings, and all types of advanced technology projects.