1. Larry Spraragen
    Larry Spraragen
  2. Donald Spraragen
    Donald Spraragen
  3. Benjamin Spraragen
    Benjamin Spraragen
  4. Chris Spraragen
    Chris Spraragen
Schenectady Hardware & Electric (SH&E) was founded in 1923 by Benjamin Spraragen. Benjamin Spraragen was one of the first graduates of Union College’s electrical engineering program. Wiring hundreds of houses by day and running the hardware store by night, Benjamin labored uninterrupted during the Great Depression.  In fact, he was one of the first in the country to convert gas lights to electric.

His son, Donald served as president/CEO from 1982-93. He grew the residential business and expanded into light commercial industry. Grandson Larry stepped in to lead from 1993 to 2008, and under his leadership the company grew to become the largest electrical contracting firm in the area. The current President/CEO, Chris has been driving the business forward since 2008 and, like his predecessors, is leaving his mark on some of the region’s most significant buildings.
For nearly 100 years, Schenectady Hardware & Electric has been lighting up the Capital Region as the most premier Union electrical contractor. Four generations of Spraragen’s have proudly been at the helm of SH&E and each generation has put its mark on the community. We are committed to excellence in our legacy and will continue our family’s traditions for many years to come!