A prominent Reston company that has been in business for 105 years abruptly shut its doors on July 21, and has so far not made any public statements about the status of the company which employed hundreds locally.
Truland Systems Inc., 1900 Oracle Way in Reston, is a third generation, family-owned electrical contractor firm with a history that extends back to 1909.
Parent company Truland Group, Inc., employs nearly 1,500 employees nationwide and the firm’s client list includes all cabinet-level federal agencies and several Fortune 1000 companies, according to its website.
In 2012, trade Industry magazine EC&M ranked Truland number eight on its annual listing of the nation’s top 50 electrical contractors, with revenues of $486 million from new construction, renovation, and maintenance contracts that year alone.
On Tuesday, a woman who answered the company’s phone but would not identify herself said Truland “had closed” and offered no further comment.That same day, company spokesperson Nancy Gordon-Brooks refused to comment on any potential closing, saying only that “no public statement has been issued” and she therefore was not at liberty to answer questions concerning the company’s status.
WJLA ABC7 reported Tuesday that some employees said they had received emails Sunday night telling them not to come to work Monday, while others were told that the previous Friday would be their last day.
Also on Tuesday, filings for Chapter 7 debt relief were filed by two Truland companies in two separate U.S. District Courts. Truland Service Corporation filed a request for relief in the amount of $528,338 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia from five electrical unions who represented Truland employees. Truland Systems Corporation filed an identical request for relief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Columbia naming the same five unions, but for a higher amount of $1,277,377.
In addition, a suit also filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of Virginia by a North Carolina woman claims that the Truland Group defaulted on a $1 million promissory note issued in 2010 to purchase Fairfax-based Walker Seal Electric Co.
The Reston-based company employed hundreds of local employees and was both active and influential in the Fairfax County community. Last April, Truland’s Chief Engineer Andrew Meyers--a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School--went back to his alma mater to participate in the school’s Alumni Career Fair, according to a Truland press release.