Garvin Electrical Industries is a family business that is over a century old. It does business as a multinational corporation with manufacturing plants in the United States, Mexico, China and India. The story of how Garvin Electrical came to be a multinational behemoth is truly an American original. Samuel Suffrin Garvin immigrated to the United States in the 1800s to escape starving to death in Ireland due to the potato famine. He was a gifted engineer and ended up landing a spot in Thomas Edison's posse right when Edison was debuting the incandescent light bulb in 1893. He spun off from Edison and created his own successful business wiring homes and business in Chicago for electricity. Garvin had success and the company grew steadily over the years into an enterprise recognized worldwide.