About Us

Optimizing Production, Customizing Solutions.

Beacon Industrial Group is a manufacturer’s representative that is proud to have served our valued customers in the Southeast since 1958. We understand how devastating it can be to have a line down or product rejection due to quality issues. That is why we are readily available to discuss your problems and find a product or solution that works best for you. Your success is our success, and we know training is essential to that success. Hence, besides products of the highest quality and innovation, we offer educational seminars, on-site training, and the latest advancements in measurement & control. Through these services and products, it is our hope that we will become a valued addition to your business. The most common industries we serve are plastics, food, medical, pharmaceutical, electrical, utility, coating, printing, chemical and OEM. Let us prove how much we can help you.

Meet the Guys

Our guys have over 60 years experience in the manufacturing representative business.  We are proud to say they find solutions every day that help our customers save time and money.  They would love the opportunity to assist your company as well!



Dean Cunningham

(Salisbury, NC office)



President - Dean graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Biological and Agriculture Engineering, and a Masters in Civil Engineering-Environmental. He joined Beacon in 1983 and he and his partner bought the company in 2002. Dean has three grown children, and a wife who occupy a lot of his "off-time". He enjoys traveling, especially to the NC Mountains, where he grew up and out west. He enjoys most sports particularly golf and tennis.

Chris Strickland

(Clayton Office)



Vice President - Chris has over 15 years experience in the electrical industry, including commercial, industrial, and voice & data/media systems.  He completed two years of study at Johnston Technical Community College and two additional years of study at North Carolina. Chris is married and has three children. He enjoys his family, sports, and music.

Tom Castleberry

(Georgia Office)



Tom has Electronics training in USAF. One year of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech and a Business Degree from the University of Georgia. He has a background that includes designing & selling Control Systems for Industrial Facilities. Tom enjoys playing the guitar, and fishing when he is not working with church projects or raising his daughter.

Joel Cunningham

(St. Augustine, FL Office)

Joel attended University of North Carolina at Asheville on a full tennis scholarship majored in  Business and minor in Engineering.  He moved to Florida in 1992 and worked with several engineering / surveying firms.  Prior to joining Beacon in 2013 he worked as a Procurement Manager for Newcastle Marine super yacht division in Palm Coast Florida.  Joel is a licensed boat captain and enjoys fishing, Tennis, Hiking with his wife and dog in his spare time.