Our History


Capitol Starter Service Corp was founded in 1993 by Bette Middlebrooks and her late husband, Harold. With their combined experiences in the trades, they brought a solution to the railroad industry by providing a starter service that was both efficient and robust.

Now, we pride ourselves in being woman-owned and bringing a family atmosphere to the workplace. These things have attracted highly-skilled employees that bring years of trade experience that allows us to continue our highly efficient and robust processes and solutions for the modern demands in the railroad industry.

Key Players

Steve Sparr, General Manager

Cell Phone: (501) 779-5631

Email: spsparr@sbcglobal.net


Steve worked 43 years with Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroads. He held positions as Machinist, Supervisor, Manager, Director and Sr. Director. He retired from UPRR as Sr. Director Locomotive Facilities, responsible for North Little Rock Jenks Shop, Running Repair and Servicing facilities at North Little Rock, AR, Pine Bluff, AR and Kansas City MO/KS. Steve is also retired military, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant after serving 34 years in the Marine Corps, Marine Reserve and Air National Guard. He has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, BS and MS in Business Management.

Ed Tetley, Quality Manager

Ed worked 42 years for the Union Pacific railroad. He held positions of sheet metal worker/pipefitter, supervisor, foreman general and quality manager. He retired from UPRR as foreman general of quality, responsible for the quality processes at North Little Rock Jenks shop which included several component businesses and locomotive rebuild operations. Ed is also a former CQA and CWI and has 17 years experience in quality working with the AAR M1003 quality standard. Ed is responsible for quality assurance procedures, continually improving the quality and manufacturing processes, and ensuring that all products built/rebuilt meet customer expectations/specifications. He is responsible for warranty determination, documentation, and processing.

Aimee Middlebrooks, Secretary/Treasurer

Years of Experience: 17 years

Amy, the daughter of Capitol’s founder, Harold Middlebrooks, began working in 1995 as Office Manager. Her responsibilities have included handling all of the administrative duties and customer relations for Capitol Starter.

Garry Schott, Technical Supervisor

Years of Experience: 47 years

Garry has 47 years experience in heavy duty automotive repair/ management, electrical component rebuild, and electrical parts. Garry was employed for 17 years by Pacific and Nevada Bell. He held several posistions including developing maintenance training programs,teaching maintenance and electrical classes and managing their entire fleet vehicle purchasing program. Garry was owner and manager of his own electrical parts warehouse and rebuilding facility. Just prior to Garry coming on board with Capitol Starter Service he was a contract sales person for a major electrical supply company and an independent repair person for commercial power inverters.

Pat Kelley, Shop Supervisor

Bio coming soon.

John “Jackie” Harvey, Master Builder/Trainer

Years of Experience: 17 years

Jackie is a charter member of Capitol Starter Service and has been with the company since it’s inception in 1993. He has over 17 years of experience rebuilding starters, alternators and electrical components.

Other Valuable Team Members