is for continuous business partnership for at least 10 years. Members recognized were Granite City Electric Supply, Quincy, Mass.; The Hite Company, Altoona, Pa.; Kandel Brothers, Middletown, N. Y.; Graves/Winlectric, Spring, Texas; Springfield Electric Supply, Spring- field, Ill.; Wiseway Supply, Florence, Ky.; and Womack Electric Supply, Danville, Va. Two other electrical distributors— Needham Electric Supply, Canton, Mass., and Western Extralite/BSE, Liberty, Kan.—also received awards.
French Gerleman, Irby
Celebrate New Locations St. Louis-headquartered French Ger- leman is opening a new facility in Springfield, Mo. The new location— the company’s sixth—is hosting an open house on May 10. Meanwhile, Irby, a Jackson, Mississippi-headquartered subsidiary of Sonepar USA, held the grand open- ing of its new Oklahoma City facility
on April 5. The event featured 25 key vendors showcasing products and offered the more than 350 customer attendees the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about new industry products, enjoy lunch, and register for prizes—including a Bad Boy Onslaught ATV.
Klein Tools Honors Fallen
Linemen with Donations In honor of National Lineman Ap- preciation Day, Klein Tools donated $12,000 to three nonprofit organi- zations that provide aid and assis- tance to the families of fallen linemen. The company also introduced a new Limited Edition Fallen Linemen Tribute Pliers.
Legrand Helps Wounded
Veterans with $161K Donation During two annual sales meetings this year, three Legrand divisions held fundraisers to benefit Building Homes for Heroes. The two events raised more than $80,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by Legrand, for a total donation of $161,000. The funds were raised by Legrand sales teams, executive leaders, and participating partners and will be used to build new homes for veterans and to install appropriate home auto- mation technologies. (Legrand is also donating home automation and elec- trical solutions.) “We’re really proud of the way Legrand stepped up and showed [its] support for our veterans, and for the wonderful work Building Homes for Heroes is doing on be- half of those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who return home with serious injuries,” said Paul Finnegan, executive vice president of sales at the Data Communications Division of Legrand. ;
› Fastenal Acquires MANSCO
Fastenal, Winona, Minn., has
acquired certain assets of
industrial and fastener supply
Supply Company (Mansco). The
company is headquartered in
Hudsonville, Mich., and has additional facilities in Madison, Ala.,
and McAllen, Texas.
› Winsupply Purchases
Winsupply, Dayton, Ohio, has
purchased Electrical Sales,
Vista, Calif., giving Winsupply
its first electrical distribution
location on the West Coast.
The company, which will continue to do business as Electrical Sales, has 38 employees
between its two locations (Vista
and San Diego).
› Eaton, Cummins Venture
Eaton and Cummins have
announced an agreement to
form a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-and medium-duty commercial
vehicles. The joint venture will
be named Eaton Cummins
› MLS Acquires LEDVANCE
MLS of Zhongshan, China,
along with co-investors IDG
Capital and Yiwu, has completed the acquisition of LEDVANCE from Munich-based
Osram Licht AG.
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Irby’s new location features a more efficient
40,000-plus-square-foot warehouse space
and a wider variety of inventory.