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Mayer Announces Branch Realignment

Mayer President Wes Smith recently announced that the Birmingham, Alabama-based electrical distributor will consolidate or close seven branches across the company’s footprint. The company will consolidate branches in Olean, New York; Meadville, Pennsylvania; Indiana, Pennsylvania; and Somerset, Pennsylvania. Branches that will be closed include Knoxville, Tennessee; Greenville, North Carolina; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The re-alignment is a result of Mayer’s normal business processes that include a periodic review of current and future performance at each location. “Like all companies, Mayer goes through an annual planning process that includes a review of performance and potential and, despite unique external circumstances, this year is no different” Smith said.

“After a comprehensive review of the markets and the prospects for future growth in these areas, we have concluded we can either service these markets from another nearby location, or our investment would be better redeployed to other areas,” Smith added.

Mayer Associates in the affected locations have been informed, and many will have the opportunity to remain with Mayer in nearby locations. “We will honor those who leave Mayer by assisting them with their transitions and we thank them for their service to our company and customers,” Smith said.

The transitions in each location will be completed by the end of the year.

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United Electric Supply Wins Delaware Top Workplaces Award

United Electric Supply in Wilmington, Delaware has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The News Journal. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey and this is the compa-ny’s second time receiving the recognition. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, and connection.

“At United, we lead with culture. Our employee-owners are the foundation of our company’s success and it’s evident that they take pride in our core values and culture,” said George Vorwick, president and CEO, United Electric Supply.

As a two-time recipient, the company takes pride in being the supplier of choice for electrical products, services, and solutions with a commitment to independent employee ownership. United Electric has a history of promoting teamwork and individual responsibility while encouraging lifelong learning to develop our talent from within and provide our employees a rewarding career path.

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Service Electric Supply Capitalizes on Inventory Accuracy with Personal Touch

Southeast Michigan’s Service Electric Supply Inc. has selected Savance Enterprise’s ERP platform for next-generation growth. The electrical supplier migrated from Array in an effort to gain better insight into inventory management and reporting while upholding its values as a leading service provider to their client base.

“Our goal was to find a solution with an architecture that could be expanded,” President and CEO Eric Braidwood said. “Our old system just did not provide the flexibility we required, which hindered both future operations and growth.”

All that changed when the electrical distributor was introduced to Savance Enterprise’s forward-thinking ERP. The software distribution platform has been gaining traction with electrical distributors by catering to what they do best: customer support.

“We know that in today’s market, you can’t lose track of your most valuable assets—your customers. While so many other software companies are automating customer support, we are simply picking up the phone and providing them the attention they deserve,” said Savance’s Vice President Jason Plasencia.

It was Savance’s commitment to customer service that persuaded Service Electric Supply to make the software move. Braidwood said that is where “bigger software companies are simply not as attractive.”

“When you decide to make a huge change such as undertaking a new software solution, you need to know the company you selected will be there if you hit bumps in the road,” Braidwood said. “With Savance, we were able to simply pick up the phone and talk to someone.”

It is that same type of accessibility that helped streamline the transition process, enabling Service Electrical Supply to get to the data they previously lacked. “When we made the switch, it was like a light went on. Suddenly, we had real-time data and were able to see areas of our business we did not have the insight into for years. Now that we do, we can make decisions, act faster and simply get ahead of what our customers demand,” Braidwood said. “Reorder points and reorder quantities were static [with our previous system]. Now, we can see when trends change and when purchase patterns change. The system is already factoring that in so we can get better and more accurate standard fill rates.”

Savance’s Windows- and web-based technology is available on premise or in the cloud, making it the right fit for the way you do business.

Looking toward the future, the team at Service Electric Supply is confident its accurate inventory management will strengthen even more customer relationships. “Manu-facturers are not just rating us on how much we buy from them, but also on how easy we are as a customer to do business with, and I think Savance Enterprise has really helped with that,” Braidwood said.

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Summit Names VP of Supply Chain, VP of Industrial Sales

Summit Electric Supply recently announced that Cedric Ravet has joined the company as vice president of supply chain and John Peterson as vice president of industrial sales.

Ravet will assume responsibility for supply chain including operations, logistics, procurement, inventory management and supplier relations. In this critical role, Ravet will manage the company’s product offering, with a keen focus on supplier rationalization and cost negotiation to establish proper alignment and fit across the business. Additionally, Ravet will manage Summit’s inventory flow ensuring effi-ciency within Summit’s supply chain, from placing orders with suppliers to final delivery to the company’s customers.

Ravet has spent the past 24 years at Rexel, working in key leadership positions across the business, spending time in national, regional and branch roles. Over this time, Ravet held positions in supplier relations, marketing, inventory management, procurement, pricing, operations and logistics.

Peterson will report to and work closely with Senior Vice President of Sales Robert Case in growing the company’s industrial business throughout the Gulf Coast.

Peterson has strong ties to Summit, having served as president and CEO of Warren Electric Group for several years prior to Summit’s acquisition of the company. Following his time at Warren, Peterson served as vice president of marketing at Cooper Industries before moving over to Emerson Industrial Automation where he has been for the past 17 years serving as executive vice president of global sales.

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Susan Barrington Retires from Parrish-Hare

Susan Barrington spent the last 31 years serving Parrish-Hare in various capacities. During much of her time at the company she handled most of the incoming calls.

Barrington was the voice and personality of the company. Her coworkers will miss her daily presence at the office, but wish her many years of healthy, enjoyable retirement.

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Warshauer Appoints New Branch Director

Warshauer Electric Supply, a New Jersey-based electrical wholesaler, recently announced the promotion of Ron Vilardi, who will assume the role of a branch director based out of the company’s Parsippany location.

Vilardi joined the Warshauer team a little more than six months ago and has impressively climbed up the ranks. He worked very closely with the management team and took on a hybrid role of inside sales, outside sales and tool/hardware specialist. He will now assume responsibility for executing a majority of the daily branch management responsibilities.

Prior to Warshauer, Vilardi was employed at Greenlee Tools/Emerson, where he spent the last two and a half years as an account manager in New York and New Jersey.

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