Inline Electric Supply Acquires TVW Electrical Supplies
Inline Electric Supply Co. acquired TVW Electrical Supplies as of September 30. Over the last 12 years, Kent Lawrence and his team have become the go-to electrical supply business in Decatur, Alabama. As part of Inline Electric Supply Co., their capabilities to service the Decatur area customers will be significantly expanded in numerous areas.
Inline Electric Supply began operating in Huntsville in 1988 and has now grown to 21 locations across Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
Both companies share similar visions of doing everything possible to service customers every day and with TVW Electrical Supplies employees now becoming employee-owners, they will be even more equipped to provide that service.
“Inline started as a small business in Huntsville with a handful of employees, so adding a branch that holds the same values and beliefs that we already strive to maintain is a natural fit,” shared Bruce Summerville, president of Inline Electric. “We’re excited to have Kent and his team on board and look forward to great success in Decatur.”
TVW marks the second acquisition for Inline Electric Supply in 2023. Inline also opened a 109,000-square-foot distribution center in Tanner, Alabama located directly on the 65 corridor between Birmingham and Nashville to better serve customers throughout all of its locations. Inline is 100% employee-owned and one of Inc.’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America in 2023.
For more information, visit inlineelectric.com.
Mathes Group Opens New Location
In celebration of its 50th year in business, Mathes Electric Supply Co./The Mathes Group has successfully opened its fifth electrical supply warehouse. They now have three locations in Florida: Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City and two locations in Alabama: Foley and Daphne.
The Mathes Group has plans to continue expanding and continuing this growth for years to come.
The new location is located at 206 East 15th Street, Panama City, Florida and will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, visit mathesgroup.com.
CECA and ACES Collaborate to Host Apprenticeship Graduation and Oyster Roast
The Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA), a leading organization in electrical apprenticeship programs, held its annual apprenticeship graduation and oyster roast at its North Charleston, South Carolina headquarters training facility on November 9 with more than 150 in attendance, including graduates, their sponsors, families, CECA members and supporting partners such as Atlantic Coast Electric Supply (ACES). The collaborative spirit and support from the electrical contractor community contributed to making this event successful.
Butch Clift, who manages the apprenticeship program for CECA, said he was extremely pleased with the size of the graduating class and the enthusiastic attendance as well as participation from the electrical professionals in the Charleston area. A total of 42 graduates were honored, receiving their well-deserved achievement certificates. Within the graduating class, 11 individuals successfully concluded the electrical apprenticeship program, 20 excelled in Projection Supervision, and another 11 graduated from the Project Manager program. CECA took pride in recognizing each graduating student with gifts, generously provided by the organization, manufacturers like Klein Tools and supporting distributors such as ACES. Notably, ACES, headquartered close to the CECA facility in Summerville, South Carolina, played a significant role in enhancing the graduation event’s overall success. ACES’ photo booth enriched the overall experience of the evening, making it a memorable and enjoyable occasion for everyone in attendance.
Casey Getz, vice president of the Charleston area, said, “As a company, ACES has a commitment to supporting our industry at all levels. The CECA Apprenticeship Program is one of the ways we can give back to our industry and help it continue to grow. ACES will continue to help support and grow the education of our industry at all levels.”
For more information, visit atlanticcoastelectricsupply.com.
Republic Opens HVAC and Electrical Distribution Center and Training Lab
Republic Companies hosted a successful grand opening of its state-of-the-art distribution center and cutting-edge HVAC and electrical training facility in Grimes, Iowa. The milestone event attracted nearly 100 mechanical and electrical contractors from the surrounding area, opening the door for new business avenues both for Republic and their manufacturer partners: Johnson Controls (Luxaire), Mitsubishi Heating and Air Conditioning, Southwark, GREE, Nu-Calgon, Aspen Manufacturing, Rapid Locking Systems, Leviton, SATCO, Acuity Lighting and many more.
Throughout the day, contractors, technicians and business owners from the HVAC and electrical industries had the opportunity to tour the entire 22,500-square-foot facility, meet face-to-face with the Republic team, as well as Republic’s manufacturer partners. The main attraction was the 2,500-square-foot training lab, featuring 18 stations, designed to empower contractors with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in today’s industry.
Todd Wade, president of Republic’s Mechanical Division, emphasized the importance of training in the HVAC and electrical sector, stating, “In the HVAC and electrical world, training has never been more critical for our contractor partners than it is today and will be in the foreseeable future.”
Wade further expressed that the grand opening of this facility exemplifies Republic’s unwavering commitment to equipping customers with the tools, resources and support necessary for success.
Bob Teare, vice president of mechanical sales at Republic, highlighted the customer-centric approach that sets this training facility and distribution center apart. “Together with our manufacturing partners, we are strategically addressing the needs of today and anticipating the needs of the future to monitor and support the needs of the HVAC and electrical contracting communities.”
The event welcomed nearly 100 HVAC and electrical contractors providing opportunities for knowledge exchange, networking, and relationship building. Attendees had the chance to explore the facility, meet the dedicated Republic team behind this project, savor delicious food from local favorites including Smokey D’s, The Outside Scoop and Flame, and network with esteemed vendor partners like Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi Heating and Air Conditioning, Rapid Locking Systems, Leviton, SATCO, Acuity, GREE and many more.
For more information, visit republicco.com.
K/E Electric, Mars Electric Commit to Next Level Now Campaign
The NAED Education & Research Foundation (NERF) is excited to announce K/E Electric Supply’s $25,000 and Mars Electric’s $75,000 investments in the Next Level Now Campaign.
K/E has provided its customers with exceptional service and satisfaction for more than 30 years. The organization’s investment in the campaign will enable the continued improvement of the electrical distribution channel for years to come. The Foundation extends a warm thanks to K/E Electric Supply for its contribution and commitment to the future.
Rock Kuchenmeister, president, K/E Electric Supply Corp, said, “Investing in the NAED Education & Research Foundation is an investment in the future of this great industry we share. By coming together, we can continue to foster the exceptional service our customers expect and fortify the channel for generations to come.”
Mars Electric, a distinguished third-generation family-owned and operated distributor, has deep-seated roots tracing back to 1952. What truly distinguishes Mars Electric is the unwavering commitment to excellence in service and quality, a commitment that has been passionately upheld and handed down from generation to generation.
Mars Electric’s contribution of $75,000 to the Next Level Now Campaign demonstrates its dedication to the industry’s growth and development. NAED extends its heartfelt appreciation to Mars Electric for becoming a valued member of the Benefactor Circle for the Next Level Now Campaign and looks forward to the positive impact its support will have on the foundation’s mission.
“It is essential that our industry collaborates to ensure the distribution channel remains strong for generations to come,” Michael Doris, president of Mars Electric said. “Mars Electric proudly supports this worthy initiative and believes in the value it can provide across our industry.”
For more information about the campaign, email NERF@naed.org.
From the Super Bowl to Super Charged
One of the highest-rated commercials to air during the 2022 Super Bowl was a recreation of the Soprano’s introduction where Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler reprise their roles in an advertisement for Chevy’s new electric Chevy Silverado. The commercial ends with Sigler plugging her truck into a waiting EV charging station at Bahrs Landing.
The original EV charging station provided for the commercial shoot was very problematic and had to be replaced several times. Bahrs ownership turned to Warshauer’s Green Energy Division for a more reliable solution. Warshauer created a custom turnkey solution for equipment, installation and design services using state-of-the-art JuiceBox commercial charging stations from Enel-X to outfit Bahrs Landing.
Jason Gumbaz, director of green technology at Warshauer Electric Supply, said, “After a complete site evaluation, we provided four 32-amp Enel-X JuiceBox chargers mounted on stainless steel pedestals to protect against the harsh riverfront environment. We even partnered with a local electrician to provide a complete turn-key solution. The JuiceBox solution worked flawlessly as we assisted in commissioning the chargers and helped with filling out the rebate paperwork to maximize the ROI for Bahrs Landing.”
Bahrs Landing ownership was thrilled with Enel X as a solution from a business perspective since they retain all the funds from reselling their energy to EV drivers as opposed to most other companies retaining 10%.
For more information, visit warshauer.com.
Gordon Electric Supply Announces Two New Hires
Gordon Electric Supply announced the addition of Jen Boerema to the accounting team and Max Sliker to the purchasing department.
Boerema joins Gordon as an accounts payable specialist and brings more than 12 years of accounting experience, most recently as an administrative assistant in the accounting department of a local transportation company.
In her role at Gordon, Boerema is in contact with the sales team and many of its vendors to make sure that invoices, purchase orders and freight information are correct and are paid in a timely manner. She will move to the Mokena office after training in Kankakee.
“Jen fits in well with the accounts payable team,” says Gerry Faron, controller at Gordon. “Her vast experience is evident in the quality of her work.”
Sliker has a decade of combined experience in customer service, commodity purchasing and warehouse operations. He brings this previous purchasing and scheduling experience to his new role at Gordon where he will develop relationships with vendor representatives and maintain stock service levels within established guidelines.
Purchasing Supervisor Justin Roberson says, “Max’s experience and drive made him an ideal candidate for this role. We couldn’t be happier with him becoming the newest member of the purchasing group.”
For more information, visit gordonelectricsupply.com.
Warshauer Adds New Head of Safety & Security
As Warshauer Electric Supply continues to broaden its reach as one of the largest independently owned electrical distributors in the country, maintaining safeguards and security remain top priorities. With this in mind, the company announced that John
Riley has assumed the role of a newly created position, head of safety & security, for all branches of Warshauer Electric Supply.
He will report directly to Jim Dunn, executive vice president of Warshauer.
Prior to starting at Warshauer, Riley gained vast experience in safety measures and security, most recently as a safety specialist supervisor at Haztek Safety Management. He is a graduate of Monmouth University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business management.
“This addition signals a seismic shift here at Warshauer and it will not be business as usual,” Dunn said. “John will work closely with the entire Management Team to create and implement new Standard Operating Procedures to ensure full compliance and accountability.”
For more information, visit warshauer.com.
USESI’s Mark Bucci Retires
After a 42-year career in the electrical distribution industry, with 10 years spent at USESI, Executive Vice President Mark Bucci has announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year.
In a farewell note, USESI President and CEO Randy Eddy shared his well wishes for Bucci: During his tenure with us, Mark has not only been a vital part of our team but also a cherished colleague and friend. His knowledge, expertise, and steadfast dedication have undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping our company into what it is today. Although we are sad to see Mark go, we are equally excited for him as he steps into a well-earned retirement. It’s a time for Mark to relax, explore new hobbies, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Mark has always been a key supporter of IMARK Electrical. He served as Chairman of the IMARK Supplier committee and has served on the IMARK Executive Committee which provides guidance and direction to the IMARK Electrical management team. According to Steve Wright, IMARK Electrical VP, Supplier Relations, “Mark’s industry knowledge and product expertise made him the perfect person to lead the Supplier Committee. He is a calm and deliberate decision maker. IMARK Electrical members owe Mark a debt of gratitude. We will miss him both personally and professionally.”
For more information, visit usesi.com.
Don Ring Retires from Warshauer Electric Supply
Don Ring came to Warshauer in 1999 after a long and successful career at Monarch Electric Supply, and he made an immediate impact as the branch manager of the company’s New Brunswick location. The greatest mark of any good leader is the ability to perform required duties effectively and efficiently, while maintaining a stable team underneath him. New Brunswick has had almost historic low turnover during Ring’s 24 years at the helm—an amazing accomplishment.
On November 27, Joe Cuccurullo assumed the duties of New Brunswick branch manager and worked very closely with Ring and his team to ensure the transition is smooth and successful.
For more information, visit warshauer.com.