Graybar, a Fortune 500 company, specializes in supply chain management services, and is a leading North American distributor of high quality components, equipment, and materials. We serve the construction market, the commercial, institutional, and government (CIG) market, and the industrial and utility markets. Graybar products and services support new construction, infrastructure updates, building renovation, facility maintenance, repair and operations, and original equipment manufacturing.
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Bob Lyons to retire; Dennis DeSousa named to new role
ST. LOUIS, June 9, 2020 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that Regional Vice President Robert C. Lyons will retire on August 1, 2020, after 41 years with the company. Lyons is a member of the company’s Board of Directors, serving on several committees and as a Voting Trustee of the corporation. Upon his retirement, he will step down from his committee responsibilities, as well as his role as a member of Graybar’s Board of Directors and as a Voting Trustee.
Graybar also announced the election of Dennis E. DeSousa to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager, effective August 1, 2020. DeSousa currently serves as Regional Vice President for the company’s western region, a position he has held since 2017. In his expanded role, he will have responsibility for all of Graybar’s districts, as well as certain subsidiaries.
“On behalf of Graybar's employees, shareholders and Board of Directors, I thank Bob Lyons for his extraordinary contributions to the company. Bob is a remarkable leader who has earned the trust and respect of those around him, and we wish him all the best in his retirement," said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, Graybar's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We also congratulate Dennis DeSousa on his new assignment. Dennis is a highly effective leader who will play a vital role in moving our business forward for the future.”
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 288 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.niannian18.icu or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
Two Rivers Electric and Mechanical is a commercial electrical solutions provider based in Clarksville, Tennessee, with a second location in Alabama.
Traditional heavy wire reels were a significant pain point for Two Rivers Electric, which spent a lot of time managing, handling and pulling wire on the jobsite. Without access to a forklift, just moving the wire around required six or more workers, creating a safety issue and a significant time suck on staff.
“It’s very labor intensive to move wire reels around,” said Jeremie Royal, Electrical Estimator at Two Rivers Electric. “There’s always the risk one of our employees could get hurt. And logistically, manpower-wise, it costs a lot of time and money. It used to take six or seven guys three to four hours and that’s to get just one wire pulled.”
Two Rivers needed a better way to move wire and make installation as fast and painless as possible.
HOW GRAYBAR HELPED
Graybar introduced Two Rivers to the SmartReel? portable payout system, and demonstrated how the contractor could realize quicker, pain-free material staging and installation.
“We’re always listening for ways to save man-hours,” said Jeremie. “The Graybar team came in and presented how they could improve our wire pulls. The team said they could set it up so we wouldn’t even have to touch the wire except to install it.”
Ultimately, Graybar set Two Rivers up with SmartReels, as well as A-Frame reels and a mobile trailer onsite for storage.
“All of our setup time was eliminated,” said Jeremie. “The biggest thing is the safety of my employees, and the way Graybar sets up the wire on SmartReels and A-Frames can eliminate that risk.”
It was quick and easy for Two Rivers to switch over to using SmartReels and A-Frames.
“The first day we used SmartReels we had five guys on site and we didn’t even need that many,” said Jeremie. “My guys didn’t need to move the SmartReel as promised and the process went from taking three to four hours to just 35 minutes.”
In addition to saving time, Two Rivers drastically reduced the number of employee hours needed for each wire pull. Instead of needing six or seven workers on site they only needed three.
“We figured out we only needed about three people on the jobsite going forward,” said Jeremie. “It was all too easy compared to what we are used to. Between the hours we save per pull and the fewer employees needed, we can gain almost one percent of the project back.”
It’s also easy for Jeremie’s team to see how much wire they have left. “You can physically see what’s available and let Graybar know what is getting low, and it also makes for a neat presentable appearance on the jobsite,” said Jeremie.
Replenishing materials is another benefit of working with Graybar. The Two Rivers team can reorder what they need right from their smartphones. “I can email Graybar from my phone and let them know what material I need,” said Jeremie. “My employees don’t have to spend time going to the supply house themselves. It puts the supply house to work for me, instead of me working for the supply house.”
“We’ve been using Graybar wire for three years now, and I will go back to them continuously because they make my job easier,” said Jeremie. “No one has been able to touch Graybar on wire, price or service.”
Deadline Extended! Students Apply @ poweringtrades.com?by May 15, 2020
There is a labor shortage across the construction trades, and Graybar wants to help.
The National Electrical Contractors Association says that 7,000 electricians join the electrical industry each year, but more than 10,000 retire.
“With retirement on the horizon for many skilled professionals, the industry is in need of new ways to fill the talent gap,” said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella. “The lack of skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline means that projects fall behind, costs rise and companies start to decline opportunities. The Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship allows us to make a positive difference by increasing awareness of careers in the construction trades and removing barriers to entry for young people with financial needs.”
Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship
Launched earlier this year, the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship is available to high-school students nationwide and aims to reduce the cost of attending a trade school or participating in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program.
Each award recipient of a Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship will receive $1,000, renewable for a second year to total $2,000. Graybar will award up to 50 of these scholarships.
In order to be eligible for the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship, applicants must:
Students can find the link to apply for the scholarship at poweringtrades.com. Applicants must register and apply through Scholarship Central, a platform hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation. In addition to the applicant link, there is a host of information at poweringtrades.com. This includes program requirements, downloadable flyers and posters, and a list of frequently asked questions.
The deadline for the 2020 scholarship application has been extended to May 15. Recipients will be announced later this year.
To Graybar Customers and Suppliers,
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations.
We are open for business and continue to serve customers. We also have a contingency plan to support customers in case any of our individual locations become impacted.
As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are doing everything we can to maintain our normal work schedule in accordance with?CDC?guidelines around workplace health, safety and social distancing.
Graybar has been asked to help in a number of ways, one of which involves donating essential supplies to hospitals. We encourage you to join us in donating items needed to keep America’s infrastructure running.
Graybar has the logistics, experience and inventory to help our customers and suppliers navigate these difficult times. We are here to help, and we will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.
If you need assistance, please contact your local branch or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
With 8,700 employees in 289 locations across North America including Canada and Puerto Rico, Graybar is a national company with local career opportunities, including:
Interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades? Click here to learn about Graybar’s new scholarship program.
??Named to FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list for the 17th year (2019)
??No. 415?on the FORTUNE 500 ranking of America’s largest companies (2020)
??Named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta, the California Bay Area, South Carolina and Edison and Teterboro (2019)
??No. 11 on the National Center for Employee Ownership “Employee Ownership 100” list (2019)
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??No. 4 on the Modern Distribution Management Market Leaders list (2019)
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??No. 5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 150 Privately Held Companies list (2019)
??2019 Private Board of the Year Award by Private Company Director, Directors and Boards and Family Business magazines
? Awarded the BBB Torch Award for the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and business ethics (2019)
? Awarded Vertex Innovation Award for applying tax technology in unique ways to overcome business challenges and drive value (2019)
As a leading North American distributor, Graybar operates with one clear mission: to serve as the vital link in the supply chain, adding value for customers and suppliers with innovative solutions and services. Graybar’s strategy is to sustain the organization as an independent and employee-owned company, while achieving the results that position the company as an industry leader and allows Graybar to work to the advantage of those it serves.