ST. LOUIS, Dec. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, has donated $250,000 to ELECTRI International in recognition of products purchased through Graybar and Graybar ESP(SM) program manufacturers* from Feb. 2-Nov. 30, 2010.
The donation will help ELECTRI further its mission to fund, conduct and monitor the electrical industry's critical research and deliver management education and supervisory training programs.
"ELECTRI's contributions to the industry are invaluable," said Robert A. Reynolds, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer of Graybar. "We are honored to support ELECTRI in its mission to further the industry through research programs and training."
"Graybar's generous contribution to ELECTRI helps us stimulate change," said Russ Alessi, president of ELECTRI. "With these significant new resources, we will continue to fund research on critical issues such as innovation in material handling, job supervision, and finding ways to attract the best and brightest to our industry. We are proud to have Graybar as one of ELECTRI's industry leaders."
ELECTRI was established in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association, the voice of the more than $100 billion industry responsible for lighting, power, and communication systems in buildings and communities across the United States. In partnership with NECA, ELECTRI works to help electrical contractors meet today's demands and tomorrow's challenges.
*Participating Graybar ESP program manufacturers included Square D, GE Lamps, ERICO, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper B-Line, Thomas & Betts, Panduit, Leviton, Hubbell and Wiremold.
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 nearly 240 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.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.