French Gerleman Celebrates 90 Years of Service

June 2013: St. Louis, MO – French Gerleman, an independent distributor of electrical, automation, datacom, power transmission and safety products, is celebrating 90 years in business, signifying a momentous milestone for the St. Louis-based firm. As a fifth generation, family owned business, French Gerleman has remained at the forefront of progress, creating new opportunities and helping to shape its industry.

Bill French, CEO   
Bill French, CEO
What started out as a small motor-repair shop in downtown St. Louis has grown into one of the nation’s leading suppliers of electrical, datacom, power transmission and safety equipment to industrial, commercial and construction markets. While French Gerleman’s technologies and services have evolved over the years, one attribute has remained the same: their commitment to service.

“Through embracing fresh ideas and new technology, we have been able to quickly respond to changes within our industry,” said Bill French, CEO of French Gerleman. “Our proactive approach to business has allowed us to grow organically, thus considerably strengthening our core and making us less susceptible to downturns within the market.”

French Gerleman has remained true to this commitment over its 90 year history through the introduction of many new services and products. A recent example is the addition of the safety division earlier this year, enhancing the lives of customers and employees alike. This new division focuses on increasing customer productivity through cutting-edge products and processes.

French Gerleman marked its entry in to the clean energy market with the construction of one of the area’s largest solar arrays at its St. Louis headquarters. The array is designed to test and demonstrate a wide range of components while affording customers the necessary education to help them make sound decisions.

While 2013 marks 90 years of business for French Gerleman, it also marks the 25th anniversary for the branch offices in Quincy, IL, and Columbia, MO, further establishing this family owned firm within the respected communities. In addition to both branches, French Gerleman also has offices in Kansas City, KS, and Washington, MO, maintaining a strong grasp of the Midwest region.

“Our commitment to growth goes beyond our product line and services, right down to the heart of our business—family,” said French. “By building a strong family culture, we have been able to not only retain employees, but watch them develop into strong, effective leaders.”

About French Gerleman:
French Gerleman is the region’s leading supplier of electrical, automation, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services to industrial, commercial and construction markets. Based in St. Louis, MO, French Gerleman has locations in Quincy, IL; Kansas City, KS; Columbia, MO; and Washington, MO. For more information, visit www.frenchgerleman.com.

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