January 4, 2011 – In an economic environment where many companies are still faced with shrinking markets and downsizing, one St. Louis based firm continues to invest in the local economy nearly doubling its space in anticipation of growth and new market opportunities. French Gerleman, an independent distributor of electrical, automation, datacom and power transmission equipment, will begin full operations in its new 174,000 square foot facility in Maryland Heights on January 4, 2011. The new multimillion dollar Corporate Headquarters and Regional Distribution Center replaces the company’s two former buildings in Maryland Heights, doubling its size and offering an expanded customer center, data center, office and warehouse.
French Gerleman, an 88 year old family owned company, employs 126 at its St. Louis headquarters, and an additional 53 employees at its four distribution centers in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Through this expansion the company plans to offer its industrial, commercial and contractor customers an increased level of power transmission and safety products and services.
The new Corporate Headquarters and Regional Distribution Center includes 132,500 square feet of warehouse space, while 41,500 square feet of the building will house offices, a customer center and a walk-up sales counter. French Gerleman’s in-house customer center will include a training facility which will accommodate more than 170 and provide hands-on, ongoing education as well as industry forums, product expos, and industry association events. The company expects hundreds of customers, vendors, and industry leaders from around the region will visit the facility for training, product expos and educational events in 2011. In addition, the new customer center provides product managers, product specialists and leading industry suppliers the ability to demonstrate French Gerleman’s complete shop-floor to top-floor integration solutions to industrial customers, system integrators and consulting engineers.
The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. sales counter and will call area, staffed by an experienced and knowledgeable counter sales team, provides customers quick and easy access to a large inventory of industry leading products, tools and technologies. This includes extended access to more than 22,000 SKUs and critical materials needed for their jobs and projects.
“We chose the building, and designed the facility, not only for anticipated growth, but also to meet the needs of our customers and vendors,” said Bill French, President of French Gerleman. “This facility is truly designed to be a resource they can count on for training, product demos, information, materials, and project staging, which will help us all move to the future and capture new opportunities in a quickly changing market.
French Gerleman is the region’s leading supplier of electrical, automation, datacom, and power transmission 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.