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Industry Leaders to be Honored
at NAED National Meeting
The National Association of Electrical Distributors will honor
four industry leaders who have made significant contributions to
the electrical industry with NAED Annual Achievement Awards.
The awards, recognizing individuals and companies that embody
the industry’s highest standards, will be given during a closing
ceremony at the national meeting:
Robert Reynolds is the retired executive chairman of St. Louis-based Graybar and recipient
of the NAED’s highest honor, the 2013 Arthur
W. Hooper Achievement Award. This honor
is presented to an individual who has led an
exceptional career in electrical distribution spanning many years. Reynolds was with Graybar
for 40 years. He has also been involved with the
NAED as Member-At-Large on the NAED Board
of Directors; as the NAED Education & Research
Foundation Chair in 2005-2006; and as the NAED
Chair in 2011-2012.
Burt Schraga is the CEO and chairman of Bell Electrical Sup-
ply, Santa Clara, CA, and recipient of the 2013 NAED Distributor
Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition
of outstanding and dedicated service to NAED and the electrical
distribution industry. Schraga has served as Western Region vice
president, membership committee chair, and NAED board chair.
Roger Vaught is vice president of Atkore International and the
recipient of the 2013 NAED Associate Service Award. The Associate Service Award is given to an individual at a manufacturing
firm who has consistently promoted and supported the tenets
and goals of the NAED. He has been an NAED mainstay, including his involvement with the Manufacturer’s Council for more
than six years.
Leviton, a supplier of electrical solutions, will receive the 2013
NAED Industry Award of Merit. This award is presented in recognition of a company or individual in the electrical manufacturing
business that has been remarkably active in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry.
The NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, the NAED helps electrical distributors
increase profitability and improve the channel.
BDI introduces Success Made Easier, a monthly communica-
tion created to share best practices among the company’s 179
branches worldwide ... R3 Safety added new sales and marketing
team members. Jessica Read has a background in sales, industrial
research and product execution, while Peggy Feldman has more
than 30 years experience in industrial sales ... World Wide Metric
has joined the FPDA Motion & Control Network. By joining this
association they look forward to enhancing knowledge with the
use of training and networking opportunities ... Goodyear Rubber
Products, Inc. celebrated their 65th year in business in February.
Goodyear Rubber Products opened for business on February 10th,
1948 on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg near their
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Timken Company has acquired the assets of Smith Services, Inc.,
based in Princeton, WV. Smith provides electric motor repair and
field technical services ... Southco, Inc., a global leader in engineered access solutions, has announced its acquisition of Unikey
Industrial Components. With this acquisition, Southco extends the
company’s global market presence into South America ... ERIKS,
through its subsidiary ERIKS Hessen GmbH, acquired the main
assets and commercial activities of technical distribution company
Klaus Technische Grosshandlung GmbH, Germany ... General Electric Co. is buying Lufkin Industries for approximately $3.1 billion in
cash. Lufkin designs and manufactures heavy-duty enclosed gears
for its power transmission business ... Klein Tools acquired Civitella
& Cia Ltda, a privately-held tool and equipment manufacturer in
Brazil. Civitella’s manufacturing and distribution center is based in
São Paulo ... Elgin Fastener Group, LLC announced it has completed the acquisition of Vegas Fastener Manufacturing, a developer
of fasteners from exotic materials.
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