Times & Trends: The Way We Were

Times & Trends: The Way We Were

Some people mistakenly think mergers and acquisitions are a new phenomenon in the electrical wholesaling industry.

This being Electrical Wholesaling magazine’s 95th Anniversary Year, I thought we could all learn something about M&As in our industry by taking a look back at EW’s first-ever listing of the electrical market’s largest distributors. That first list, published in 1970, had 100 distributors ranked by number of employees because sales volume was unavailable for so many of the companies. Following are a few things I learned from that first listing.

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