'50s Party Salutes PEPCO's Jack Borkey

To mark PEPCO founder Jack Borkey's 50th year in the electrical industry, the electrical distributor threw the epitome of a 1950s party — complete with an Elvis Presley impersonator.

More than 500 guests gathered Oct. 6, 2005, at PEPCO's Eastlake, Ohio, 70,000-square-foot main warehouse, which was transformed into a 1950s-era diner with a dance floor, pool hall and a carnival midway.

Vintage-clad servers dished up sliders, hot dogs and fries as the sock-hop band Eddie and the Edsels took guests back to 1955 — the year Borkey began as a stock boy for Cleveland's Leff Electric. Borkey rose to the position of sales manager before launching into his entrepreneurial career at PEPCO in 1968.

“It was the party of a lifetime,” said honoree Borkey. “I was surrounded by friends, family, employees and business associates; hundreds of people who mean the world to me.”

PEPCO operates 150,000 square feet of warehouse space in three facilities in Ohio. The electrical distributor ranked No. 87 on EW's most recent Top 200 with $70 million in sales for 2004.

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