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Essex rises with domestic economy

April 1, 2003
Essex International Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., set records in sales and earnings in 1997, which the company said, "reflects the benefits of strategic acquisitions,

Essex International Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., set records in sales and earnings in 1997, which the company said, "reflects the benefits of strategic acquisitions, new products and continued strength in the domestic economy, particularly in construction, voice and data communication installations and the industrial markets." Essex earned $84 million in 1997 on sales of $1.7 billion, versus $36.3 million on $1.3 billion in 1996.

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Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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