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EGS Electrical Group forms electrical construction unit

April 1, 2003
EGS Electrical Group, Chicago, Ill., announced a new businesses unit concentrating on the electrical construction materials market. In making the announcement,

EGS Electrical Group, Chicago, Ill., announced a new businesses unit concentrating on the electrical construction materials market. In making the announcement, EGS also unveiled a new organizational chart that shows how the group's sales forces will be structured, and laid the groundwork for future expansion of the company.

Under the EGS Electrical Group, a joint venture by Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, and General Signal Corp., Stamford, Conn., the ECM unit brings together the Appleton and O-Z/Gedney organizations, creating what EGS claims is the top fittings maker in the industry. The unit also includes Curlee, ETP, McGill, Neer and Nelson enclosure and controls.

The new company's management is eager to put the package in position to flex its combined muscle in the marketplace. "Basically, that product line forms very nice competition for Crouse-Hinds, very nice competition for T&B and for the Hubbell group that includes Raco and Killark," said T. Wayne Purvis, who, as executive vice president of sales and marketing for ECM, is responsible for the group's sales and marketing efforts.

Reporting to Purvis are Tom Hudak, vice president of sales; George Mulligan, vice president of marketing; and Paul McCool, director of international and specification selling, all of whom will be based at EGS headquarters in Chicago. EGS will keep a headquarters in Farmington, Conn., as well, Purvis said.

The ECM unit combines sales support for Appleton's factory reps and O-Z/Gedney's independent agent, and Purvis reiterated that EGS will continue to cultivate both channels. Both groups will report to the same regional managers. ECM has redeployed Appleton and O-Z/Gedney regional managers in 14 regions, including the global market, Purvis said. The ECM unit is the first in an array of platforms that EGS has planned for future expansion, said Purvis.

About the Author

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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