Latest from Market Planning Guide

104750065 / Sashkinw / DreamsTime
104750065 / ashkinw / DreamsTime


This photo illustrates two of the biggest drivers of this region's economy - oil & gas and agri-business.

2014 West North Central Region Forecast

Nov. 7, 2013
The Bakken region's oil boom gets the attention, and it is the biggest game around. Construction in Nebraska of a new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters and a new data center for Facebook in Iowa are also highlights. Overall, the region's electrical sales should grow 4.5% in 2014.

While North Dakota’s booming Bakken oil and gas business gets much of the attention in this region because of the thousands of construction jobs it has created over the past few years, plenty of other interesting projects either broke ground in the past year or are on the drawing boards in the West North Central region. Omaha has gotten lots of ink in the construction press lately because of the redevelopment of its downtown area, but the city is also the beneficiary of a huge new construction project related to the new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Neb., where Omaha-based KiewitPhelps won a big piece of the $524 million contract to replace the new U.S. Strategic Command headquartersnear Bellevue, Neb.. According to the Omaha World Herald, “the new 915,876-square-foot facility will replace the 55-year-old structure that houses the command responsible for the nation's nuclear arsenal, global strike and deterrence, military satellites, information warfare, missile defense, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and combating weapons of mass destruction.” Not too far east along Interstate 80, Facebook is building the first phase of a billion-dollar data center in Altoona, Iowa, that’s strategically located on a big fiber pipe for area telecommunications businesses.

Other big projects in the area include the planned new football stadium for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the $272 million renovation of the Minnesota State Capital building in St. Paul, Minn.; the ongoing Ballpark Village construction project in downtown St. Louis just a foul pop away from the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium; a $541 million medical center in Fargo, N.D., that’s the largest private construction project underway in the Dakotas; and the $1.5 billion Northern Plains fertilizer plant, which McGraw-Hill Construction says will  br eak ground in 2015.

Acquisition activity in the West North Central Region. Relatively light over the past five years. Details


Oil & gas projects, wind farms and downtown construction in some metros power this region for these Top 200 Electrical Distributors. To learn more about them, click here.

Rank Company Name Town/City State
4 Graybar Electric Co. Clayton MO
9 Border States Electric Fargo ND
25 Dakota Supply Group Fargo ND
32 Van Meter Inc. Cedar Rapids IA
40 Kriz-Davis Co. Grand Island NE
42 ECHO Electric Supply (ECHO Group Inc.) Council Bluffs IA
45 3E Electrical Engineering & Equipment Co. Windsor Heights IA
46 Werner Electric  Cottage Grove MN
69 Stanion Wholesale Electric Co. Pratt KS
71 French Gerleman St Louis MO
73 Cape Electrical Supply Cape Girardeau MO
74 Villa Lighting Supply Inc. St. Louis MO
75 Western Extralite Co. Kansas City MO
78 Butler Supply Inc. Fenton MO
102 Voss Lighting Lincoln NE
113 J. H. Larson Electrical Co.  Plymouth MN
115 Fletcher-Reinhardt Co.  Bridgeton MO
141 Frost Electric Supply Co. Maryland Heights MO
146 Harry Cooper Supply Co Springfield MO
186 Kansas City Electrical Supply Co. Lenexa KS
189 Loyd's Electric Supply Co. Branson MO


Petrochemical business in the Bakken region of North Dakota has attracted at least five new branches over the past five years. If your company has opened a new branch and would like it publicized in Electrical Wholesaling's print edition or on, please send the information (and a high-resolution photo if possible to Jim Lucy, EW's chief editor, at [email protected] .

Company Town/City State Year Van Meter Industrial Iowa City IA 2012 Border States Electric Duluth MN 2013 Graybar Electric Co. Columbia MO 2013 Graybar Electric Co. Joplin MO 2012 Consolidated Electrical Distributors Dickinson ND 2013 Graybar Electric Co. Dickinson ND 2013 W.W. Grainger Inc. Williston ND 2013 Consolidated Electrical Distributors Williston ND 2012 QED Dickinson ND 2012 Graybar Electric Co. Lincoln NE 2012


The three biggest metropolitan areas in this region -- Minneapolis, Minn., St. Louis, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., pump up the electrical sales potential of Minnesota and Missouri. 


You can use the employment data below to calculate sales potential for key customer groups by region, state and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) by using this data and Electrical Wholesaling's 2014 Sales Multipliers. To get these multipliers and to learn how to use them, click here to get to Electrical Wholesaling 2014 Market Planning Guide. Just scroll down and search for "multipliers."

Sponsored Recommendations