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With Mississippi River river traffic and Gulf of Mexico oil business booming, New Orleans is coming back. / Wikimedia Commons

2014 West South Central Region Forecast

Nov. 7, 2013
  Watch for billions of dollars in construction around the Port of New Orleans as the city repositions itself as a center of international commerce. With its oil business, residential construction and commercial projects cranking up, Texas is back in business as one of the largest markets for electrical products in the nation.
In many years, Texas dominates the economic headlines in this region, but because of the huge growth and projects on the drawing boards for Louisiana’s petrochemical and heavy industrial industries, the Bayou State takes top honors in 2013. Breaking ground this year in Louisiana were a $975 million, 1.35 million-sq-ft Benteler Steel/Tube mill in Shreveport, La., to produce hot-rolled, seamless steel tube; a $580 million expansion of the Port of New Orleans and the $850 million Dyno Nobel International ammonia manufacturing plant in Jefferson Parish, La. According to New Orleans’ Times Picayune,work should begin soon on Dow Chemical’s $1.06 billion investment in two new chemical plants in Iberville and West Baton Rouge, La. Some of the planned projects are just as big or even larger – the New Orleans' billion-dollar 2014-2018 Capital Improvement Plan includes $706 million for a new airport terminal; the $1.5 billion Louisiana International Gulf Transfer Terminal is under serious discussion; and a multi-billion dollar petrochemical "cracker" plant that would convert ethane natural gas to ethylene is also on the drawing boards.

There’s plenty of activity across the Gulf of Mexico, too, as State Farm Insurance recently broke ground on a $500 million facility in Richardson, Texas, and Pattern Energy Group started construction on a $400 million, 118-turbine wind farm to produce 218MW of electricity in Carson County, Texas. There’s also a new Southwest terminal being built at Houston’s Hobby Airport and  a 325,000-sq. ft. Skansa office tower underway in Houston. McGraw-Hill Construction reported that a new 1,000-room Fairmont Hotel will break ground in Austin and a 1,000-room Marriott Hotel will start construction in Houston during 4Q 2013. The biggest project on the drawing boards in Texas appears to be the Freeport LNG Expansion Development facility in Houston to export liquefied natural gas. The Houston Business Journal reports the project’s owners are looking for $12 billion in financing and could start construction as early as next year.

Acquisition activity in the West South Central Region. Mayer Electric's purchase of Mustang Electric Supply may be sign of future expansion in Texas for this regional giant from the Southeast. Details


Texas is home to some of the largest independent distributors in the United States, as well as two of the largest in North America - Rexel Holdings USA and Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED). Details

Rank Company Name Town/City State
3 Rexel Holdings USA (Rexel SA) Dallas TX
6 Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. (CED) Irving TX
14 Elliott Electric Supply Inc Nacogdoches TX
15 The Reynolds Co. Fort Worth TX
17 Wholesale Electric Supply Co of Houston Houston TX
22 Houston Wire & Cable Co. Houston TX
28 Dealers Electrical Supply Waco TX
56 TEC Utility Supply & Service (Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.) Georgetown TX
59 Hill Country Electric Supply Austin TX
77 Facility Solutions Group Austin TX
93 Broken Arrow Electric Supply Broken Arrow OK
98 Hunzicker Brothers Inc. Oklahoma City OK
107 Mid-Coast Electric Supply Inc. San Antonio TX
127 Wildcat Electric Supply Houston TX
134 Wholesale Electric Supply Co. Texarkana TX
145 Teche Electric Supply Lafayette LA
151 Nu-Lite Electrical Wholesalers Inc. Harahan LA
170 First SOURCE Electrical, LLC Houston TX
193 Meletio Lighting & Electrical Supply Dallas TX



The Texas oil fields are attracting alot of new branches, but no one is doing it on the scale of Elliott Electric Supply. 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 HD Supply Power Solutions Marietta OK 2013 Border States Electric (larger facility) Midland TX 2013 Elliott Electric Supply Ft. Worth (West) TX 2013 Elliott Electric Supply Snyder TX 2013 Elliott Electric Supply Oklahoma City TX 2013 Graybar Electric Co. Carrizo Springs TX 2013 Elliott Electric Supply Duncan OK 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Clinton OK 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Houston TX 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Pleasanton TX 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Celburne TX 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Austin (North) TX 2012 Elliott Electric Supply Pecos TX 2012 Summit Electric Supply Pearsall TX 2012




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."

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