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The Home Depot to buy Georgia Lighting

July 1, 2003
The Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga., signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Georgia Lighting Supply Co., Inc., also of Atlanta. With sales of

The Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga., signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Georgia Lighting Supply Co., Inc., also of Atlanta. With sales of about $40 million, it is ranked 136th among the industry's 250 largest electrical distributors and is one of the largest specialty lighting retailers and distributors in the country. Financial terms of the cash acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition is The Home Depot's first move into electrical distribution outside its retail home centers. Georgia Lighting's president, Harry Gilham, said the primary reason Home Depot is buying Georgia Lighting is to gain the company's 40 years of expertise and knowledge in the lighting industry. Georgia Lighting's general manager, Ray Gardner, will continue to manage the Georgia Lighting operations for The Home Depot.

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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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