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Eck Supply moves into Georgia

Jan. 1, 2003
Eck Supply Co., Richmond, Va., extended its presence farther into the south with the purchase of M&M Electric Supply, Inc., Lawrenceville, Ga. The acquisition

Eck Supply Co., Richmond, Va., extended its presence farther into the south with the purchase of M&M Electric Supply, Inc., Lawrenceville, Ga. The acquisition gives Eck its first location in Georgia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

M&M, founded in 1979, has annual sales of about $10 million. In addition to its main branch in Lawrenceville, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, it operates a satellite branch in Young Harris, Ga.

The company will continue to operate with the same management under the Eck Supply name. The acquisition is the beginning of a larger growth plan. "The geographic area is very interesting to us, down in Atlanta," Les Burnley, Jr., president of Eck Supply, said. The company intends to keep growing in the Carolinas and Georgia through acquisitions and branch openings, he added.

Eck Supply is the 38th largest electrical distributor in the country, with 12 locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and, now, Georgia. It had 215 employees going into the deal and 1996 sales of approximately $90 million. Combined sales for the two companies is projected to exceed $110 million, according to Eck.

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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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