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McNaughton-McKay enters Flint

April 1, 2003
McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., expanded into Flint, Mich., with the purchase of Advance Electric Supply Co., Inc.'s Flint operation. The acquisition gives

McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., expanded into Flint, Mich., with the purchase of Advance Electric Supply Co., Inc.'s Flint operation. The acquisition gives McNaughton-McKay, Madison Heights, Mich., the Flint area franchise for Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The transaction does not include Advance Electric's branches in Owosso, Lapeer and Fenton, Mich., which became part of Advance Industries, Goodrich, Mich., a company that was formed prior to the sale of Advance Electric and includes companies in property management, leasing and a tool distribution line, said Jim Smock, Jr., president of Advance Industries and former vice president and general manager of Advance Electric.

The three former Advance Electric locations will continue to operate as electrical distribution branches and will sell many of the same products that they were selling before. They will be restricted from selling certain products because of noncompetition agreements with McNaughton-McKay, said Smock Jr., declining to give further details.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. McNaughton-McKay will change Advance Electric's name to McNaughton-McKay by the end of the year, said John MacDonald, vice president of operations for McNaughton-McKay. Greg Chun, who was sales manager for McNaughton-McKay's Ann Arbor, Mich., location, will be branch manager of the Flint operation.

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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