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Irby buys Divesco Boosting its coverage in the industrial market, Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackson, Miss., acquired Divesco Inc., Hot Springs, Ark., for an

Irby buys Divesco Boosting its coverage in the industrial market, Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackson, Miss., acquired Divesco Inc., Hot Springs, Ark., for an undisclosed amount. Divesco, an industrial-based company with 1998 sales of more than $12 million, brings three new branches into the Irby organization, in Hot Springs, Ark.; Texarkana, Texas; and Idabel, Okla. The purchase will also help Irby establish a stronger presence in the Southeast with the Allen-Bradley (A-B) line in parts of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

Divesco will operate as a branch of Irby, and planned to drop the Divesco name on May 1.

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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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