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Border States to Acquire Chicago's Advance Electrical Supply Co.

April 20, 2022
Border States will have more than 2,600 employee-owners and more than 100 branches in 24 states after they join forces with Advance.

Border States, Fargo, ND, reached an agreement to purchase Advance Electrical Supply Co., Chicago. Advance has more than 100 employees serving the Chicago market and will join Border States on Saturday, April 30. Advance Electrical Supply Co. is owned by Mike Mayworm, executive VP, and Aaron Hughes, president.  

“It’s been awesome to see the success Advance has achieved. We have an incredible group of people and being able to continue to grow at an even faster pace is thrilling,” said Mike Mayworm, in the press release. “I couldn’t think of doing it with anyone else than Border States.” 

“Mike and I are extremely excited to join Border States. We talk a lot about ‘acting like owners’ and to be able to give our team members the ability to be true owners is an incredible opportunity for them,” said Aaron Hughes in the release. “Border States embodies what we wanted to become in the future. We are aligned on our values and the way we treat people. Joining Border States is going to accelerate our growth in the Chicago area and assist us in providing an even better customer experience." 

“We are excited to welcome Advance Electrical Supply Co. to our employee-owned company. They are a very successful and well-respected electrical distributor with an outstanding reputation,” said Jason Seger, president, Border States, in the press release. “Their proven track record, Chicago presence and potential for growth makes them a perfect geographic addition.” 

Advance has achieved double-digit revenue growth, on average, over the past five years with sales generated primarily in the construction market. They will join the East Region of Border States, forming the East North Central Area. Don Masters, executive VP of the East Region, and James Sipe, executive VP of Supply Chain, of Border States will lead the integration team. 

“In acquisitions, we focus on the people, the leadership team and the culture. Advance has great talent throughout the organization and is managed by a progressive leadership team that has created high engagement and a winning culture — our two companies share similar values and approaches to success,” said David White, CEO, Border States, in the press release. “We believe if you take care of each other, customers and vendors, the rest will take care of itself. This is a tremendous fit; we look forward to growing together.”

Border States is ranked the sixth largest electrical distributor in the U.S. by Electrical Wholesaling magazine. Border States will have more than 2,600 employee-owners and more than 100 branches in 24 states after they join forces with Advance.   

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