Orange County to merge with OneSource

Two large California electrical distributors--Orange County Wholesale Electric, Orange, Calif., and OneSource Distributors, Inc., San Diego--have agreed to merge. The resulting company would be one of the largest electrical distributors in California, with annual sales of more than $82 million, eight locations and about 200 employees.

Both companies specialize in the industrial market and are distributors for many of the same product lines, including Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee, Wis. The merger would give OneSource Distributors control of Allen-Bradley's Areas of Primary Responsibility (APRs) for San Diego County and Orange County.

The addition of Orange County Wholesale gives OneSource a presence it has long sought in the Los Angeles market. Orange County Wholesale will become a division of OneSource Distributors. Glenda Newcomer, president of Orange County Wholesale Electric, says she would continue to be involved with Orange County Wholesale for the next four to five years, though the organizational structure of the new company had not been finalized.

All members of Orange County's management team will continue to lead the Orange County Wholesale Electric division of OneSource Distributors.

OneSource employs 136 people. It operates five satellite branches and a central hub covering San Diego, Imperial and Yuma counties and Tijuana, Mexico. Orange County Wholesale operates a satellite store in Lake Forest, Calif., as well as its headquarters in Orange, Calif.

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