5 Years Ago

Crescent Electric Supply Co., East Dubuque, Ill., expanded its operations into Tennessee with the purchase of DESCO Inc., the February 1998 issue of EW reported. Crescent recently moved into the New York City market with the its purchase of Kennedy Electrical Supply Corp., Jamaica, N.Y. Today, Crescent has more than 100 locations in 24 states. With $609 million in 2001 annual sales, the distributor is ranked No. 8 on EW's most recent Top 250 list.

10 Years Ago

The Family Medical Leave Act was signed into law ten years ago in February 1993. The act ensures up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for employees dealing with a serious family illness. The law, which has several restrictions, applies to companies with 50 or more full-time employees.

100 Years Ago

The centennial of Guglielmo Marconi's historic radio transmission across the Atlantic was celebrated in January with Marconi's youngest daughter sending a radio transmission to space.

“One hundred years ago today, my father, Guglielmo Marconi, sent the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod,” said Princess Elettra Marconi. “In this same spirit of his achievement, and also from Cape Cod, I send this wireless greeting to you in space. Cordial greetings and good wishes.”

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