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    Graybar, a Fortune 500 company, specializes in supply chain management services, and is a leading North American distributor of high quality components, equipment, and materials. We serve the construction market, the commercial, institutional, and government (CIG) market, and the industrial and utility markets. Graybar products and services support new construction, infrastructure updates, building renovation, facility maintenance, repair and operations, and original equipment manufacturing.

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    For more than 150 years, Graybar has been working to the advantage of its customers and the communities where we do business. Click the link below to learn more about our rich history, bright future and community involvement.

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    Through a network of 289 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, our 8,700 employees serve approximately 145,000 customers. Our corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri.

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    Graybar Announces Leadership Changes

    Bob Lyons to retire; Dennis DeSousa named to new role

    ST. LOUIS, June 9, 2020 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that Regional Vice President Robert C. Lyons will retire on August 1, 2020, after 41 years with the company. Lyons is a member of the company’s Board of Directors, serving on several committees and as a Voting Trustee of the corporation. Upon his retirement, he will step down from his committee responsibilities, as well as his role as a member of Graybar’s Board of Directors and as a Voting Trustee.

    Graybar also announced the election of Dennis E. DeSousa to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager, effective August 1, 2020. DeSousa currently serves as Regional Vice President for the company’s western region, a position he has held since 2017. In his expanded role, he will have responsibility for all of Graybar’s districts, as well as certain subsidiaries.

    “On behalf of Graybar's employees, shareholders and Board of Directors, I thank Bob Lyons for his extraordinary contributions to the company. Bob is a remarkable leader who has earned the trust and respect of those around him, and we wish him all the best in his retirement," said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, Graybar's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We also congratulate Dennis DeSousa on his new assignment. Dennis is a highly effective leader who will play a vital role in moving our business forward for the future.”

    Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 288 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.shiwu.site or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

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    From Pain to Profit: Wire Management and Installation

    Two Rivers Electric and Mechanical is a commercial electrical solutions provider based in Clarksville, Tennessee, with a second location in Alabama.

    Traditional heavy wire reels were a significant pain point for Two Rivers Electric, which spent a lot of time managing, handling and pulling wire on the jobsite. Without access to a forklift, just moving the wire around required six or more workers, creating a safety issue and a significant time suck on staff.

    “It’s very labor intensive to move wire reels around,” said Jeremie Royal, Electrical Estimator at Two Rivers Electric. “There’s always the risk one of our employees could get hurt. And logistically, manpower-wise, it costs a lot of time and money. It used to take six or seven guys three to four hours and that’s to get just one wire pulled.”

    Two Rivers needed a better way to move wire and make installation as fast and painless as possible.

    HOW GRAYBAR HELPED

    Graybar introduced Two Rivers to the SmartReel? portable payout system, and demonstrated how the contractor could realize quicker, pain-free material staging and installation.

    “We’re always listening for ways to save man-hours,” said Jeremie. “The Graybar team came in and presented how they could improve our wire pulls. The team said they could set it up so we wouldn’t even have to touch the wire except to install it.”

    Ultimately, Graybar set Two Rivers up with SmartReels, as well as A-Frame reels and a mobile trailer onsite for storage.

    “All of our setup time was eliminated,” said Jeremie. “The biggest thing is the safety of my employees, and the way Graybar sets up the wire on SmartReels and A-Frames can eliminate that risk.”

    THE RESULTS

    It was quick and easy for Two Rivers to switch over to using SmartReels and A-Frames.

    “The first day we used SmartReels we had five guys on site and we didn’t even need that many,” said Jeremie. “My guys didn’t need to move the SmartReel as promised and the process went from taking three to four hours to just 35 minutes.”

    In addition to saving time, Two Rivers drastically reduced the number of employee hours needed for each wire pull. Instead of needing six or seven workers on site they only needed three.

    “We figured out we only needed about three people on the jobsite going forward,” said Jeremie. “It was all too easy compared to what we are used to. Between the hours we save per pull and the fewer employees needed, we can gain almost one percent of the project back.”

    It’s also easy for Jeremie’s team to see how much wire they have left. “You can physically see what’s available and let Graybar know what is getting low, and it also makes for a neat presentable appearance on the jobsite,” said Jeremie.

    Replenishing materials is another benefit of working with Graybar. The Two Rivers team can reorder what they need right from their smartphones. “I can email Graybar from my phone and let them know what material I need,” said Jeremie. “My employees don’t have to spend time going to the supply house themselves. It puts the supply house to work for me, instead of me working for the supply house.”

    “We’ve been using Graybar wire for three years now, and I will go back to them continuously because they make my job easier,” said Jeremie. “No one has been able to touch Graybar on wire, price or service.”

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    Graybar Powers Trades with New Scholarship Program

    Deadline Extended! Students Apply @ poweringtrades.com?by May 15, 2020

    There is a labor shortage across the construction trades, and Graybar wants to help.

    The National Electrical Contractors Association says that 7,000 electricians join the electrical industry each year, but more than 10,000 retire.

    “With retirement on the horizon for many skilled professionals, the industry is in need of new ways to fill the talent gap,” said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella. “The lack of skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline means that projects fall behind, costs rise and companies start to decline opportunities. The Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship allows us to make a positive difference by increasing awareness of careers in the construction trades and removing barriers to entry for young people with financial needs.”

    Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship

    Launched earlier this year, the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship is available to high-school students nationwide and aims to reduce the cost of attending a trade school or participating in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program.

    Each award recipient of a Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship will receive $1,000, renewable for a second year to total $2,000. Graybar will award up to 50 of these scholarships.

    In order to be eligible for the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship, applicants must:

    • Be graduating high-school seniors or have recently earned a high-school equivalency diploma (GED, HiSET, TASC)
    • Plan to enroll full-time in a non-profit community college, technical school, trade school, vocational school or apprenticeship program in the United States of America
    • Intend to complete an associate degree, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or certificate program leading to work in the construction trades (electrical, HVAC, plumbing, pipefitting, welding)
    • Achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, 456 on the GED, or 60 on the HiSET (at least an 8 on each subtest) or equivalent scores on a state-sanctioned test
    • Demonstrate financial need

    Students can find the link to apply for the scholarship at poweringtrades.com. Applicants must register and apply through Scholarship Central, a platform hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation. In addition to the applicant link, there is a host of information at poweringtrades.com. This includes program requirements, downloadable flyers and posters, and a list of frequently asked questions.

    The deadline for the 2020 scholarship application has been extended to May 15. Recipients will be announced later this year.

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    COVID-19 Update

    To Graybar Customers and Suppliers,

    As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations.

    We are open for business and continue to serve customers. We also have a contingency plan to support customers in case any of our individual locations become impacted.

    As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are doing everything we can to maintain our normal work schedule in accordance with?CDC?guidelines around workplace health, safety and social distancing.

    Graybar has been asked to help in a number of ways, one of which involves donating essential supplies to hospitals. We encourage you to join us in donating items needed to keep America’s infrastructure running.

    Graybar has the logistics, experience and inventory to help our customers and suppliers navigate these difficult times. We are here to help, and we will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

    If you need assistance, please contact your local branch or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

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    Graybar Reports First Quarter Results

    ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2020 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today reported its first quarter results.?

    For the first three months of 2020, Graybar’s net sales totaled $1.8 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Net income attributable to Graybar for the quarter finished at $21.4 million, a 37.6 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2019.

    “Like most companies, we faced unexpected challenges in the first quarter because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Graybar. “Graybar is an essential business, and we applaud our employees’ dedication to serving our customers and supporting our nation’s critical infrastructure. While the future remains challenging, Graybar is a resilient company that has stood the test of time. Because of this solid foundation, we are confident in our ability to withstand this crisis as we prepare for recovery.”

    Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 288 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.shiwu.site or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

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    With 8,700 employees in 289 locations across North America including Canada and Puerto Rico, Graybar is a national company with local career opportunities, including:

    • Sales Representatives
    • Business Development Managers
    • Material Handlers
    • Delivery Drivers
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Internship Program

    Interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades? Click here to learn about Graybar’s new scholarship program.

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    Awards & Accolades

    ??Named to FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list for the 17th year (2019)
    ??No. 415?on the FORTUNE 500 ranking of America’s largest companies (2020)
    ??Named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta, the California Bay Area, South Carolina and Edison and Teterboro (2019)
    ??No. 11 on the National Center for Employee Ownership “Employee Ownership 100” list (2019)
    ??No. 3 on Electrical Wholesaling’s Top 200 Electrical Distributors list (2019)
    ??No. 4 on the Modern Distribution Management Market Leaders list (2019)
    ??Named one of Selling Power’s “Best Companies to Sell For” (2019)
    ??On Broadband Communities’ Fiber to the Home Top 100 list (2019)?
    ??No. 5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 150 Privately Held Companies list (2019)
    ??2019 Private Board of the Year Award by Private Company Director, Directors and Boards and Family Business magazines
    ? Awarded the BBB Torch Award for the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and business ethics (2019)
    ? Awarded Vertex Innovation Award for applying tax technology in unique ways to overcome business challenges and drive value (2019)

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    Leadership

    As a leading North American distributor, Graybar operates with one clear mission: to serve as the vital link in the supply chain, adding value for customers and suppliers with innovative solutions and services. Graybar’s strategy is to sustain the organization as an independent and employee-owned company, while achieving the results that position the company as an industry leader and allows Graybar to work to the advantage of those it serves.

    Board of Directors

    Mazzarella
    Kathy M. Mazzarella

    Chairman, President and CEO
    Joined Graybar in 1980

    Bender
    David A. Bender

    Atlanta District Vice President
    Joined Graybar in 1988

    Clifford
    Scott S. Clifford

    Senior Vice President
    and Chief Financial Officer
    Joined Graybar in 1994

    Geekie
    Matthew W. Geekie

    Senior Vice President, Secretary
    and General Counsel
    Joined Graybar in 2008

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    Richard H. Harvey

    New York District Vice President
    Joined Graybar in 1983

    Harwood
    Randall R. Harwood

    Senior Vice President and
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Joined Graybar in 1978

    Lyons
    Robert C. Lyons

    Regional Vice President
    Joined Graybar in 1979

    Mansfield
    William P. Mansfield

    Senior Vice President, Marketing
    Joined Graybar in 1987

    Maxwell
    David G. Maxwell

    Senior Vice President, Sales
    Joined Graybar in 1985

    Propst
    Beverly L. Propst

    Senior Vice President,
    Human Resources
    Joined Graybar in 2002

    Quality

    ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard


    Graybar's registration to the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard represents a major achievement in establishing and maintaining a quality process. Our goal is to achieve excellence in customer service by monitoring and meeting?specific performance standards. Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, the name "ISO" does not stand for the initials of the organization, but is derived from the Greek word isos, which means, "equal."

    ISO-registered organizations document what they do, and do what they document. The registration process shows us where we can improve service levels, streamline the way we do our jobs, and drive costs down. All this makes for a productive organization that can stay focused on what is important - delivering superior distribution service to our customers. Graybar’s Quality Management System and all Graybar locations are registered to the quality standards established by ISO.

    Download a copy of Graybar’s latest ISO 9001 certificate??


    Graybar's registration to the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard represents a major achievement in establishing and maintaining a quality process. Our goal is to achieve excellence in customer service by monitoring and meeting?specific performance standards. Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, the name "ISO" does not stand for the initials of the organization, but is derived from the Greek word isos, which means, "equal."

    ISO-registered organizations document what they do, and do what they document. The registration process shows us where we can improve service levels, streamline the way we do our jobs, and drive costs down. All this makes for a productive organization that can stay focused on what is important - delivering superior distribution service to our customers. Graybar’s Quality Management System and all Graybar locations are registered to the quality standards established by ISO.

    Download a copy of Graybar’s latest ISO 9001 certificate??

    Governance

    Corporate Responsibility

    At Graybar, we believe being a good corporate citizen is simply the right thing to do. As employee-owners, we make decisions with a long-term view in mind. We have a unique and personal responsibility to each other and the Company, to our customers, and to our communities where we live and work. Holding ourselves accountable for delivering results in these three areas is something Graybar takes seriously.?

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