Industrial distribution specialist Kaman Distribution Group, Bloomfield, Conn., has signed a national distribution agreement with enclosure manufacturer Rittal GmbH & Co. of Germany. The deal agreement is an extension of a relationship that began more than 20 years with Zeller Electric, a business Kaman acquired in 2012. The new agreement includes all 250-plus Kaman locations including Minarik, Zeller, and Kaman Industrial Technologies’ locations.
Rittal is a manufacturer of enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure, software and services, founded in 1961. The company has grown to more than 10,000 employees in 70 countries worldwide, with production on four continents and its U.S. headquarters outside Chicago. Rittal has a manufacturing center of excellence in Urbana, Ohio, distribution hubs in Texas and Nevada, and a new Oil & Gas Competency Center in Houston.
“This relationship is a great fit for both Kaman and Rittal. They are aggressively developing new product innovations, and have a solid history of marketing those products very well. Over the past few years, Rittal has quickly grown to have industry-leading lead times, configuration tools, best in class products, and 50-70% higher efficiency ratings than their competitors,” said Steve Smidler, President of Kaman Distribution. “These factors, and the longstanding relationship with Zeller, convinced both parties this relationship will be mutually beneficial.”