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Rep News - August 21, 2020 Update

Aug. 21, 2020
Lots of rep news in this issue of Electrical Marketing.

NEW LINES

DeFazio Industries now represents Atkore on the following brands in the Carolina territory: Heritage Plastics, Kaf-Tech, Konkore Fittings, Allied PVC-Coated Conduit, Calconduit ECN, and Unistrut. DeFazio Industries serves the Mid-Atlantic region. It also represents ACS-Unifab, AFC Cable Systems, Allied Tube & Conduit, Cerrowire, Cope Cable Tray, General Cable, Konkore Fittings, Littelfuse, Orbit Industries, Powerstrut, Prysmian Group, Sourcery Wire & Cable, and Unistrut.

Encore Wire Corp., McKinney, TX, recently announced that Schaeffer Marketing Group is its new rep for the eastern Missouri and southern/central Illinois territory. Effective Sept. 1, Schaeffer will succeed The Kilkenny Group and cover the greater St. Louis and southern and central Illinois territory. Schaeffer was fonded in 1976.

MaxLite, West Caldwell, NJ, recently announced it has appointed Casey Bergquist Inc. as its exclusive representative in the Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska panhandle territories. Centrally located in the Denver area, Casey Bergquist Inc. has more than 20 years of experience serving the contractor, end-user, MRO and OEM markets for electrical products and solutions.

ACQUISITIONS

Hossley Lighting Completes Mergerwith Lighting & Power Solutions

Hossley Lighting Associates, Dallas, recently completed a merger with Lighting & Power Solutions, Little Rock, AR. With the acquisition, Hossley will cover the majority of six states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Al Near, chairman, CEO and managing principal, will lead the organization, along with Don Henderson as president, CFO and principal. Mike Virag will assume responsibility as the combined agency’s executive VP and principal. The combined team includes professional engineers, lighting consultants, former electricians and certified trainers.

Hossley Lighting Associates has offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock, and Tyler, TX. Lighting & Power Solutions has offices in Little Rock, AR; Shreveport and New Orleans, LA; and Jackson, MS. 

OBITUARY

William (Bill) Thomas Bannon of Frisco, TX, owner and president of Mid-States Electrical Sales and co-owner of the Schooler-Bannon Electrical rep agency in Kansas City, MO, passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 86. According to his obituary posted at www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com, he is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Elizabeth (Betsey) Bannon; his brother Leo Bannon; and his grandson, Kyle Goettsch. He is survived by wife of 56 years, Judy Bannon, and children, Tom Bannon and Ann Marie Butler, all living in Frisco.

Bannon served in the U.S. Navy and earned a BA in business administration at State University of New York at Cobleskill. He loved the electrical business, and along with serving a term as NEMRA president, had a long career representing electrical manufacturers including Pass & Seymour, Rodale Electric Manufacturing and O-Z Gedney Electrical Manufacturing.

Bannon loved golf and was club champion several times at his home golf course, Kansas City’s Hillcrest Country Club. Bill was a good friend to the editors of Electrical Marketing when the newsletter moved to the Kansas City market in 1992 and introduced us around the city’s electrical industry. The editorial staff offers our condolences to his family.