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Graybar to Buy Valin, Extending Reach into Mix of Automation & Industrial Businesses

May 4, 2023

Graybar Electric Co., St. Louis, has entered into an agreement to acquire Valin Corp., a distributor of automation, filtration, fluid handling, heating and process control products and systems..

Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Valin provides technical solutions for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1974 and operates 12 locations in the western and southwestern United States. As a subsidiary of Graybar, the company will continue to operate under the Valin name with the same leadership team, employees and suppliers. The company is ranked #49 on Industrial Distribution’s most recent Top 50 list with $125 million in 2021 sales and 161 employees. Over the years, the company has made numerous acquisitions in various industrial markets, according to information on its website.

Over the past year, Graybar has been busy with acquisitions. It also purchased Walker Industrial Products, an automation distributor based in Newtown, CT; New England Drives & Controls, an automation distributor based in Southington, CT (through its Shingle & Gibb business); and CX Connexion, Buffalo Grove, IL, a full-line electrical distributor serving the Chicago metropolitan area.