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Blockbuster Merger in New England: Granite City Electric Supply Merges with Columbia Electric Supply Co.

Feb. 2, 2010
Granite City Electric Supply Co., Quincy Mass., has merged with Columbia Electric Supply Co., Brockton, Mass. Going forward the company will operate under the name of Granite City Electric Supply Co. Steven Helle President and COO of Granite City ...

Granite City Electric Supply Co., Quincy Mass., has merged with Columbia Electric Supply Co., Brockton, Mass. Going forward the company will operate under the name of Granite City Electric Supply Co.

Steven Helle President and COO of Granite City Electric will continue in that capacity and Geoffrey Murphy, Columbia Electric's President, will become a regional V.P. for Granite City Electric. The two companies have often been referred to as sister companies --with good reason. Phyllis Papani Godwin, Granite City's owner and CEO, and Dorothy Palmer, Columbia Electric Supply's owner are in fact sisters. They are the daughters of Nicholas Papani who founded both electrical supply companies nearly ninety years ago.

“We are delighted to have Columbia Electric as part of the Granite City family, “ said Phyllis Papani Godwin, Granite City's owner and CEO. “Both companies share a culture of caring for customers and employees and a strategic focus on long term growth.”

In 2009 Granite City Electric was 75th in the nation according to Electrical Wholesaling's “Top 200” ranking of electrical distributors. Columbia Electric Supply was ranked 190th.

“Adding Columbia's locations to Granite City's 21 locations will expand our market presence and enhance our position as the largest independent electrical distributor in New England.,” said Steve Helle.