Graybar Electric Co., a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, will open an office in Champaign’s Apollo industrial park. The branch office will be in Mercury Warehouse, located at 301 Mercury Drive, and will employ six to eight people. It will have a local sales team and provide local inventory, delivery and counter services.

The branch will serve Champaign, Vermilion, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Iroquois, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt and Shelby counties. Brian Gauthier is the branch manager.

Based in St. Louis and founded in 1869, Graybar is a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America. It specializes in supply-chain management and logistics services. In 2012, it ranked No. 465 on the Fortune 500 list, with $5.4 billion in revenues, and ranked 65th on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies. Graybar has a network of nearly 240 distribution facilities in North America, with about 7,400 employees.

Original article: News-Gazette.com

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