Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Wanted: Top Talent to Join Our Team

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Do you want to build a career with a distribution leader? French Gerleman’s commitment goes beyond our products and services to the very heart of our business — family. We’re in growth mode and are looking to hire team members companywide.

Types of candidates we hire include:

  • Outside and Inside Sales, with emphasis in Automation, Electrical Supply, Datacom, Power Transmission and Safety
  • Engineers and Product Specialists
  • Information Technology
  • Pricing and Purchasing
  • Operations and Logistics
  • Warehouse and Delivery
  • Administrative Office Support

 

The French Gerleman corporate culture focuses on family and security. Employees stay with us long-term – some have 30+ year tenure — because of our friendly environment and cohesive atmosphere. We’re passionate about the communities in which we live and work and encourage the support of local organizations and events.

Working at French Gerleman means that you’re surrounded by dedicated, intelligent colleagues who are focused on helping customers improve their efficiency and profitability.

What do we look for in future team members?

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service (internal and external)
  • Professional, organized and prepared for the task at hand
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Respect for others in all business relationships and high ethical standards
  • Entrepreneurial mindset

 

While French Gerleman has evolved over its 90+ year history, one thing has remained consistent: our commitment to service. Customers count on us for prompt, helpful answers to their technical questions and knowledgeable guidance to assist with proper product selection. Our dedicated team provides innovative product and supply chain solutions to support industrial, commercial, contractor and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.

A fifth generation, family owned business, we value initiative, reward hard work, offer career advancement, and provide competitive benefits and profit sharing.

French Gerleman’s benefits include:

  • Health insurance package that includes a prescription drug card, prescription mail order service and health savings account (HSA)
  • Dental services plan and vision discount program
  • 401(k) Plan with discretionary matching and profit sharing contributions by the company
  • Generous vacation and personal time programs
  • 10 paid holidays for full-time associates
  • Long-term disability, short-term disability and life insurance
  • Internal advancement (ability to move around the company)

 

To learn more about career opportunities at French Gerleman or to apply, click HERE or give us a call. We look forward to adding talented and driven people like you to our team!

 


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Featured Product: Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices

We all know that mixing water and electricity does not turn out well, so if you’re looking for superior watertight wiring devices, look no further than Hubbell!  This new line has a wide range of watertight devices are the perfect solution for your industry.

Here are a few applications for Hubbell’s Watertight Series Devices:

Water Treatment
Hubbell devices are made to withstand the most abusive environments such as water treatment plants.

Food and Beverage Processing
Each Hubbell device is rated to withstand harsh, wet environments common to food and beverage facilities meeting stringent UL and NSF requirements.

Agriculture
Mud, standing water and abuse are no match to these rugged engineered devices. Put them to the test!

Outdoor entertainment
Power is delivered consistently when the show must go on. Perfect for concerts, fairs, runs and other outdoor events.

Factory
Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices are ideal for delivering power to all types of industrial machinery and equipment.

 

Hubbell’s products stand apart from their competitors:

  • NEMA 6 and IP69 rated for superior water resistance
  • National Sanitation Foundation recognized
  • Keyed interior for easy installation
  • Hubbell’s patented Gotcha®ring and collapsible bushing yields the industry’s best strain relief
  • All stainless steel hardware and corrosive resistant connection points
  • Smooth body design minimizes collection points simplifying the wash down process

 

HUB_Watertight_GroupThe full line of Hubbell’s Watertight Series Devices includes:

  • Plugs and Connectors
  • Lift Covers
  • Bushing, Cone Seals and Closure Caps
  • FD Boxes
  • Angled Adapters
  • Portable Outlet Boxes
  • Covers for Portable Outlet Boxes and Panels

 

Interested in learning more about Hubbell Watertight Wiring Devices or in placing an order? Give us a call at 866-808-4240, we’d be happy to help!


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Bracketology Battle 2015

French Gerleman Bracket

 

To learn more or to register, click HERE.


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Streamline Construction Projects with Prefabrication

You might have heard the term “prefabrication” floating around, but what is it really and what are the benefits to electrical contractors? Why should electrical contractors consider prefab products as an option?

In the electrical contracting business, parts of the job that were once completely built and installed on-site, are now predesigned and fabricated off-site. Prefabrication can combat challenges facing many electrical contractors including the ongoing need or demand for qualified labor, control of efficiency, quality and expense on out of area/town projects, and fluctuating profit margins and frequent schedule compressions. Prefabrication can even provide an advantage on project quotes by minimizing added labor expenses in highly competitive bid situations.

In commercial construction, labor cost is the single largest expense for an electrical contractor and can make or break a project’s profitability. How can you make your projects more competitive and profitable? Replace the tedious, repetitive portion of conventional installation with an innovative, prefabricated solution.

Prefabrication provides many contractor benefits:

Cost Reduction

Reduce costs from a project and improve efficiencies by leveraging prefabricated assemblies. By utilizing prefabrication, you purchase the products you required for the job without the need to meet minimum order requirements. When the job is complete, there is no leftover material to move and inventory.

Our account team can help you identify opportunities to standardize on certain assemblies to maximize efficiency and contain costs.  Project schedules can be accelerated and weather delays can be minimized.

Consistency

With prefabrication, you know exactly what to expect each time you order, and won’t be surprised by something unexpected. This consistency in product saves you time and efficiency. Utilizing technology to identify what assembly is needed and where it should be installed reduces on-site labor and can help ensure the overall quality of the installation. It also helps minimize potential mistakes and reworking required on jobsites.

Logistics

When products are needed at a jobsite, it can be a logistic nightmare trying to coordinate ordering, shipping, managing resources and the actual install. With ordering prefabricated products from French Gerleman, we take the headache out of the process. Store your prefab products on the job site.  Ask about “Store-N-Go” French Gerleman’s onsite material management solution.

Working with our manufacturer partners, French Gerleman helps you determine the prefabrication solution you need to help keep your project organized and on time. The exact quantities of assemblies ordered are delivered direct to the job site — with project-specific packaging and labeling to reduce material handling and inventory costs. We can also employ job site carts to further enhance the efficiencies of your pre-fab solution.

Here are a three popular prefabricated solutions that our customers can choose from:

B-Line Ruff-IN™ Pre-Fabricated Assemblies

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Eaton’s B-Line Series Ruff-IN Pre-Fab Assemblies feature a comprehensive line of products and solutions to fulfill virtually any electrical contractor request.  Our unparalleled service delivers quick turn-around times on quoting and assemblies, and our sales tools help the customer detail cost savings, and aid in constructing pre-fab quotations.

Thomas & Betts eFab

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From online to on-site, eFAB™ by Thomas & Betts reduces labor, inventory and shipping costs.  The online tool lets electrical contracting professionals design, order and schedule shipment of Steel City® prefabricated rough-in electrical assemblies. Includes ARRA compliant and IBEW made products.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems Pre-wired Raceway

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Hubbell Prewired RacewayHubbell’s pre-wired raceway systems will accommodate your power and data requirements as your facility changes over time. Pre-wired raceways provide you with the benefit of keeping your fast track projects on schedule, and completing the job on time! Our pre-wired raceway solutions will save up to 45% of the installation time needed for field installing component raceway parts.

 

For more information on how French Gerleman can help you include prefabrication on your next job, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or click here.