Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

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Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

Last month, at our St. Louis branch, we offered customers the chance to learn about the latest trends and standards within the electrical industry at our Trends and Standards Update. Attendees gained knowledge on the latest innovative products that can help customers stay compliant with standards and the latest trends to help drive safety, technology and efficiency.

These high-level presentations offered cutting edge solutions to help customers stay ahead of the electrical trends and standards.  The seminar offered updates from Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Wiring Device- Kellems and LUTZE.

These presentations covered the following:

Mersen covered SCCR codes and standards, including UL 508A standards. The UL 508A marking confirms that the industrial control panel has been certified by inspection. If the UL 508A’s construction requirements are followed, then a panel builder is eligible to have their panel listed by UL. Mersen also explained short circuit current rating (SSCR) and the importance of properly labeling panels for Arc Flash compliance.

SolaHD has updated its SDU Series DIN rail AC UPS. Their A Series still combines an industry leading compact design with a wide operation temperature range and unique installation options. The SDU provides protection from impulses and power interruptions that could be potentially damaging. This updated product also offers a new interchangeable optional “COMM Card” accessory, that allows communication between fieldbus protocols and industrial Ethernet. SolaHD has also introduced a new CF Relay Card option that has replaced the RELAYCARDSDU option.

Thomas & Betts has created an evolution of compression tools. Their Color-Keyed coding system allows high quality UL-compliant connections at a low installed cost. Thomas & Betts covered the basics on how to properly prepare cable, determine the proper connector, choose the correct tool/die and crimp inspection. They covered how the Thomas & Betts Blackburn Color-Keyed® compression connector system can make inspections and certified installations easier.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems recently released the first UL Listed pop-up receptacle for countertops. To protect against spills, the receptacle assembly is sealed with patent pending silicone gaskets to repel liquids in both the down and up positions. The countertop receptacle is UL Listed to 498 Section 146 to be water resistant to a half gallon of liquid spilled on the device.

Hubbell also recently introduced both their Advantage Pin & Sleeve product line to promote safety and provide line of site disconnect and their inSIGHT Circuit-Lock™ Disconnects with LED indicators to promote workplace safety and improve troubleshooting time.

LUTZE covered the evolving NFPA 79 standard. The recent changes to this standard aligns with IEC 60204-1. A change to Section 6.6 states that an arc flash hazard warning requires “warning qualified individuals of a potential arc flash hazard” pertaining to emergency stop or emergency off situations. New work space rules for enclosures with feeder conductors have been revised to align with section 110.26 of the NEC. To help users avoid dangerous errors the requirement for “width of working space” has been revised to specify the required opening and clearance into the control cabinet. LUTZE has a variety of cable offerings that meet the NFPA 79 standard.

Be sure to check out our website for information on upcoming events.  If you have questions or would like more information on products or concepts covered in this recent event, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.

 


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Convenient Electronic and Online Options for Your Business from French Gerleman

Looking for ways to save time, money and ultimately, make your life, and job easier? You have enough on your plate, and we want to help streamline the process and make the experience working with French Gerleman as simple and convenient as possible. That is why we offer a wide array of electronic and online options!

Technology is constantly changing and advancing, and we want to provide valuable business tools to help you manage your account information and transactions with us.  We have convenient order and Invoice management as well as e-Commerce Solutions that are quick and easy.

In this blog, we will highlight options that are currently available to help build our business partnership. For full details and specifics on our offerings, you can download our Electronic & Online Options brochure HERE.

  • Online Credit Application: Request an account with open payment terms.
  • Electronic Invoicing: Free electronic invoicing, receive statements on invoices faster.
  • Online Payments- Automated Clearing House (ACH): Pay your invoices online and eliminate paper clutter, as well as review invoice history and account balances…
  • Electronic Data Interface (EDI): Receive data from your company via EDI, receive electronic orders, order acknowledgements and invoices.
  • Online Ordering: Order the products you need online with real-time product availability and pricing.
  • Credit Card Payment: Pay using Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover cards.
  • Request Quote: Request quotes for your unique item and we’ll respond with availability and pricing.
  • Shipment Notifications: Know when products are being shipped to your warehouse or job site.
  • Return Goods Authorization Request: Easily request a return authorization.
  • eQuote: Access your quotes online for up to 60 days.
  • Punchout: Automate ordering directly from your internal procurement system.

In addition to our electronic and online business options, we offer training on the latest technologies to help increase your company’s return on investment. We offer courses to help you effectively implement your automation, datacom, electrical supply, power transmission and safety investments. We can also create custom and private training.  Contact us for more information.

To discuss available electronic or online options, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or visit us online at frenchgerleman.com/EZTDBW.  Don’t have an account manager?  Call 800-333-3122 to learn more.

 


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Get Rewards for Your French Gerleman Loyalty

We wanted to find a way to thank you for your loyalty to French Gerleman and what better way than with an exclusive rewards program! We’re happy to announce and give you a first look at our re-launched Counter Rewards program. We’ve had the Counter Rewards cards in the past, and due to popular demand, we’ve decided to bring it back.

With our Counter Rewards Card, you will receive one (1) stamp for every $200 spent on in-stock products at a French Gerleman Sales Counter. Limit eight (8) stamps per order. Once you fill out your card (12 stamps), you can choose from a list of rewards, including gift cards to Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings, Target and Fandango (movie tickets); seasonal French Gerleman merchandise items (t-shirts, hats, mugs); and much more. Prizes are subject to availability, but there will always be a variety to choose from. As a part of the new Counter Rewards program, you will also receive advanced notice of promotions and events through “Members Only” e-mails.

Customers must register for the program to get their initial reward card. You can download the Enrollment Form HERE  or visit frenchgerleman.com/rewards for more information.

Simply fill out the enrollment form and turn it in at any French Gerleman Sales Counter to receive your Rewards Card. As a bonus, you’ll receive two (2) stamps just for registering! You’ll receive another one (1) bonus stamp for giving us your e-mail address. Sounds pretty good, right?

Keep in mind, every program has guidelines.  Please be sure to check out the back of the enrollment form for program details.  And, most importantly, make sure your employer is OK with your participation.

Thank you for continued support of French Gerleman! We hope you enjoy our Counter Rewards program.  Be sure to let us know what kind of gift cards and rewards you would like to see included. We’d love to hear your feedback!

The 2017 Counter Rewards Program is sponsored by the following vendor partners:


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Two Electrical Expo Events- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Spring is the season of renewal. A fresh start. Learning, growing and experiencing new things. This year, we will be ushering in Spring by supporting two informational and educational expos.

The first event is the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois (EBMI) Electrical Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. This event will take place on March 21-22. As EBMI members, we are excited to be on hand for this event and to participate in the seminars and visit with many of our great vendors.

Following the EBMI Expo, we will be sponsoring the Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS, on April 11-12. Make sure to save the date, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet with vendors, hear the latest industry news and attend the popular seminars.

Here are the details on the upcoming Expos:

Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois Electrical Expo

March 21-22, 2017

St. Charles Convention Center – St. Charles, MO

Tuesday, March 21: 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

This EBMI Electrical Expo held only once every three years and attracts manufacturers from across the country to the area. At this event, you can visit more than 200 exhibits and take part in educational sessions to learn more about key products, learn about new industry codes and earn PDH/PEU credits.

Event Features:

  • 12 seminars are offered during the two-day event, offering PDH and PEU credits. Sessions cover a wide variety of topics including: preventive maintenance, plant cyber security, lighting, code changes and much more.
  • Visit with 200+ vendors for a first look at new products.
  • Network with associates from all segments of the electrical industry.

If you’re looking for a way to attend and don’t live in the metro area, French Gerleman will be offering transportation from Columbia, MO, and Quincy, IL, to the St. Charles Convention Center. As members of EBMI, we will be hosting a hospitality suite in conjunction with Expo, so feel free to stop by and visit with the French Gerleman team.  Watch for information coming soon.

The Expo is free to attend, but there is a cost to attend the educational seminars.  If you register early, you can save on the cost of the educational seminars. When you register for this Expo, please note French Gerleman as your referring distributor.

Featured exhibitors include: Appleton, Eaton’s B-Line Business, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, General Cable, Lutze, Dialight, Acuity (Lithonia Lighting), Philips Lighting, Fluke, Greenlee, Ideal, Universal Lighting Technologies, Panduit, Spectrum Controls, Nord, WEG and APC.

You can see the full list of exhibitors HERE. For more information, visit http://www.electricalboard.org/2017-expo-information/.

Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo

April 11-12, 2017

Overland Park Convention Center – Overland Park, KS

Tuesday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For our Kansas and western Missouri friends, this event is for you! The Electric League of Missouri & Kansas is hosting a free, two-day educational event at the Overland Park Convention center, and French Gerleman is proud to be a sponsor. This Expo is held once every three years, and features educational seminars, vendor exhibits, door prizes and much more.

Breakout sessions will be held in each morning and will include both educational seminars and premiere lighting sessions. Other training highlights include: arc flash compliance, CPR training and more to be announced over the coming weeks. Following the morning sessions, there will be a lunch break as well as a trade show networking event on Tuesday evening.

The list of exhibitors will be announced soon. For up-to-date event details, visit http://www.electricleague.org/tradeshow/trade_show.html

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you at one of these two upcoming Expos!


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French Gerleman to Open New Branch in Springfield, MO

We’re kicking off 2017 at French Gerleman with the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO! We’re excited to continue our growth and expand into this new territory. Here are the details on our new branch:

St. Louis, MO, January 12, 2017 – French Gerleman, an independent regional distributor of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services, is excited to announce the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO, at 764 North Miller. This expansion into Springfield is the company’s sixth branch. The Springfield branch is expected to open in late March of 2017.

Catering to the Southwestern Missouri area, the Springfield branch will offer products and services covering automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and personal and machine safety.  French Gerleman is the exclusive distributor of Siemens Automation in Western Missouri and Kansas.

Located near I-44 and Chestnut Expressway, the facility will include office and warehouse space, as well as a large in-house sales counter open to the public.

About French Gerleman:

French Gerleman is the region’s leading supplier of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services to industrial, commercial and construction markets.  Based in St. Louis, MO, French Gerleman has locations in Kansas City; Quincy, IL; Columbia, MO; and Washington, MO. With nearly 100 years in the industry, French Gerleman is a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2016 Family Business Award. For more information, visit www.frenchgerleman.com.

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Thanksgiving Celebrations Abound at French Gerleman

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We have a lot to be thankful for at French Gerleman. This time of year, we like to take some time to reflect on the things and people we are most thankful for, and to celebrate the season. This year, we have much for which to be thankful, including our families, friends, wonderful employees and the support of our customers.

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This past week, our Kansas City, St. Louis, Quincy and Columbia branches hosted Thanksgiving lunches for our employees to show our appreciation for their hard work throughout the year. We had a great time eating and spending time together as the extended French Gerleman family. French Gerleman provided the turkeys and the sides and desserts were pot luck style, with employees sharing their favorite dishes. It was a fun way to sample holiday favorites and learn more about the French Gerleman team. As you can see in the pictures, we had TONS of fantastic food.

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We would like to send out a big, heartfelt thank you to our employees. We are extremely fortunate to have a team of passionate and dedicated employees who embrace our culture, work hard to serve our customers and give back to the community.

Thank you to our customers who have supported us now for nearly 100 years. It’s because of you that we received the recent St. Louis Business Journal’s Family Business Award and what has helped us continue to grow, year after year.

From all of us at French Gerleman, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends and enjoy this holiday.


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French Gerleman Family Business Award Recap and Thank You

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This past month, we had the honor of attending the St. Louis Business Journal’s Award Dinner for the Family Business Award. This was a wonderful event honoring a few select family owned businesses. Bill French, French Gerleman CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the entire French family.

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Here are a few highlights from Bill’s acceptance speech for our Family Business Award:

“The company was started in the 1920s when my Grandfather returned from serving in France during WWI as an artillery captain in the same outfit as Harry Truman.  He came back and, along with his father and brother, incorporated French Gerleman in 1923. My grandfather would tell me stories of getting on a horse-drawn trolley car on south 10th street near where Busch Stadium is today and going down to Anheuser-Busch to pick up a 100 pound, 5 HP motor and bringing it back to the office for repair.”

Today, if we saw a horse drawn trolley hauling a 100 pound motor, we would all be taking pictures and posting them on social media. It’s a very different world, right? French Gerleman has grown from a small motor repair shop to a company which employs more than 250, including six family members, and has a 174,000 square foot corporate headquarters and retail distribution center in St. Louis.

Bill thanked the French and Wagner families for their continued hard work and support in running a family business. He also thanked the 250+ people who help to run French Gerleman on a daily basis and do a great job servicing our customers, all of whom share this award.

Bill is often asked about his values, what makes French Gerleman successful and how he generates enthusiasm, comradery and family spirit?

“I give credit to my faith in God and all I have learned through my study of the Holy scripture,” said Bill French.

Thank you to St. Louis Business Journal for this award and especially to our customers who have supported us over the years and helped us to grow.


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French Gerleman Named a St. Louis Business Journal Family Business Award Winner

family-business-awaeThe St. Louis Business Journal just released their list of Family Business Award winners, and we are excited to announce that French Gerleman has made the list. This is the first year for the award, and we are thrilled to be honored alongside six other local, family owned companies.

For nearly 100 years, we have kept the company in the French family and maintained our strong mission statement. We have six family members currently involved with the business. It’s important to us, as a company, to not only grow as a whole, but for individuals within the company to grow and be successful. We are particularly proud of our many long term employees – we have many 20+ year employees among our ranks! Our employees become like family and we are fortunate to have them on our team.

Founded in 1923, French Gerleman was built on a strong foundation of guiding principles. Among those is a continued emphasis on forging enduring relationships with those who have had an interest in our success.

We are grounded in the past and poised for the future. Our success is dependent on all us working together to stay strong and to continue to grow as a company. We are proud of our history and that strong background helps us work towards the future.

Stories for each of the companies honored by the St. Louis Business Journal appeared in the October 21 issue, which can be found HERE.

Thank you to the St. Louis Business Journal for this honor.  It means a lot to us to be recognized for our family heritage and history, it is what makes French Gerleman what it is today.


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French Gerleman Product & Technology Expo 2016 Video

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Product and Technology Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center! We had a great turnout with nearly 400 attendees from more than 200 companies. The Expo show floor was filled with more than 70 booths of vendors and industry representatives. Educational breakout sessions were held on more than 40 topics.

This event was a great opportunity for customers to get hands on experience with products they might not have seen before, and ask vendors questions firsthand.

If you were unable to attend our Expo, be sure to check out our recap video!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our event, from the customers, vendors and French Gerleman employees who helped make this Expo a great success. We hope to see you all again next year!


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French Gerleman Product and Technology Expo Recap

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our Product and Technology Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center last week! We had a great turnout with nearly 400 attendees from more than 200 companies.

The breakout sessions were a great opportunity for our guests to hear from some of our top vendors, including: AFC Cable Systems, APC, Brady, Eaton’s B-Line Series Solutions, Emerson Networks/Liebert, Fluke, Greenlee, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, LUTZE, Mersen, Panduit, Rockwell Automation, SolaHD, Universal Lighting Technologies, Wirewerks and more. Our vendors hosted a wide array of seminars on topics ranging from lighting, automation, safety, data centers, wiring devices to product demos like the Steinhauer ModCenter. Attendees left the seminars feeling better informed on current technology and new products.

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The Expo show floor was filled with more than 70 booths of vendors and industry representatives. This was a great opportunity to meet many vendors first-hand. Walking around the expo floor, we heard some wonderful conversations with our guests and vendors. Many vendors expressed the great time they had meeting customers.

It was amazing to see such a wide group of people from industrial companies, commercial entities and construction gathered together to learn more about our products and the latest technology news. The opportunity to network, get hands on with the products and ask vendors questions directly is priceless, and we look forward to offering more opportunities like this in the future.

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our first ever Product and Technology Expo, we hope to see you again at our upcoming events!