Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with Products Made in the USA

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Happy Independence Day! Celebrate with Products Made in the USA

In the spirit of patriotism and the Independence Day holiday, we wanted to highlight a few of our vendors who manufacture products in the USA. By supporting companies who manufacture here, you are supporting our strong, American manufacturing workforce.

As a family-owned, Midwestern-based company, we are proud to support American made products like these:

Eaton’s B-Line series manufactures products across the United States, from Massachusetts to Texas. A few of the great B-Line products that are manufactured here in the USA include spring steel fasteners and Flextray™ wire basket, both of which are manufactured in Illinois.

The B-Line series Spring Steel Fasteners are excellent fastening solutions for a variety of electrical, mechanical and datacom applications. They include a broad range of products from the attachment to metal studs, acoustical tees, steel beams, channel, purlins and more. The entire line offers labor-saving solutions to lower the total cost of installation. You can browse the catalog and full product lineup of fasters HERE.

Eaton’s B-Line series Flextray™ Wire Basket Tray is ideal for commercial and data center cable management, in turn providing a flexible means of adapting your tray to fit any job-site application. They help reduce total installation cost through material and labor savings. The new design attaches to the bottom of the tray without hardware and locks into position with built-in tabs. They reduce field fabrication of horizontal fittings by up to 80%! Flextray included enhanced accessories to save you installation time and money. Check out the line of wire basket tray and accessories HERE.

Hubbell proudly supports U.S. manufacturing. Their tradition of quality is apparent in their products, but also in their operations. Just a few of these great product families manufactured here in the USA include pin and sleeve and fire-rated poke-throughs.

Hubbell has taken their highly rated IEC pin and sleeve devices and increased their horsepower ratings, added the switching capabilities of a motor disconnect and wrapped it in a sleek, compact new design. The disconnect button safely opens the circuit and confines any potential arching within contact chamber, making safety even easier. The devices save time and money by working with your existing installed base of IEC 60309-2 pin and sleeve plugs and inlets. Even better, these pin and sleeve connections feature a unique design to handle the most extreme wash down procedures. You can learn more about their pin and sleeve devices HERE.

Hubbell’s SystemOne Recessed 4, 6 and 8-inch fire-rated poke-throughs are designed to maximize installation flexibility and increase ease of use while adding a beautiful cover with an industry-leading load rating. Looks great and works even better! The stunning design matches your building’s decor while maintaining the highest safety with hide-a-way egress doors. Learn more about these fire-rated poke-throughs by downloading the catalog HERE.

Thomas & Betts is proud manufacture products United States and support local jobs. T&B Steel City and Ty-Rap are two of their many products made in the USA.

Steel City EMT fittings, with high-quality steel construction, are ideal for use in projects requiring U.S. manufactured components. The Steel City metallic outlet boxes and accessories provide innovative and efficient solutions for electrical rough-ins.  They save time and labor by shipping prefabricated, ready-to-install assemblies. You can view the Steel City lineup and features HERE.

Ty-Rap high-performance nylon cable ties are weather resistant and increase efficiency by attaching to your belt or convenient location. They feature an innovative design and engineered materials that make Ty-Rap the perfect fastening solution. You can learn more about the Ty-Rap solutions HERE.

Headquartered in Highlight Heights, KY, General Cable was incorporated in 1927. Their long history dates back more than 100 years and they are proud to manufacture many products in the U.S., including: Carol® Brand cord products (GenClean, SuperVutron Supreme); copper building wire (XHHW, THHN in colors, PV); STABILOY® Brand aluminum building wire (Feederplex™, MC, SER/SEU, MHF, XHHW, PV); data communication cables (GenSpeed® and Carol Helix® Brand); and electronic and industrial communication cables.

GenClean is ideally suited for the food/beverage industry. The rubber cord with GenClean jacket technology can substantially reduce the environmental conditions conducive to microbial growth. The GenClean jacket has been tested with many solvents and has proven itself in the toughest of environments. Its super tough jacket construction is built to withstand daily abuse, temperature extremes (-50°C to 105°C) and high-stress industrial environments.  It is abrasion-, cut-, heat-, flame-, sunlight- and chemical-resistant. You can download the GenClean™ brochure HERE to learn more.

SunGen Solar Cables offers an extensive line of low-, medium, high- and extra-high voltage cable products that address the requirements of solar power generation, distribution and transmission.  A complete solar energy solution, SunGen provides flexibility, ease of installation and long term performance. They are also now available in sun-resistant colors. You can learn more about the full SunGen line HERE.

Hoffman has been producing a variety of enclosure solutions for more than 70 years. Their air conditioners and concept style wallmount enclosures are some of their great U.S. manufactured products, including their thermal management products and their CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12 single door enclosures.

Hoffman’s thermal management products offer a variety of enclosure heating and cooling systems that are tailored to your application. Each unit is tested for reliability, is easy to install and maintain and backed by worldwide aftermarket service to keep you up and running. You can learn more about Hoffman’s thermal management solutions HERE.

The CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, single door enclosures are ideal for machine control applications. They feature streamlined styling, flush quarter-turn latches and a durable, and attractive, finish. They are available in solid or window single-door and two-door landscape, flush-mount and sloped-top version, perfect for application and mounting flexibility. You can download the CONCEPT, Type 4 and 12, catalog HERE.

For more than 160 years, Greenlee has been manufacturing high quality, professional grade tools for wire and cable. Their tools are known to outlast and outperform the competition. Two of their great products that are manufactured in the USA are the CS-8000 Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer and their G2090 cable stripping tool.

The Circuit Seeker™ circuit tracer promises to locate circuits that other units can’t. It utilizes both visual and audible signals in its ergonomically-designed handset and can trace concealed wires without power interruptions. It can also locate breakers for any circuit, live or open. The Greenlee Circuit Seeker™ is easy to use and extremely accurate. You can download the brochure HERE to learn more.

The G2090 cable stripping tool eliminates the potentially hazardous use of knives when stripping cable with safety and accuracy. Approximately 30% of all recorded jobsite injuries are caused by blade lacerations! Greenlee created the G2090 to help increase safety, accuracy and make the job faster and easier.

So there you have it, just a few of the products French Gerleman carries that are manufactured in the USA. To learn more about these products, be sure to contact your French Gerleman Representative.

We hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!


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Copper vs. Aluminum Wire – Applications and Considerations

The wire and cable industry uses a variety of metal conductors, but the two most common are copper and aluminum.  Because each metal type has unique properties, they are best suited for different applications or purposes.

Copper Wire

The most popular conductor used in commercial, industrial and residential construction is copper.  Due to its elemental makeup, copper is an excellent, relatively low-cost conductor (in comparison to gold and silver which are both excellent conductors).

Copper has many features and benefits:  in addition to its common acceptance in most applications, it has high tensile strength and higher current carrying capacity by volume, which means the conductors are typically smaller.  Smaller conductors can be of benefit when working in tight spaces and a primary reason copper is the preferred material when wiring branch applications like to a switch or receptacle.

Most metals corrode which can be detrimental to the efficacy of an electrical system.  While steps should be taken to prevent oxidation of conductors, it should be noted that copper oxidation is semi-conductive.

Copper costs significantly more than aluminum, so when moving large amounts of power is necessary, copper may be cost prohibitive.  Copper is also stiffer and heavier than equivalent ampacity aluminum conductors making it difficult to work with in larger runs.

Aluminum Wire

Aluminum wire has been around for a long time.  Primarily used for utility applications, aluminum is now being used more and more in feeder applications in large scale commercial, industrial and residential applications.  You likely have aluminum coming into your house to your main breaker panel.  Aluminum is a good conductor; however, there are things that must be considered before applying this 21st century metal.

A larger volume of aluminum is necessary to conduct the same electricity as copper, so typically you must upsize your conductor two sizes to accommodate the same circuit ampacity, e.g., substitute a 750 MCM aluminum for a 500 MCM copper.  Download General Cable’s Ampacity Calculator from their app page to help with proper sizing.

Aluminum is very light.  Even though the conductors are bigger they will likely weigh less than the equivalent ampacity copper conductor.  Additionally, the aluminum conductors will have a larger outer diameter due to the increase in size although this is mediated using compact stranding which reduces the air gap in between the strands.  Still, the larger conductors may create the need to upsize conduit.  Aluminum Wire is also “annealed” making it much more flexible than standard copper conductors and much harder to break due to mechanical wear.

Aluminum expands and contracts at a different rate than copper – each metal has a different coefficient of expansion.   Steps must be taken to prevent issues of creep (the movement of metal at connection points in the system while under electrical/thermal cycling) from occurring.  In today’s electrical world, this is commonly achieved by using dual rated lugs provided by the manufacturer of the gear you purchase.

Earlier in this article, we noted that copper oxide is semi-conductive, but aluminum oxide is an insulator.  It is standard practice to use an oxide inhibiting grease when making a connection at any point in your electrical system when there is the presence of an oxide accelerant (moisture or other element).

Return on investment (ROI) is very important to companies today.  Thus, the most obvious advantage in selecting aluminum wire is the its lower material price.  Aluminum is used in everything today, from packaging to airplane bodies and is the most plentiful ore found on the planet and as such the supply is high and the cost associated with it is low and very stable.  When employed to distribute power it is a very cost effective alternative.

Summary

In the end, both copper and aluminum are popular wire materials for commercial, industrial and residential projects.  The appropriate wire solution will depend on the project, situation, location, budget, code compliance and safety requirements.

If you have a question please reach out to the professionals here at French Gerleman:  coupled with our partner in both aluminum and copper wire, General Cable, we can help you with an answer.  General Cable is a 100+ year-old U.S. manufacturer whose wire products are recognized for their reliable performance, durability and safety.  Its products can be found in many high-profile projects throughout North America.

French Gerleman stocks a wide range of copper and aluminum wire sizes and colors in 500, 1,000 or 2,500 foot rolls or cut to length. Pulling heads are also available for most wire sizes.  In addition to wire, French Gerleman offers a variety of wire management solutions from transport to payout to save you time, money and materials.  To learn more, give your French Gerleman account manager a call today!


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Tray Cable – What is it and when to use?

Efficient cabling system design can take many forms with today’s wide variety of solutions.  Tray cable can be one of the simplest and most effective solutions in your facility today.

You might have heard the term “tray cable,” but do you know what it is and when you should use it? The National Electric Code (NEC) defines tray cables as, “a factory assembly of two or more insulated conductors under a nonmetallic sheath, for installation in cable trays, in raceways, or where supported by a messenger wire.”

Tray cable is a versatile cable that is approved for installation in raceways or cable tray.  Cables come in multiconductor and multipair styles, which means that they can be used for instrumentation/signal, control, power and lighting. Cable tray is used as an alternative to open wiring or electrical conduit systems and is great for cable management in commercial and industrial construction. Cable tray offers many benefits over conduit because cables are easier to access for installation, repair, removal and future development, as well as organization and clean, secure cable routing.

Tray cable is the ultimate all-around cable.  There are types that can be used in both wet and dry environments, in direct burial applications and sunlight resistant to be used outdoors.  Powerful enough to support structure of all sizes, tray cable is used in a wide range of manufacturing, industrial and commercial facilities.  Tray cable comes in a variety of multi-conductor and multi-pair styles that can be used for control, instrumentation/signal, power and lighting.  Insulation types are varied ranging from VNTC (Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable – least expensive), CVTC (Continuous Vulcanization Tray Cable) and ultimately to FREP (Flame-Retardant Ethylene Propylene Rubber – highest quality).  The insulation required depends on the environment and is usually dictated by the end user or engineer.

At French Gerleman, we stock many variations of General Cable Tray Cable in full reels or cut to custom lengths. With General Cable’s FREP® and VNTC®, you have access to the broadest line of industrial tray cable available in the market.

To complement our tray cable offering, we stock fittings and connectors specified for tray cable applications.

French Gerleman’s in-stock tray cable offering:

  • Jacket materials: PVC, XLP, FREP, CPE, LSZH and more
  • Shielded or Non-shielded options
  • Voltages: 300V or 600V
  • Colors: standard and special color codes available
  • Lengths: standard lengths or custom cuts
  • Fittings and connectors in stock

Interested in learning more or getting started with tray cable? Give your Account Manager a call today!


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French Gerleman Wire Management Solutions and GenClean from General Cable

At French Gerleman, our expanded wire management solutions help save you time, money and get you the right materials! We are constantly expanding our colored wire offering to help make your jobs more efficient and safe.

Not only do we offer the standard black and colored wire and cable, but we also offer various wooden and metal compartment reel options to allow for parallel pulling. Even more, we can install pulling heads for more efficient, fast pull and we can even custom label your reels to aid in delivery to multiple locations, which will save you time and a headache, trying to sort out what needs to go where.

A product we are excited to offer at French Gerleman is GenClean™ by General Cable, ideally suited for the food/beverage industry. CAROL® Cable is a trusted brand who revolutionized the cord industry with Super Vu-Tron®, and have now made a splash with their Carol Brand Rubber Cord featuring GenClean technology. The rubber cord with GenClean jacket technology can substantially reduce the environmental conditions conducive to microbial growth.

GenClean Product Sheet

The GenClean jacket has been tested with many solvents and has proven itself in the toughest of environments, which is something we look for in our products.  Furthermore, its super tough jacket construction is built to withstand daily abuse, temperature extremes (-50°C to 105°C) and high-stress industrial environments.  It is abrasion-, cut-, heat-, flame-, sunlight- and chemical-resistant and includes the following benefits:

  • Smooth rubber jacket with enhanced ability to be properly cleaned
  • High durability for longer life-cycle
  • High performance in the harshest manufacturing environments
  • Excellent flexibility in cold temperatures
  • Resistant to oils, acids, chemicals, ozone and sunlight (UV)
  • Abrasion- and cut-resistant
  • High heat and flame resistance
  • TRU-Mark® Sequential Footage Marking System

If you are interested in learning more about French Gerleman’s Wire Management Solutions or General Cable’s GenClean, give your Account Manager a call today or request more info HERE.


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Noise Mitigating Cable- What Do You Need To Know?

Mitigating noise between cables used for high speed data communication is a major challenge. Luckily for us, and you, General Cable has come up with a solution! The GenSPEED 10 MTP utilizes revolutionary Mosaic Crossblock technology to shield the cable from other external cable sources without the need for grounding.  This design includes an insulating layer separating metallic blocks.  With this patented technology, there is no need for grounding since there is no metal-to-metal contact.

Now you can future-proof your networks with the GenSPEED 10 MTP Cable from General Cable! The industry-trusted thin-profile 10 gig cable features a reduced diameter and enhanced performance. The cable’s reduced overall diameter allows for a much easier installation and increased fill capacity.  The UTP design provides industry-leading protection from external cable noise sources, which is also known as alien crosstalk. The thin metallic tape of segmented sections that separates the insulated layer is the Mosaic Crossblock.  This eliminates the metal-to-metal contact and eliminates the need for grounding.

For more info and detailed look at GenSPEED 10, check out the video HERE.

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Here are some of the key features of the GenSPEED 10 MTP:

  • Thin-profile design with reduced cable weight for increased fill capacity
  • Superior protection against alien crosstalk
  • Utilizes EfficienC Max technology to support up to 140 W* to PoE devices
  • Cable temperature rated to 90 degrees Celsius for higher protection
  • Rugged 23 AWG Conductors
  • First to industry with UL listing CMP-LP (0.7A)

With improved protection against alien crosstalk, new thin profile and easier installation, what more can you ask for? To learn more about the GenSPEED 10 MTP or to place an order, contact your account manager today!


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VFD Cables VS. Traditional Cables for Drive Applications

Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) cables have been around since the early 1990s in order to help minimize operational issues with VFD systems. The advancements in Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors and technology drives caused a significant increase in the high frequency information output from the drive inverters. That means that traditional power cables had issues handling these high frequency signals, which could lead to system problems.

This is why VFD cables are so important. They provide extra protection and are specifically designed for installation between a motor and a VFD. This reduces any downtime when using THHN or shielded tray cables. VFD cables are designed for higher stranding, robust insulation and overall better shielding.

Why should you choose VFD cables?

VFD cables are more reliable than traditional cables, and offer better protection and improved performance over traditional. Traditional cables cannot compare to the performance improvement and they lack a shielding system, which minimizes radiated and conducted noise. VFD cables offer industrial grade XLPE insulation, which is entirely more reliable than traditional.

Product Spotlight:

General Cable offers a wide range of VFD cables perfect for any setup. With the CVTC® and CCW® lines, General Cable offers the highest quality VFD cable solutions for many categories including factory automation, traditional power generation, marine, refining and petrochemical, specialty chemical and wastewater treatment applications. General Cable designs incorporate symmetrical grounding which minimizes ground voltages and induced ground currents that can lead to motor-bearing fluting and premature motor failure. VFD cables from General Cables undergo rigorous testing to ensure the most reliable power from the AC drive to AC motors. You can rest easy knowing your cables are performing at their best.

CVTC

CVTC® VFD
CVTC® VFD cables are designed and engineered to handle the challenges presented in VFD environments. They are used in a wide range of applications. CVTC is a low voltage power, shielded 600V, UL type TC-ER, unarmored and Method 4 color code.

Features (SPEC 4550):

  • Rated at 90°C wet or dry
  • Combination foil/brand shield provides maximum shield coverage required for VFD applications
  • Abrasion and chemical resistant
  • Stable electrical properties over a broad temperature range
  • Sunlight and weather resistant
  • Meets cold bend test at -25°C
  • Flexible strand conductors for all sizes to allow for ease of installation and long-term performance in light duty flexing applications

Applications include:

  • Free air, raceways or direct burial.
  • For use with AC motors controlled by pulse-width modulated inverter in VFD applications rated up to 1000V.
  • For use in aerial, conduit, open tray and underground duct/installations.
  • It is permitted for use in Class 1, Division 2 industrial hazardous locations per NEC.
  • Permitted for Exposed Run use in accordance with NEC.

CCW

CCW® VFD Low and Medium Voltage Power

General Cable’s CCW® Armored Power, 3/C VFD and 4/C cables are insulated conductors and grounding wires that are cabled together with non-hygroscopic fillers.

Features (SPEC 9600):

  • 3-conductor CCW power cables with three grounding wires are recommended for use with pulse-width AC drives.
  • CCW armor provides an impervious barrier to moisture, gas and liquids.
  • CCW armor provides EMI shielding performance.
  • Factory assembled and tested cable for use as an alternative to cable in conduit wiring systems.
  • Meets cold impact at -40°C.
  • 90°C continuous operating temperature, wet or dry.
  • 130°C emergency rating.
  • 250°C short circuit rating

Applications include:

  • 3-conductor CCW armored cables with 2 symmetrical grounding wires are the preferred wiring method for use with AC motors controlled by pulse-width modulated inverters in VFD applications.
  • CCW armored cabled offer an economical, rugged and reliable alternative to labor-intensive cable in conduit wiring methods.
  • For use in Class I, II and III, Divisions 1 and 2; and Class I, Zones 1 and 2 hazardous locations per NEC Articles 501, 503 and 505.
  • For use as services, feeders and branch circuits for power, lighting, control, and signal circuits in accordance with NEC articles 330 and 725.
  • Installed indoors or outdoors, wet or dry, buried, embedded, in a raceway, as aerial cable on a messenger, in cable trays, or as exposed runs secured to supports in accordance with NEC article 330.
  • Recognized for use on fixed or floating offshore petroleum facilities as recommended by the American Petroleum Institute.

Want to learn more about VFD cables? Give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call today or contact us.


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General Cable’s Cable Featuring GenClean™ Jacket Technology Withstands the Rigors of the Food/Beverage Industry

Sample LOGOWe’re excited to introduce you to General Cable’s Carol® Brand Rubber Cord featuring GenClean™.  General Cable’s Carol Brand is the most recognized name in flexible cords for temporary power. But what exactly is GenClean™? GenClean is a proprietary new jacketing technology developed by General Cable for rubber portable cord used in the food and beverage industry.  GenClean offers all the benefits and durability of rubber cord with a cleanable jacket, which permits organic material to be more readily removed in a wash cycle.

GenClean_Circular_FC - CopyRubber cord with the GenClean jacket technology may substantially reduce the environmental conditions conducive to microbial growth.  For water wash-down, water temperatures up to 212°F (100°C) are acceptable.  The maximum temperature for operation in water is 140°F (60°C).

The GenClean jacket has been tested with many solvents and has proven itself in the toughest of environments.  Furthermore, its super tough jacket construction is built to withstand daily abuse, temperature extremes (-50°C to 105°C) and high-stress industrial environments.  It is abrasion-, cut-, heat-, flame-, sunlight- and chemical-resistant and includes the following benefits:

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  • Smooth rubber jacket with enhanced cleanability
  • High durability for longer life-cycle
  • High performance in the harshest manufacturing environments
  • Excellent flexibility in cold temperatures
  • Resistant to oils, acids, chemicals, ozone and sunlight (UV)
  • Abrasion- and cut-resistant
  • High heat and flame resistance
  • TRU-Mark® Sequential Footage Marking System

Who isn’t tired of dirty cables? We’re excited to have GenClean in stock, and to share the product with all of you. To learn more about GenClean technology or to download the informational video on TRU-Mark Sequential Footage marking system, simply visit GenClean.

GenClean Cable with Print Legend

Are you ready to order GenClean? Give us a call, we’d be happy to talk! Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or click here to request more information.

 


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Honoring the Fourth of July With U.S. Made Products

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In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, we wanted to write a blog that focuses on products manufactured in the USA. What better way to celebrate Independence Day? T&B says it best, “American innovation and hard work produce a current like no other.” When you connect with companies who manufacture in the USA, you connect with American jobs, products and people.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed in 2009 and intended to stimulate the U.S. economy by injecting $787 billion in spending and tax cuts. For federal, state and municipal projects funded by the ARRA, there is a preference for the use of U.S. domestic products. The following companies are all “Buy American” compliant:

Thomas & Betts

While Thomas & Betts has a global operations, their American workforce is more than 4,900 strong! Its U.S. plants produce a wide range of components that improve the transmission and distribution of electrical power. T&B’s Distribution Center, located in one of the top distribution regions in the country, ships 85,000 products a day to keep industry powered up. T&B has manufacturing plants in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts and Tennessee.

T&B Steel City, manufactured in the USA Steel EMT Fittings, are high-quality steel construction, ideal for use in ARRA projects requiring US manufactured components. To learn more about the available sizes, you can view their sales brochure HERE.

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Hubbell has a wide range of products available for your next project, all manufactured in the U.S.! They range from ground fault receptacles, switches, occupancy sensors, lighting controls, network wiring, cable protection products and more. For a full list of products available from Hubbell that are “Buy American” compliant be sure to download their PDF HERE.

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SolaHD has a complete line of energy saving transformers that are compliant with the “Buy American” provisions of the ARRA. They are manufactured in the U.S., are compliant to NEMA TP-1 standards, single and three phase availability and are high efficiency for low cost operation. To see the full list of features and benefits and to learn more about products available from SolaHD, you can download the PDF HERE.

General Cable LOGO Green and Black

General Cable products are manufactured in America to build America. At General Cable, they provide cutting and paralleling services as well as pulling eyes for easy installation. They offer great products including STABILOY® Brand aluminum building wire as well as copper building wire and Carol® Brand cord products. They are perfect for portable power during construction. To learn more about the products available from General Cable, you can download their Manufactured in America PDF HERE.

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To learn more about products that are manufactured in the USA or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, contact your French Gerleman representative. From all of us at French Gerleman, we hope you and your families have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday!

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