French Gerleman Columbia Branch Spotlight- Standing Together to Support our Families

French Gerleman Columbia Branch Spotlight- Standing Together to Support our Families

You might not realize how close-knit our locations are as part of the French Gerleman family. Our Columbia, MO, branch is located in a city with attractions such as the University of Missouri and The District with unique restaurants and shops as well as many great annual festivals.

The Columbia branch features 17 full time employees who cover 27 mid-Missouri counties from Highway 65 to the west, Highway 19 to the east, south to Rolla and north almost to Iowa. But what sets our Columbia branch apart is its talented and giving team members.

“When we have customers to take care of, we rally the team together. Everyone wears a lot of hats, and we make sure to help each other out and keep the customers’ best interests in mind,” said Mike Lincoln, Columbia Branch Manager. “We train our employees for several roles so they can step up when another team member needs assistance. By being a close-knit team, we are well equipped to serve our customers in a quick and efficient manner.”

The Columbia team is very close, and they are rabid supporters of each other’s children and families, jumping at the opportunity to support each other. If there is a crisis in the area, the French Gerleman team bands together to help out in any way they can. They are also very involved in the community, from hosting Red Cross blood drives at their branch to working with Welcome Home, Inc. to support veterans.

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Speaking of veterans, Mary Brown, a French Gerleman employee, has a son who is currently active duty in Iraq. Kyle DePriest is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He is a Bradley Master Gunner who is stationed out of Fort Riley, KS, but is currently on a nine month deployment. The Columbia branch joined together to collect items to send overseas to the military. To see the team jump at the opportunity to support Mary’s family and the military is simply heartwarming. If you’re interested in donating items to be sent overseas, simply email Mary at or call her at 573-886-3025.

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“The entire Columbia office rallies together to support each other’s families,” said Mary Brown. “Whether someone’s child has a fundraiser for school, supporting a charity, or the way the team has stepped up to gather donations to send to Iraq, we always know we can count on our supportive and outstanding team.”

The branch is located at 1815 Vandiver Drive in Columbia and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Our phone numbers are 573-474-4194 or 800-283-3122 (toll-free).  If you need a part or technical support outside of normal business hours, you can access our emergency service line by calling either of our phone numbers.


French Gerleman’s Washington Branch Celebrates 15 Years

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French Gerleman, an independent distributor of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products, is pleased to announce the 15th anniversary of their Washington, MO, branch.

French Gerleman’s Washington Regional Operations Center serves the I-44 and Highway 50 corridor. This location offers the full depth and breadth of the company’s product and service solutions including: enhanced local inventory, multiple delivery options, dedicated storeroom solutions, 24/7 emergency service, and specialized product manager support for customer convenience.

French Gerleman is dedicated to community involvement and growth in the Washington area. As members of the Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring local events and working with local merchants, they continue to build a lasting relationship with the community. They have also hired locally, with five Washington area residents on staff.

“Although French Gerleman enjoyed several customer relationships in Washington prior to the branch opening in 2000, becoming a part of the local community has been a very positive experience.  We have been welcomed and have benefitted from the proximity to many more exceptional businesses,” said French Gerleman president Mike Stanfill. “We look forward to continuing our focus and investment in this growing region.”

French Gerleman has continued their investment in their Washington facility with warehouse upgrades, new efficient lighting, HVAC system upgrades and more. French Gerleman will also debut a new “hot shot” delivery option in the coming weeks.

“This is a milestone year for our company, and we look forward to celebrating with our community,” said Stanfill.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary, the French Gerleman is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, September 9, from 11am to 1pm at their facility located at 1 Chamber Drive.

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