Graybar, a Fortune 500 company, specializes in supply chain management services, and is a leading North American distributor of high quality components, equipment, and materials. We serve the construction market, the commercial, institutional, and government (CIG) market, and the industrial and utility markets. Graybar products and services support new construction, infrastructure updates, building renovation, facility maintenance, repair and operations, and original equipment manufacturing.
Deadline Extended! Students Apply @ poweringtrades.com?by May 15, 2020
There is a labor shortage across the construction trades, and Graybar wants to help.
The National Electrical Contractors Association says that 7,000 electricians join the electrical industry each year, but more than 10,000 retire.
“With retirement on the horizon for many skilled professionals, the industry is in need of new ways to fill the talent gap,” said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella. “The lack of skilled workers and a narrow talent pipeline means that projects fall behind, costs rise and companies start to decline opportunities. The Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship allows us to make a positive difference by increasing awareness of careers in the construction trades and removing barriers to entry for young people with financial needs.”
Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship
Launched earlier this year, the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship is available to high-school students nationwide and aims to reduce the cost of attending a trade school or participating in an apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program.
Each award recipient of a Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship will receive $1,000, renewable for a second year to total $2,000. Graybar will award up to 50 of these scholarships.
In order to be eligible for the Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship, applicants must:
Students can find the link to apply for the scholarship at poweringtrades.com. Applicants must register and apply through Scholarship Central, a platform hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation. In addition to the applicant link, there is a host of information at poweringtrades.com. This includes program requirements, downloadable flyers and posters, and a list of frequently asked questions.
The deadline for the 2020 scholarship application has been extended to May 15. Recipients will be announced later this year.
To Graybar Customers and Suppliers,
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations.
We are open for business and continue to serve customers. We also have a contingency plan to support customers in case any of our individual locations become impacted.
As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are doing everything we can to maintain our normal work schedule in accordance with?CDC?guidelines around workplace health, safety and social distancing.
Graybar has been asked to help in a number of ways, one of which involves donating essential supplies to hospitals. We encourage you to join us in donating items needed to keep America’s infrastructure running.
Graybar has the logistics, experience and inventory to help our customers and suppliers navigate these difficult times. We are here to help, and we will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.
If you need assistance, please contact your local branch or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2020 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today reported its first quarter results.?
For the first three months of 2020, Graybar’s net sales totaled $1.8 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Net income attributable to Graybar for the quarter finished at $21.4 million, a 37.6 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2019.
“Like most companies, we faced unexpected challenges in the first quarter because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kathleen M. Mazzarella, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Graybar. “Graybar is an essential business, and we applaud our employees’ dedication to serving our customers and supporting our nation’s critical infrastructure. While the future remains challenging, Graybar is a resilient company that has stood the test of time. Because of this solid foundation, we are confident in our ability to withstand this crisis as we prepare for recovery.”
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 288 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.42wuji.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
The coronavirus is impacting many people in our communities – from first responders to customers and retirees. Across the country, Graybar employees have been working together to help aid those in need during this time.
Take a look at some of the ways we are #WorkingTogether:
Employees in Louisville recently provided groceries to a local retiree and his wife, since the local grocery store was running four days behind. The branch is checking in weekly on the couple to make sure they are doing well during this time.
Denver employees recently pulled together to source and deliver materials to help a customer set up a temporary hospital during the holiday weekend.?
Employees in Tampa worked through the holiday weekend to help take care of a large customer with a field hospital at the Miami Convention Center.?
Chicago and Atlanta
Employees in Chicago and Atlanta worked around the clock to help convert McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center, into a temporary hospital.
Youngstown employees recently donated wire to GLI Pool Products, to make cloth masks to help protect first responders from the virus.?
St. Louis employees recently donated protective eyeglasses to the City of Brentwood Fire Department.
Employees sourced an emergency shipment of Cat 6 cable to help set up an emergency shelter at a hospital to pre-qualify patients before entry.
Employees worked closely with customers Cleveland Electric, Allison-Smith Company and?Inglett & Stubbs, LLC?to collect masks and boot covers to donate to?Northside Hospital Healthcare System?and?Wellstar Health System?in Georgia.
Panduit recently teamed up with Graybar to donate 500 safety glasses for distribution to?hospitals and first responders.
In a recent Plant Engineering?poll, half of the respondents said their businesses have been negatively affected by COVID-19.?
Panduit recently shared tips to help you use downtime as an opportunity to improve communication and engagement around company safety protocols.
Consider these steps to improve electrical safety:
? ? ? ?1.?Revisit electrical specifications to see where you can introduce new technology
? ? ? ?2.?Standardize electrical safety procedures to help establish a company-wide culture of safety?
In this time of uncertainty, show your commitment to employee safety by using the downtime to review electrical safety on the plant floor. A shutdown provides a unique opportunity to walk through processes as a company, empowering employees to participate in the process and encouraging adoption of proper procedure when business as usual resumes.
 “Human Error Often Causes Arc Flash Accidents.” National Safety Council Safety + Health Magazine. Retrieved 3-31-2020
 “Hierarchy of Controls.” The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Retrieved 03-31-2020.
With 8,700 employees in 289 locations across North America including Canada and Puerto Rico, Graybar is a national company with local career opportunities, including:
Interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades? Click here to learn about Graybar’s new scholarship program.
??Named to FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list for the 17th year (2019)
??No. 423 on the FORTUNE 500 ranking of America’s largest companies (2019)
??Named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta, the California Bay Area, South Carolina and Edison and Teterboro (2019)
??No. 11 on the National Center for Employee Ownership “Employee Ownership 100” list (2019)
??No. 3 on Electrical Wholesaling’s Top 200 Electrical Distributors list (2019)
??No. 4 on the Modern Distribution Management Market Leaders list (2019)
??Named one of Selling Power’s “Best Companies to Sell For” (2019)
??On Broadband Communities’ Fiber to the Home Top 100 list (2019)?
??No. 5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 150 Privately Held Companies list (2019)
??2019 Private Board of the Year Award by Private Company Director, Directors and Boards and Family Business magazines
? Awarded the BBB Torch Award for the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and business ethics (2019)
? Awarded Vertex Innovation Award for applying tax technology in unique ways to overcome business challenges and drive value (2019)
As a leading North American distributor, Graybar operates with one clear mission: to serve as the vital link in the supply chain, adding value for customers and suppliers with innovative solutions and services. Graybar’s strategy is to sustain the organization as an independent and employee-owned company, while achieving the results that position the company as an industry leader and allows Graybar to work to the advantage of those it serves.