Company News: Growth At Gordon

It has been a busy March and April with the addition of new team members and promotion of current colleagues. We are thrilled to share some of our recent good news.

Mark Weaver

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the addition of Mark Weaver as Inside Sales Representative at our Kankakee location. Mark brings twenty-six years of experience in electrical sales and management to the Gordon team.

“I look forward to building a relationship with Mark,” said Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager, “With his knowledge and experience, he will make a great addition to our company.” His prior experiences and industry knowledge are a key asset to the inside sales team, who work directly with customers, fulfilling orders and forming relationships with daily customers.

Read The Daily Journal’s Business Briefcase feature on Mark Weaver here.

Christian Ellis

Christian Ellis has been promoted to the Customer Service Representative position at Gordon Electric Supply. Previously, Christian worked as a warehouse associate at the Kankakee branch where he helped ship and receive orders.

His familiarity and experience with inventory and the purchasing process will be a benefit to the customers and the customer service team. “Christian is customer focused and solution driven, making him a great fit to our team,” Cat Buckley, Supervisor of eCommerce Customer Service, said, “We are very fortunate to have Christian’s background in warehouse and customer service experience.”

Read The Daily Journal’s Business Briefcase feature on Christian Ellis here.

Warehouse Additions: Javier Garduno & Lucas Glazik

The two newest team members of the warehouse team at our Kankakee branch are “sure to be part of the strong foundation of Gordon Electric Supply,” said Dave Brza, Warehouse Manager. Javier Garduno joined the Gordon team in late March while Lucas Glazik joined shortly after in early April. Both men bring previous forklift experience in warehouse settings.

“Javier has a willingness to get involved and get the job done while Lucas is eager to take on new challenges,” said Dave Brza, adding that their “teamwork first mentality is refreshing to our warehouse staff, and we feel ready for the challenges coming our way.”

Lucas comes to Gordon with an associate’s degree in chemistry from Kankakee Community College while Javier has previously worked in inventory management.

We look forward to seeing the Gordon team grow!

Finally, A Retrofit LED That’s Not Corny!

LED retrofit lamps have come a long way. The typical retrofit is referred to
as a “corn cob” because it looks like a husked corn cob.

These lamps are great if you have the room in your fixture. To get a higher lumen output, the lamp must be giant, it weighs a lot and again, it’s ugly and won’t fit in most existing fixtures.

Luckily, TCP has come out with a lamp that will take care of these problems: The High Lumen LED Filament Lamp. It comes in a range of sizes to fit most existing fixtures, and it looks nice!

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the amazing features of the High Lumen LED Filament Lamp:

  • Universal burn position
  • Ballast bypass 120-277V
  • Versatile–can be used in open or enclosed fixtures
  • 360° beam angle
  • Lightweight
  • Easy installation–screw it into the existing socket
  • Energy savings of more than 75% over traditional HID metal halide lamps
  • 2200K available–perfect for HPS replacements
  • Instant start

These are perfect options for high bay, low bay, bollards, and wall pack fixtures. Ideal for warehouses, large public areas, gymnasiums, industrial lighting, parking structures, large retail facilities, movie theaters, large outdoor areas, and pathways.

Contact your Gordon rep or call 1-800-892-1866 to learn more about adding High Lumen LED Filament Lamps to your next project!

~Woody

Sparking Awareness: Resources for Electrical Safety

The month of May has Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day, and Victoria Day in Canada. But did you know that the entire month of May is National Electrical Safety Month?

Safety is probably already at the top of your list like it is for us. So to kick off National Electrical Safety Month, we are sharing some resources from the experts. Stay safe and spark awareness, not injuries!

2021 Resources

2022 Resources

~Kristine & Samantha

 

 

 

 

Measure Twice, Cut Once!

Measure twice, cut once! 

What a statement! Nothing worse than cutting a board, a piece of wire or anything, and coming up short. This can become very expensive when it comes to cutting wire! 

Imagine having to pull three 500MCM cables 150’ up and a cross the ceiling and you are 3 feet short. If you are the one who came up with the lengths, it’s not gonna be a good day. 

The way this used to be done was by counting the conduit and guessing!! This would get you close but could create a lot of wasted wire and that is wasted money. (And a good chewing out by the Boss.) 

Greenlee has a simple solution for this: the 435 conduit measuring tape. 

  • Greenlee’s power fishing tool allows you to fish and measure conduit runs in one operation 
  • Permanently printed measurements every foot from zero to 3000′ IN (914 m) 
  • Made of strong, waterproof polyester 
  • Easy to use, pull it in the conduit, read the measurement, and cut the wire 

~Woody

 

Duct, Duct, Goose: An Exhaust Fan With EZDuct Connector

Now, we’re a fan of many things at Gordon, but there are some special products that just light up our world in a different way. Often, we learn about these products at or after the AHR Expo happens, but this year we were ahead of the game with what our friends at Broan-Nutone presented.

This year they had a really cool solution to all those exhausting fan problems. From their Flex Series, Broan-Nutone brought their A-game with this Humidity Sensing Ventilation Fan & Light.

You don’t need AHR access to see this product, or attic access to install it. It has new technology that reduces backdrafts of warm and cold air and has a sensor that will automatically turn it on and off when the set humidity point is reached. It just makes sense to us!

And you can find it at Gordon!

Product Features:

  • 110 CFM, Effective ventilation to remove moisture and reduce the risk of mold or mildew in most full baths
  • Sones for Ultra quiet performance
  • Bright 3000K energy efficient LED lighting to help illuminate your room
  • Humidity sensing technology
  • Retrofit installations can be done entirely from the room-side, no attic access required.
  • EzDuct™ connector can be installed from the room side, with no attic access required
  • TrueSeal™ Damper technology reduces air leakage up to 50%
  • Foldable mounting ears allow for easy installation in both new construction and room-side replacement applications
  • ENERGY STAR® certified product
  • UL Listed for use over bathtubs and showers when connected to a GFCI protected branch circuit (ceiling mount only).
  • Powerful enough for rooms up to 100 sq. ft.
  • Permanently lubricated AC motor engineered for continuous operation

We never get exhausted talking about this exhaust fan, so ask a Gordon rep for more information.

~Samantha

Showing Off The Show Rooms

If you’ve stopped by a Gordon location, you’ve probably seen the variety of displays in the show room. From tools to breakers to tape, each location highlights some of the products you need for the job.

Recently, we added some new displays and moved a couple favorite displays around at each location. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to!

We’ve updated the display table with some Keystone lighting and Legrand favorites just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

The display table at our Mokena branch greets you at the door with some great information on Legrand applications.

 

The Schneider Electric/Square D breaker display is getting a little sun in its new spot at our Kankakee branch.

Pontiac Electric Supply is feeling the luck of Legrand with a variety of wall plates and receptacles.

Company News: Cat Buckley Promotion

Catherine “Cat” Buckley has been promoted to Supervisor of e-Commerce Customer Service and Returns for Gordon Electric Supply, a distributor of electrical and lighting supplies. She began working at Gordon in the summer of 2021 as an eCommerce Customer Service Representative, bringing years of previous customer service and management experience.

In her new role, Cat will be overseeing the quality and timeliness of answering customer inquiries to provide them with the most up-to-date information for their orders. Her previous management experience will be an asset to guide the customer service team.

“I’m excited to utilize our new system to its full potential, showing how we are able to work better as a team and communicate with the customer faster than ever,” said Buckley, adding that she is interested in “new techniques in which we can better serve our customers with monitoring their order and working together with the sales team to provide the best customer service possible.”

Her promotion announcement can be viewed in tED Magazine.

Staying in and staying warm with TPI this winter!

It’s winter in the USA, and let’s be real, we’re cold. Our toes are cold. Our ears are cold. Our fingers? Cold. And all this cold is stuffing up our noses. And our noses being stuffy? Reminds us of spring allergies.

Looking for a heater that will keep you warm, but also aren’t forced air blowing around dust, allergens, and dander? We think you’re looking for tried and true baseboard heating, and our friends from TPI have the perfect solution for you.

A product that they presented at AHR this year was a baseboard heater! With no need to run any additional HVAC Systems, this is a great way to control the temperature within those extra cold rooms where the central heating just doesn’t reach or rooms like your basement!

Product Features:

  • Available in white or ivory with stainless steel heating element and aluminum fins
  • Painted 22 gauge steel front with 20 gauge junction boxes located on each end of the heater – junction boxes contain quick connect cable clamps and 6” ground lead wires
  • Over-temperature thermal limit extends the entire length of heated area
  • A full-length wireway provided along the back of the heater – enclosed conduit available
  • Heater can be mounted to the wall by using the key hole knockouts every 4” at the back of the heater
  • Optional in-built thermostats field installed in the junction box

~Samantha

Partner Spotlight: ABB in the Green with Innovation

First, we saw ABB cable ties as integral parts of NASA’s space program, even going as far as Mars. Now ABB is back with a new innovation—albeit on Earth, this time.

Recently, ABB partnered with the United Kingdom Power Networks to reduce their use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6).  For those who don’t know (we definitely didn’t know at first) SF6 is the world’s most potent greenhouse gas.

In their 2030 Sustainability Strategy ABB showcased its commitment to assisting its customers and suppliers reduce emissions. This partnership will use a Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) that features AirPlus gas, which acts as an insulator between the electrical contacts with almost zero impact on the earth’s atmosphere.  The GIS will enable UK Power Networks to reduce the SF6 for 8.3 million homes and businesses in their network. ABB was one of the first companies to offer SF6 free switchgear solutions and it is a major player in the company’s sustainability efforts where they are attempting to transition to a completely SF6 Free portfolio.

Between their new GIS in the UK and cable ties on Mars, keep an eye out for what comes next from ABB!

ABB and UK Power Networks switch to a sustainable future with the world's first 36 kV double busbar AirPlus™ switchgear

Photo Courtesy of: ABB

Company News: Samantha Moore Joins Gordon!

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the addition of Samantha Moore to the Kankakee branch as the new Marketing Coordinator. She completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Digital Marketing at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL and brings a wealth of graphic design experience to her new role. Previously, she worked as a freelance marketing coordinator in the food and beverage processing industry.

“Samantha’s design and marketing skills are a wonderful asset to our marketing team, and her enthusiasm for the coordinator position is valuable to everyone working with her,” said Kristine Weller, Marketing Associate.

Outside of the office, Samantha is a devoted hockey fan, who enjoys spending time with her family.

You  can read about this exciting news in the recent post from tED magazine.