Company News: Kathy Popik Promoted At Gordon

We are excited to announce that Kathy Popik has been promoted to the Returns and Procurement Coordinator position. Kathy has worked as a warehouse associate since September 2021, where she was an integral part of our receiving and shipping team.

In her new position, Kathy will manage our inventory making sure that returns are correctly handled. She will work closely with our purchasing managers to learn the procurement process and our operations managers at each location to evaluate the disposition of returned items. Kathy’s firsthand knowledge of how our warehouses operate is a valuable insight brought to this position.

“We are very excited about Kathy’s promotion to the purchasing department,” says Kim Boswell, Materials & Purchasing Manager at Gordon Electrical Supply, “She has the initiative and positive attitude needed to help her succeed in this position. She will be a great asset to our team.”

You can read about Kathy’s promotion in the Daily Journal and tED magazine.

The Deadeye chip collector

Sounds like the title of an old western. He walks into the saloon and looks around with his one good eye to find the card game in the corner. He sits down and wins every hand.

The Ideal 36-815 chip collector is a handy device. If you have ever had to drill into a hot panel, you know the risk of the chips falling across the bus bars.

THE DEADEYE™ Magnetic Chip Collector securely attaches to magnetic surfaces and collects metal chips while cutting.

  • Works with up to 2-1/2″ diameter cutters
  • Minimal profile provides improved visibility and access to workspace
  • Integrated keychain loop
  • Protects exposed wires, cables and equipment from hot, sharp metal
  • Prevents hot metal chips from falling on exposed skin
  • Keeps workspaces clean and free from debris

~Woody

We’re throwing a change up this July!

You may have noticed that we change up our display tables every month, but this time we’ve really hit it out of the park, and you definitely want to get caught looking at these great products!

Stop at first base to learn more about Sylvania/Ledvance lightbulb options in Pontiac!

Round to Third where in left field we have our Ideal table display where you can see our Ideal Starting Line Up and enter the Splice Zone! 

Step right up to bat at Mokena! When you enter the door you can swing by the table to learn more about Ideal, and see what Leviton has on deck for receptacles!

At Kankakee we’re playing a clean up inning! We have the grand slam of displays here where you can see our Ideal Starting Line Up, Learn all about what Leviton has on deck, walk on over to see the Keystone Lighting….. 

Or come see the Gordon rookie, our new Panasonic Ventilation display!

 

~ Samantha

 

Our Father’s Day Favorites!

Father’s Day is this month and boy do we have some ideas for gifts! Whether you’re shopping for dad, grandpa, or any other man in your life – or if you’re sending this to the family group chat for hints of what you actually want for Father’s Day– you’ve landed in the right place!

We’re only going to show you our top 5, but you can find the rest on our Father’s Day Pinterest Board!

Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker

Listen to all the best dad rock on the Klein Tools Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker. This speaker is magnetic and has a hook so you can hang it anywhere you are. It’s rugged, portable, dust and water-resistant, and best of all you can charge your phone all while listening to your favorite tunes!

 

Caseta by Lutron

Does your dad walk around adjusting the thermostat and turning lights on and off in the house? If so, smart devices by Lutron may be the perfect gift for him. Whether your dad is concerned about saving energy at the touch of a button, or your dad is like mine and uses it to mess with the lights when one of us is home alone, the Caseta by Lutron puts the power in the palm of his hand!

Klein Tools Multi-Bits/Multi-Sockets

A typical conversation every father has with their kid is when they need that one socket or that one bit that has magically gone missing since their kid borrowed a tool. Klein has got your back with a variety of multi-bit tools that are a true wonder with how versatile they are. A few options even allow the various bits to fit in the socket so here is to fewer lost items around the house.

Milwaukee Hard Hat Headlamp

Tired of having to yell when the light isn’t in the right spot? This headlamp is the perfect fix for that. Use it at work, use it on your home projects, or use it how my dad does: for grilling outside when it gets too dark. There are so many different places you can use this headlamp that it’s a no-brainer!

 

Ideal Hex-Key Set

This hex-key set is the Ideal gift for this father’s day. It’s perfect for those IKEA drawers that they “will totally put together themselves” but you end up spending a few hours doing it on your own. This multi-key has 9 different hex-keys and the handle won’t make your hands go numb like they do when using that tiny little Allen wrench they provide.

 

Bonus Gift Idea! 3M Heavy Duty Duct Tape

Now, I know you’re saying “you said five, not six gift ideas”. Well, we’re tossing a bonus one in there! 3M heavy duty duct tape is great to just have around for when you need it. And when you need it may be when you’re wrapping up the next gift so they really take their time with the unwrapping!

 

 

Let us know what you’re looking forward to getting this Father’s Day!

~Samantha

Midnight Snack

It’s 1 AM. You wake up and remember that there is left over pizza in the fridge! You tip toe to the kitchen with the skill of a Ninja trying not to wake anyone. Making it to the fridge, you open the door to find your midnight delight has been wrapped in aluminum foil!

With the glow of the fridge light, you slowly unwrap it, not making a sound.

With a full stomach, it’s time to be a Ninja again and make it back to bed.

You turn around in the dark and slam you toe into a chair waking everyone in the house.

Cooper Light has the night light you need!! No more dark rooms.

The HALO RL Night Light 6″ Direct Mount features two modes: downlight mode for general area illumination and night light mode for a gentle glow illuminating the acrylic trim. (See image 2 below)

  • Simply toggle your light switch to change modes.
  • The downlight mode features 5-color selectable CCT ranging from 2700K warm light to 5000K cool light, while the night light mode offers a warm 2000K glow.
  • This canless direct mount downlight does not require a housing for installation.
  • The slim design fits in 2×4 construction or ultra-shallow plenum spaces.

Contact your Gordon rep for more information on the Halo RL Night Light 6″ Direct Mount.

~Woody

Company News: Welcome Ashley & Congrats Mary!

Congratulations, Mary Fontaine!

Gordon Electric Supply is excited to announce the promotion of Mary Fontaine to Account Assistant. She began working at Gordon in December 2020 as an office assistant at our Kankakee location and had previously worked as a lab tech at various medical facilities and as an administrative assistant for a transit equipment company. Mary holds an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from KCC.

In her new role, Mary will focus on aiding the accounting department’s invoicing efforts. “Mary has proven herself to be a valuable part of our team,” says Kathy Rudin, Controller, “so we are thrilled to see her support the accounting department in this new capacity.”

A news brief about Mary’s promotion was published in The Daily Journal, which you can read here.

Welcome, Ashley O’Connor!

Ashley O’Connor joined the accounting team at Gordon Electric Supply in Kankakee this April as an Accounts Payable Specialist. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and brings years of experience in various roles to her current position.

In her role at Gordon, Ashley is in contact with our sales team and many of our vendors to make sure that invoices, purchase orders, and freight information are correct and are timely paid.

“We are excited for Ashley to join the accounting team,” says Kathy Rudin, Controller at Gordon, “Her years of experience will be a great asset.”

Gordon Electric Supply is an electrical and lighting distributor located at 1290 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. For more information, call 815-936-4700 or visit www.gordonelectricsupply.com.

A news brief about Ashley joining the Gordon team was published in The Daily Journal. You can read it here.

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