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

 

 

 

 

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.