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.

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

 

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.

Sitting At The 2021 Popular Table

We know there is still one more month of 2021, but we are hoping our top 5 blog posts of 2021 will help move the end of the year closer. We are ready for 2022!

Without further ado, here are the top 5 Gordon blog posts of 2021. These were the posts most read by you this year.

If you haven’t checked out any of the top 5 posts of 2021, the links above will take you to each post.

Lastly, we want to wish everyone a happy New Year and thank you for tolerating our puns this year! Bye Bye Bye to 2021

Company News: Buddy Check 22 Core Value Award

On Saturday October 9, representatives from Gordon Electric Supply awarded a $1,000 donation to the local chapter of the Buddy Check 22 organization at their sixth annual Veteran Suicide Awareness Golf Scramble held at the Oak Springs Golf Club in St. Anne.

The donation was part of a semi-annual company program that rewards a peer-nominated employee for their embodiment of the company’s core values:  reliability, compassion, teamwork, and resourcefulness. The winner chooses a charity to which Gordon Electric Supply will donate $1,000. The purpose for the Core Values Award, according to Gordon CEO Cara Gordon Potter, “is to recognize an employee’s exceptional contribution and reward them with the honor of supporting our community with a donation from Gordon to the nonprofit of their choice.”

The most recent employee honored with the Core Values Award is Nelson Gowler, Operations Manager at Gordon’s Kankakee branch, who was recognized by coworkers for his resourcefulness and reliability to find solutions and motivate his team. He chose Buddy Check 22 for their dedication to supporting local veterans’ mental health. “I want to get the word out that the men and women who served our country need our support in return,” Gowler noted, “and calling a veteran you know to check in with them” can have a positive impact on veteran suicide rates.

Pictured at the donation ceremony is Kelly Frey and Don Ball of Buddy Check 22 along with Nelson Gowler and Dan Korthauer representing Gordon. At the completion of the award presentation, a veteran ceremony preceded the team golf scramble that Nelson Gowler was among the participants.

**UPDATE** You can read about this in The Electrical Distributor and The Daily Journal.

~Kristine

Company News: Rob Midvale Joins the Gordon Team

Rob MidvaleWe are excited to announce the hiring of Rob Midvale as the new Returns & Procurement Coordinator at Gordon Electric Supply, where he will work with our purchasing and warehouse teams on updating inventory management accuracy, purchasing, and coordinating order returns.

Rob brings years of experience to his new role that will be a benefit to the  company. He previously worked as a Production Scheduler and ISO Quality Coordinator. These positions enabled Rob to assist in the development of manufacturing processes to improve quality, materials procurement, and production repeatability.

Kim Boswell, Materials & Purchasing Manager, adds that “we are very excited to have Rob join us in the purchasing department. He’s enthusiastic with a positive attitude.”

Recently, The Daily Journal published a news brief about Rob’s hiring that can be read here.

EDIT: He is noted as the Returns & Purchasing Coordinator in the article while his actual title is Returns & Procurement Coordinator.

April Showers Bring…Lightning, Thunder, and Power Outages

Finally, spring is here! The earth is coming back to life. Flowers are blooming and the wild life is coming out of hiding.

Along with this comes thunder, lightning, and an occasional twister. Most people take cover during these storms but we here in the Midwest like to go outside, flip open our phones, say hold my drink, and film the whole event even if a house fly by.

Since most of us have been stuck working from home, a power outage or (even worse) a power surge can really mess things up. Our friends at APC by Schneider Electric have a broad range of products to take care this situation. Below is a brief survey of what you can find in APC’s surge protection products.

Battery Backup & Surge outlets keep CPU’s, monitors, and other critical devices running when the power goes out or fluctuates outside safe levels. Surge Only outlets protect printers, faxes or other equipment without reducing battery capacity (including three power-saving Controlled outlets on the BE750G).

Similarly, PowerChute Software lets you use your computer to access additional power protection and management features:
Preserves your work, shuts down system during outages
• Restarts your system, minimizing work disruptions
• Enables customization of your UPS settings
• Monitors and displays power and battery status

Data Line Surge Protection guards against surges and spikes traveling over data lines. The Combination Power Button/LED Indicator provides visual and audible status of unit. Along with its ultra efficient electrical design, it is RoHS compliance and contains all recyclable packaging materials minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency. A Building Wiring Fault Indicator lets you know if there are problems in your building’s wiring. Push Button Circuit Breaker enables quick recovery from overload. Automatic Diagnostic Testing ensures your unit is ready when you need it.

So your home office or maybe home theater stays safe in spring storms!

~Woody

Company News: Brad Robbins joins the Gordon team!

Gordon Electric Supply recently hired Brad Robbins as an e-commerce customer service representative.

Brad brings both customer service and sales experience from years working in the retail industry. Previously, he was a business owner and worked in the music industry where he enjoyed traveling to multiple countries. In his free-time, he enjoys cooking and listening to music.

In his current position as an e-commerce representative, Brad’s responsibilities will include building relationships with online customers, processing orders, and handling customer service calls. We are excited to have Brad as part of the Gordon team and utilize his experience. “Everyone has been great and very welcoming from day one,” Brad said and added that it is a “great feeling to be a part of something bigger than one’s self–that you actually have an impact on the outcome.”

Gordon Electric Supply is located at 1290 N. Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. You can read the Daily Journal’s news brief about Brad’s hiring.

Charge Your Device In a Safe Way!

 

 

UPDATE: NOW AVAILABLE at Gordon online.

COMING SOON! Everyone has a chargeable device now. From a phone to a tablet. And it never fails that when you need it, the battery is dead or on its way!

The problem with the chargers, is the adapter that you plug the cord in is huge. If you have other things plugged in this can be a problem. USB type outlets have been out for awhile now, but, what about the kitchen, bathroom or garage?? These require GFCI outlets, and to fit the charging adapter in the outlet, you have to unplug everything else.

Legrand has the answer: Radiant® 15A Tamper-Resistant Self-Test GFCI USB Type-AC Outlet. Coming Soon to Gordon Electric Supply!

Enjoy superior safety and the convenience of built-in USB charging, in a first-of-its-kind outlet! Perfect for adding modern connectivity anywhere, including areas of the home where ground fault protection is required (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.). This outlet makes it easy to see and reset electrical trips right where they happen, while also providing two USB connections for keeping phones or tablets charged, no bulky adapter required.

The Quick Facts:

  • Ultra-reliable ground fault protection: Self-tests at an industry-leading rate of every 3 seconds, ensuring its always ready to protect.
  • Easy, accessible troubleshooting: Includes indicator light and test/reset buttons for resolving trips right where they happen.
  • Convenient, in-demand charging: Features two USB connections (USB Type-A and Type-C available) to keep devices charged and ready.
  • Quick installation: Replaces an existing outlet in 10 minutes or less.
  • Discreet tamper-resistance: Protects children from inserting foreign options with patented low-profile black “invisi-shutter” system.

See current USB receptacles from Pass & Seymour by Legrand here.

~Woody