Graybar awarded new General Services Administration contract

Company will provide more than 28,000 products through MRO Schedule 51V

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16, 2007 — Graybar, a leading distributor of communications and electrical products and related supply chain management and logistics services, has been awarded a new, five-year General Services Administration (GSA) contract.

The MRO Schedule 51V Hardware Superstore Contract GS-21F-0003U opens the door for government buyers to purchase from Graybar more than 28,000 products from 49 suppliers for their electrical, lighting, power management, safety, plumbing and other MRO needs.

"Government customers face the challenge of improving operational efficiencies and procuring more material – all within compressed time frames and with limited resources," commented Graybar Senior Vice President – Sales and Distribution Dennis DeSousa. "This contract win is the result of Graybar's strategic investment in serving government customers that includes specialized sales and service support, an expanded product offering and advanced e-business tools."

In combination with Graybar's communications and data products contract, GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract GS-35F-0374M, this new agreement gives government organizations access to a wide breadth and depth of products from Graybar's 230 U.S. stocking locations.

The U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies such as FEMA, NASA, and the FBI, and authorized government contractors are among the organizations that may purchase through the GSA contracts.