Graybar awarded new U.S. Communities Program electrical contract

Company anticipates program net sales of more than $100 million in 2008

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 7, 2007 - Graybar, a leading distributor of communications and electrical products and related supply chain management and logistics services, has been awarded a new, three-year U.S. Communities Program contract effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Graybar will be the exclusive distributor of electrical products in the program, which provides cooperative purchasing agreements for U.S. Communities-registered agencies nationally. The program provides competitively solicited pricing and streamlines purchasing by eliminating the traditional three-bid buying process. State, county and local governments, dependent and independent special districts, public and private K-12 schools and universities, and non-profit institutions are eligible for the program. Graybar's three-year electrical contract #229796 includes two, one-year renewal options.

"Graybar understands the challenges our government customers face, and we are committed to helping them improve their operational efficiencies,” said Graybar Senior Vice President – Sales and Distribution Dennis DeSousa. “Graybar provides breadth and depth of product, specialized sales and service, and advanced e-business capabilities to ensure their success. This new contract award is a testament to the quality service our company has been providing to the program since 1998, and we are proud to be named U.S. Communities' exclusive electrical products distributor.”

DeSousa said the company forecasts net sales of more than $100 million through the program in 2008. In addition to electrical products, Graybar provides communications and data products through U.S. Communities telecommunications contract #42374. All products are available from Graybar's network of 230 U.S. stocking locations.