Graybar Opens in Gulfport, Mississippi

$5.25-billion distribution leader expands its presence in the Southeast with 64th location

ST. LOUIS, June 20, 2008 - Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services, has announced it has opened a 12,000-sq.-ft. distribution facility in Gulfport, Miss. An open house and trade show featuring more than 20 suppliers of electrical and communication solutions marks the official opening today.

Located at 10352 Express Drive in the Seaway Industrial Park just south of Interstate 10, the $1.5 million branch inventory is backed by a $19 million inventory in the Austell, Ga., regional distribution center. With the addition of the Gulfport facility, the company now has 64 locations throughout the Southeast.

Graybar Gulfport offers counter/will-call service and local truck deliveries Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with after-normal-business-hours emergency service as needed. The phone number is (228) 604-2579.

Leading Graybar Gulfport is Branch Supervisor Chris Nichols, a 14-year Graybar veteran who transferred from the Graybar Pensacola, Fla., branch. He and his staff of six include sales, customer service, warehouse and delivery personnel.

"With the opening of our new location, Graybar can better serve the city of Gulfport and the surrounding coastal region," said Graybar Branch Supervisor Chris Nichols. "We are ready to help our customers power and network their facilities, offices and housing with speed, intelligence and efficiency."