Whether you’re working on a large-scale project in the industrial sector or wiring a home office in your basement, electrical stores are still the best place to get the specific, hard-to-find electrical supplies you need quickly and at the best prices.
Need help finding a reliable electrical store? Stay tuned; we highlight many of them below.
To help you find the best electrical stores, we’ve put together some information for you. We’ll take you through the electrical store and electrical distributor industry and show you which products you can expect to find, who the major players are, and where to find stores near you.
Searching for a reliable, well-stocked electrical supply store can be tough for professional and novice electricians alike. MCR Safety offers this insight into some of the top electrical stores in the U.S. in the hopes that we can make your search a little easier. However, our top job and first priority is to keep our customers safe by offering the best PPE out there.
For electricians of all types, we offer an extensive lineup of electrical PPE that can keep you safe from arc blasts and other electricity-related hazards. Many of the stores we highlight here carry MCR Safety PPE and we encourage you to check out our products in-person at these retailers.
Electric arc blasts like this one are why electrical workers must wear FR clothing!
We will highlight more of the industry-specific electrical PPE we manufacture below, too! One of the latest electrical products to hit the market is our triple-vented lineup of FR clothing. We will dive into those products below. Let's start by identifying electrical stores near you!
Top 25 Electrical Distributors (2018)
Can you simply type into Google the phrase – electric store near me? Yes, and you will see all the local electric supply stores in your area. However, we believe in the power of data to help solve your electric supply needs! Our next three sections showcase the top U.S. ranked electrical distributors, which will help identify electrical companies you may not have considered. We also highlight specific store locations for those ranked the highest.
Below are 2018’s 25 most financially successful electrical product distributors in North America, according to Modern Distribution Management. The distributors are ranked based on total revenue from January 2018 to January 2019, and no other factors were considered in their ranking.
1. Sonepar North America
2. WESCO International
4. Anixter International, Inc.
5. Rexel Holdings USA/Rexel Canada
6. Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED)
7. Border States Electric
8. Crescent Electric Supply Company
9. City Electric Supply
10. W.W. Grainger (electrical/lighting)
11. Mayer Electric Supply
12. Elliot Electric Supply
13. EIS, Inc.
14. McNaughton-McKay Electric Company
15. The Reynolds Company
16. State Electric Supply Company
17. North Coast Electric
18. Turtle & Hughes
19. Kendall Electric
20. Summit Electric Supply
21. Wholesale Electric Supply Company of Houston
22. Kirby Risk
23. Dealers Electric Supply Company
24. Van Meter, Inc.
25. Werner Electric Supply Company
Top 200 Electrical Distributors (2017)
Are you not finding your favorite electrical store in the Top 25 list? No worries, we’ve also provided a link to the top 200 electrical stores found across the U.S. as of 2017.
Also, keep in mind that many large retail store chains sell a lot of electrical products. Here are some of the top contenders that don’t show up on either previous list, but are still a solid choice for electrical gear:
Electrical Store Locations
Here is a little more in-depth information for some of the top electrical stores that rank in both the Top 25 and Top 200 electrical store lists. Click on any of the store links below to find their locations near you.
Sonepar Electrical Stores
Sonepar USA is an independent, family-owned company with global market leadership in the B2B distribution of electrical, industrial, and safety products. In the U.S., the company is represented by 14 locally managed electrical and industrial distributors, and it has over 700 locations with coverage in all 50 states.
Wesco International Electrical Stores
WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC) is a publicly-traded Fortune 500 holding company from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services.
Graybar Electrical Stores
Graybar is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in supply chain management services and is a leading North American distributor of high-quality components, equipment, and materials. The company serves the construction market; the commercial, institutional, and government (CIG) market; and the industrial and utility markets.
Rexel Electrical Stores
Rexel is an international frontrunner in the distribution of electrical supplies and services and serves three main end markets in the industrial, commercial, and residential branches. The group operates in 38 countries with a network of some 2,200 branches and a distribution network of more than 40 banners. It employs over 30,000 people.
Border States Electrical Stores
Border States Electrical Stores is one of the largest 100% employee-owned companies in America. BSE employs 2,600 people, each with a stake in the company, to provide products, materials, management solutions, and delivery and logistics expertise to tens of thousands of customers across diverse industries.
Platt Electrical Stores
Platt serves customers throughout the west from a network of over 136 full-service stocking locations and distribution centers in Salt Lake City, Utah; Beaverton, Oregon; and Patterson, California. Platt is a value-added service company that supplies a broad range of high-quality products and services to the utility, industrial, electrical, construction, solar, datacom, security, and commercial markets.
Altec Electrical Stores
Altec is a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights, signs, and contractor markets. The company delivers products and services in more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Cesco Electrical Stores
Crescent Electric Supply Company is one of the largest independent distributors of electrical hardware and supplies in the U.S. The company has 140 distribution facilities in 27 states. They serve contractors, original equipment manufacturers, and meet the maintenance, repair, and operations needs of commercial, industrial, institutional, and utility customers nationwide.
MCR Safety Product found at Electrical Stores
At MCR Safety, we recognize the importance of getting information to the wearers of our PPE. This is why we’ve created a number of online resources for electrical workers:
• Electrician Page – Here we highlight hazards, PPE, and much more.
• Electric ARC Info – We break down everything you need to know about NFPA 70 and electric arc performance.
• 70E Breathable FR Clothing – Electrical workers and utility linemen have access to the market’s only triple-vented FR clothing.
Remember, many of the electrical distributors we’ve identified above have access to MCR Safety products. Even if they don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, they have the ability to place orders with us and have the product drop-shipped directly to you.
Our MU3624FR gloves are made with Nomex®, an inherent FR material known for being extremely comfortable and an excellent option for electrical workers.
Please leave us a comment if you’re having difficulty finding a particular MCR Safety product.
Who Needs Electrical Stores?
There’s an eclectic array of customers who frequent electrical stores, including contractors in search of supplies, engineers in need of commercial and industrial-grade equipment for large projects with specific applications, and DIY hobbyists in the middle of a project at home or in the workshop.
While the internet has made it easy to find a specific part from a niche dealer, long shipping wait times can delay a project by days or weeks, making it impractical to order online. Ultimately, local electrical stores are still the most logistically sound method for professionals and hobbyists of all kinds to get the parts they need when they need them.
To stay safe when working with electricity, PPE is also needed. Hi-Vis FR safety vests, FR gloves, and dielectric safety glasses can protect workers from the dangers of electrical hazards on any job site.
Small Electrical Components
Electrical workers prefer thin gloves as they provide excellent dexterity for handling small electrical components, screws, and wires. It helps when those gloves provide cut-resistance, too!
Products at Electrical Stores
The electrical store and distribution industry is a $175 billion industry in the United States alone, and it averages about a 1.6 percent annual growth. These are the largest product categories sold in electrical stores:
- Lighting, light fixtures, and light bulbs. (Cut-resistant gloves are must have when handling any type of metal fixture.
- Wiring, wiring tools, and other wiring supplies.
- Relays and industrial controls.
- Switchgear and switchboard apparatuses.
- Power conversion equipment.
- Motors and generators.
MCR Safety FR Clothing – Triple-Vented
To give linemen and electricians the breathability they need, MCR uses patented Summit Breeze® technology in our FR clothing. What’s special about this FR technology? Its mesh venting is incorporated onto the back and under the arms, allowing body heat to escape where it builds up the most.
Summit Breeze® technology provides better heat stress management for those working in a hot environment, those who are performing labor-intensive tasks, or a combination of the two. When working in an environment prone to heat stress, vented openings can be a lifesaver. MCR Safety is the only manufacturer providing FR clothing with three total FR mesh vent openings, allowing for exceptional airflow.
Summit Breeze® Technology
Sometimes it’s tempting to choose the cheapest clothing option and save a buck, but you risk putting yourself in danger when you do not select workwear that is both flame-resistant and designed to keep you cool and comfortable. The least-expensive garment that meets the minimum requirements of the standard may not be the best value in the long run.
5.5 oz. FR Workshirt powered by Summit Breeze®
Triple-Vented, Lightweight, and Durable with Ripstop Inherent Blend
Summit Breeze FR Work shirts
In addition to offering triple vents, MCR Safety utilizes comfortable moisture-wicking work fabrics that are lightweight without being clingy. At just 5.5 oz., our ripstop inherent blend material is one of the lightest-weight Category 2 fabrics available on the FR clothing market. Combined with Summit Breeze® triple-vent technology, our workshirts are breathable, moisture-wicking, and extremely durable.
You’ll find triple vents on all MCR Safety FR clothing powered by Summit Breeze® technology. MCR Safety is the only FR clothing manufacturer offering patented triple vents.
Breathable FR fabrics protect you from the heat of an arc flash or fire while allowing your body’s heat to escape. Moisture-wicking fabrics catch and dissipate your sweat so it isn’t dripping down your body. Check out our selection of FR clothing and choose from our variety of double-stitched ripstop shirts and triple-stitched ripstop coveralls for PPE that can stand up to any work hazard, whether that’s actual flames or working around the abrasive objects found on any industrial worksite.
Our Summit Breeze collection includes more than FR shirts. We offer FR coveralls and in a variety of materials and weights. Our next section will show you how to access all Summit Breeze FR clothing protection!
MCR Safety’s FR Clothing Resources
MCR Safety believes in offering high-quality products that provide superior protection. In addition to that, we are passionate about making sure you’re informed when making crucial PPE decisions. That is why we offer electrical workers links to numerous resources to stay up-to-date on all relevant PPE, standards, hazards, and much more.
Here are the resources we’ve assembled to help you find the most appropriate FR clothing:
Summit Breeze® PDF on the left side; FR Online Catalog on the right side.
Where are you going to purchase Summit Breeze?
We hope our information about electrical suppliers has been helpful. Perhaps you’ve even identified who you want to purchase your electrical supplies from based on the lists above. With access to the top 200 electrical distributors, we’re confident you’ll find someone who can best service your needs. For those who want an immediate trial of our new lineup of FR clothing with Summit Breeze® technology, we will pay the shipping to get your initial order sent. To learn more about this offer, click here.
For over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it’s on the shop floor, an oil rig or a construction site, we are there providing solutions to workplace hazards. It’s all part of our commitment to protect people.
No matter your industry, we have the personal protective equipment you need.
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For more information, browse our website, request a catalog, find a distributor or give us a call at 800-955-6887.
Top U.S. Electrical Stores