Shealy Electrical Wholesalers began with one man’s idea.
In 1945, John Shealy started the business on the foundation of honoring promises. He believed in challenging each person to reach a little higher than they believed they could reach, and to venture beyond their comfort zone.
Mr. Shealy was always focused on connecting with his customers, stating, “This business may spread itself over the entire earth; it may employ more than a hundred thousand people, but we will strive to be the first choice of our customers, always providing excellent customer service.”
Electrical wholesale distribution has changed a lot over the course of 71 years. And, amazingly, this business has spread itself over the entire earth. Shealy has grown to 17 branches throughout the Carolinas with over 350 employees, and has supported projects in over 30 countries on every continent.
Throughout our years, we have had the honor of serving the communities in which we work. We have partnered with international contractors, supplied government contracts overseas, and have become a reliable source of solutions and products for our diverse customer base. Our goal has been to always do better and be better for you … ever evolving to service your needs and help you grow your business.
Our shareholders, a few partners, and I sat down not too long ago to talk about the long-term strategy for Shealy. We asked ourselves, ‘What type of future do we envision for Shealy and its employees? What do our customers need?’ Quickly after those questions were asked, we were faced with the question of ‘How will we get there?’
After exploring many options, the group decided that an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) was the clear route for Shealy to take in order to take care of our employees, our customers, and continue the long-term legacy of our business.
When we were ready to start creating the ESOP, we began visiting electrical distributors that were already set up with that business model. Along that journey, we sought guidance from Border States Electric. Border States helped us navigate through the ESOP setup process, but eventually, a better way began to emerge. In lieu of starting an ESOP on our own, we began to consider joining their already 100% employee-owned company.
Becoming a division of Border States was an easy decision to make.
Border States Electric is one of the largest employee-owned electrical distributors in the U.S. with locations in 16 states. They serve the construction, industrial, and
utility markets. Like Shealy Electrical, Border States is an independent distributor, a member of Affiliated Distributors, and a member of the North American Association of Utility Distributors.
Even more, our two companies share the same core values based on doing what’s right for our customers, employees, vendors and our communities. We both possess a strong desire to grow, encourage innovation, and believe in the power of employee-ownership.
It has been said that “one reason people resist change is because they worry about what they might have to give up, instead of what they have to gain.”
There will be a few changes that you will see happen in the coming months. I am joining the Border States leadership team as the Executive Vice President and will be working with all of the employee-owners to make our company the best it can be. With this move, my wife and I will relocate to Fargo, ND and I will report to the CEO, Tammy Miller.
Don Masters, once the Senior VP of the Installer Market, will become the Vice President of Border States’ Southeast Region, which is made up of our former Shealy locations.
While things are changing, you have so much to gain from Shealy becoming a division of Border States. Our commitment to you will grow even stronger, and as your business grows, we will be right there … offering you more solutions, products, geographical coverage, and support than ever.
I’d say we are making John Shealy pretty proud right now … reaching a little higher than even he may have believed we could reach. And while Shealy Electrical may have been the idea of one man, it’s never been about just one man. It’s always been about family, friendship, community, and service. The connections and partnerships that we have formed with you over the decades will only continue to grow from this point forward. Our goal is to always do better and be better for you.
We are Shealy Electrical Wholesalers – A Division of Border States Electric. Employee owned and customer driven.