Lee DeRose

YESCO Electrical Supply, Inc.

Lee DeRose started YESCO Electrical Supply, 1142 Meridian Road in Youngstown, in 1986.

He began his career as a radiator repair mechanic. Hard-working and inventive, he stayed after hours to fix issues that were not easily solved by other technicians. His resourceful and positive attitude made solutions to problems come naturally to him, allowing him to build custom tools and mechanisms to avoid failure.

After working in a garage, he graduated to industrial refrigeration repairs, which required more technical expertise. Still in his early 20s, having gained a wide  knowledge of energy management and electricity, he found himself working through apprenticeships to then become an electrician working at the General Motors plant in Lordstown.

It was from this vantage point that DeRose saw a rare opportunity to take advantage of the world of distribution. The electricians needed not only products but quality service to match. 

With a deep understanding of supply-and-demand cycles, his knowledge of the electrical industry market and with a “whatever-it-takes” attitude, YESCO was established.

Company Profile: YESCO Electrical Supply, Inc.

YESCO Electrical Supply Inc. is a multibranch/multistate company that’s locally owned and operated by Lee DeRose. 

The company, based in Youngstown, also operates facilities in Columbiana, New Castle and New Brighton, Pa., and will soon open a fifth office in the Pittsburgh area. 

DeRose opened the business in 1986. His goal was to serve the growing number of electrical jobs throughout the area by representing manufacturers of electrical supplies. 

Today YESCO employs 60 employees and maintains over 75,000 square feet of warehouse and office space from which it serves more than 6,000 customers. The company also operates a professional quotation department that manages multimillion dollar projects across the United States.

With a knowledgeable sales staff, quality engineered products and a vision of the bigger picture, YESCO offers a comprehensive set of serv-ices designed to save the contractor and customer time and money by using the company’s technology, training and logistics. This ensures YESCO customers receive dependable quality service each and every transaction.

YESCO stocks and resells more than 165,000 products from over 400 manufacturers of electrical components, devices and accessories. Business sectors served include government, industrial, institutional, commercial, residential and contractors, as well as security and computer industries.