Growth Report 2017: Yesco Electric Expands in Pittsburgh Market

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Yesco Electrical Supply, an electrical supply and solutions company founded in 1986, is expanding its footprint in western Pennsylvania in the wake of Royal Dutch Shell’s construction of a $6 billion ethane cracker in Monaca, Pa.

“Yesco recently acquired property in the Pittsburgh metro area to begin another branch in 2017,” reports Lee DeRose, president.  “This brings the number of our locations to five.”

The decision to move forward with the new branch resulted from multiple factors, DeRose says. Over the past two years, business has increased approximately 25%. This growth, combined with the company’s customer base at its New Brighton location, provided the incentive to focus more resources on customers in this region.

“We’re prepared for the residential and light commercial expansion projects that the Monaca cracker plant is bringing to Beaver County,” DeRose says.

Yesco stocks and resells more than 165,000 products from 400 manufacturers. The company employs 60, maintains over 75,000 square feet of space and serves more than 6,000 customers throughout a 12-county region.

Last year, the company marked two important milestones: its 30th year in business and its relocation to a new 30,000 square-foot building along Meridian Road in Austintown. “This upgrade allowed our business to flow better and serve customers in shorter time frames,” DeRose says.

Yesco’s No. 1 priority is customer service, he emphasizes, and that meant moving 18,000 products in two days.

“We didn’t miss a beat for our customer base in the Youngstown area because of the collective teamwork of our entire staff,” DeRose says.
At the same time, Yesco managed large projects such as supplying lighting and switch gear to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Iowa Ammonia Fertilizer plant.

The company also provides energy solutions and products designed to save labor and keep contractors safe. Its security systems, he says, can fit any need from small residential to larger commercial projects.

“We see the need for massive energy saving products,” he says. “Our security panels cut costs by cutting off certain zones or circuits when the system is armed.” These systems can be controlled remotely from a computer or smart device, and the amount of savings realized over time essentially pays for the security panels, he says.

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