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Timeless Values, Enduring Innovation

The Graybar Story

For the past 140 years Graybar has been working to the advantage of its customers, manufacturers, community, shareholders and employees. And for the past 80 years Graybar has been one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America.

Graybar is not only one of the oldest and most established distributors in the industry, but it’s also one of the most successful companies in business history. And if history tells us anything, it’s that Graybar is more than just a distributor. In fact, Graybar is really more like one large family whose timeless values - integrity, employee ownership, long-term view and customer focus - will always be at the foundation of the company.

Graybar’s history is a collective story of individuals who have worked together to overcome the most challenging of obstacles to achieve greatness, starting with entrepreneur Enos Barton and inventor Elisha Gray who co-founded Gray & Barton in 1869. Today, Graybar is a FORTUNE 500 corporation and a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and networking products. We invite you to learn more about Graybar’s rich history by exploring the timeline of Graybar's significant events and reading Timeless Values, Enduring Innovation: The Graybar Story.