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Crescent Electric Supply Sees A Good "Fit" With ELECTRI
As of March 26, 2017
April 14, 2014
Headquartered in East Dubuque, IL, Crescent Electric Supply is a long-standing member of the ELECTRI Council. Following the recent Council meeting, ELECTRI International sat down with Dennis DeSousa, Crescent’s Senior Vice President for Business Development, to find out more about the company and why it has decided to reinvigorate its relationship with ELECTRI.
ELECTRI: How does ELECTRI International fit into Crescent’s plan for its own future?
DeSousa: Contractors are our core customer group and have been for the 95 years we’ve been in business. As a long-term supporter of ELECTRI and NECA, we are committed to learning about the issues important to contractors and to assisting in any manner possible to help them thrive and prosper.
ELECTRI: Are you satisfied that ELECTRI International’s research agenda is valuable to Crescent?
DeSousa: Definitely. I’m impressed with the way that ELECTRI research recognizes and addresses challenges that are facing the whole electrical construction industry. Many of the topics involve other parts of the channel, including distributors and manufacturers. ELECTRI tries to find ways to develop integrated solutions that will keep the industry healthy as the market constantly evolves.
ELECTRI: Can you give us an example?
DeSousa: Our company concentrates on services that impact labor, energy, and efficiency. When ELECTRI takes on a topic like prefabrication – one that’s becoming more prevalent and sophisticated - it relates directly to Crescent Electric. With the research on prefab developed by ELECTRI, we have been able to create leading-edge materials management processes that assist contractors with reducing installation costs and improving productivity. That’s just one example of many in which our involvement with ELECTRI helps us develop unique services to support contractors.
ELECTRI: How does Crescent attract talent to its own workforce?
DeSousa: We are a privately-held, family-owned company with more than 1,700 employees and we are expanding constantly through acquisitions and new branch openings. We have to find young people to enter our industry and prepare them to move into significant roles as a fairly large group of experienced professionals retire in the next 5-15 years. This is an industry-wide challenge, not just for Crescent.
We actively recruit through multiple avenues and, most importantly, we have a comprehensive employee development program that emphasizes training, education, career planning and advancement opportunities.
ELECTRI: What would you like our audience to know about Crescent Electric Supply?
DeSousa: Right now, we serve over two-thirds of the US through 141 branches in 27 states. We have an aggressive expansion plan to ensure we can serve our contractor customers wherever they travel for projects. Crescent is committed to being a leader in technology, to developing creative solutions and services for the contractor community, and to supporting the education and training programs that make our industry stronger. Our mission fits very well with ELECTRI’s and we are proud to be on the ELECTRI Council.
For additional information about Crescent and its services, visit the website at http://www.cesco.com.