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Greenlee Moves to ELECTRI "Envoy" Status
As of April 30, 2017
November 19, 2014
Greenlee – A Textron Company has made its third financial investment in ELECTRI International and is now recognized as an Envoy ($300,000) member of the ELECTRI Council.
Greenlee president Scott Hall spoke with ELECTRI about the company’s decision and its vision for its relationship with the foundation.
ELECTRI: We are truly honored that Greenlee continues to increase its investment in our Foundation.
Scott Hall: ELECTRI International is a catalyst. It does an excellent job with the grants it makes for research and its education programs. I can honestly say that our involvement with ELECTRI has helped us shape our product development and selling techniques.
ELECTRI: Can you give our readers an example?
Hall: Sure. Over 20 years ago, Greenlee made a commitment to the high technology that’s necessary to keep pace with the changing needs of our customers. We have a very good business sense, but even we sometimes come across things that we had not thought of before. For instance, we have all had exposure to the lean workplace, but until we learned more about BIM technology by working with ELECTRI, we had not thought about ways to work lean at the job site.
ELECTRI: Our contractors and NECA Chapters are always interested in finding out what our industry allies bring to the ELECTRI table.
Hall: We’ve been working with the electrical industry for more than 70 years, and we believe in giving back to the industries and communities that make our success possible. In my opinion, Greenlee has the most advanced thinking around, and we share that knowledge where we can. We have facilities in 17 countries on the electrical side of our business, and we bring that global perspective to the ELECTRI Council table.
ELECTRI: What do you think has helped make ELECTRI International so successful?
Hall: ELECTRI’s leadership has been outstanding in keeping the foundation on course. Let me make a comparison. Greenlee customers worldwide understand our commitment to quality products, service, and support. The way that ELECTRI delivers its research and education agenda shows me those same characteristics: innovation, project excellence, and service to the electrical construction industry.
The Greenlee story began with twin brothers Ralph and Robert Greenlee in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and then shifted to Illinois in 1862. Within one year of their arrival in Chicago, they were well-established entrepreneurs. As their barrel machine business grew, they expanded further by becoming general suppliers of other manufacturers' production machinery. However, the brothers' primary interest was always in developing new products, and Greenlee Brothers & Co. was officially formed in 1866 with partner William Brooks. For more information about Greenlee visit www.greenlee.com.