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AD Electrical-Canada member Independent Electric Supply commemorates 100 years in business

January 10, 2022 | By Haly Baran

Independent Electric Supply president Bob Branscombe (centre) celebrates the company’s the milestone anniversary alongside sons Steve, vice-president, Sales (left) and Dave, vice-president, Purchasing, Marketing & Information Technology (right). Photo : Independent Electric Supply Inc. / AD Electrical-Canada.

January 10, 2022 – For long-time AD Electrical-Canada member, Independent Electric Supply, 2021 marked a highly significant and impressive milestone: 100 years in business serving the electrical sector.

With a unique origin story as a primary supplier to the hardware community—providing appliances, lighting, and full line electrical supplies—Independent Electric Supply has proven that it stands the test of time, relentlessly experiencing steady growth within the industry it proudly serves.

Following a change of hands in 1988 with the arrival of Bob Branscombe as the new president and owner, the company’s leadership has managed to maintain a highly hands-on approach throughout the years, as evidenced by the organization’s ability to continually offer greater economies of scale to reduce the total transaction cost to its customers and manufacturing partners.

While the business’ celebratory gathering was not quite what team members projected (due to prevailing physical distancing requirements and limited event space capacities), Branscombe spoke on how the commemorative ceremony rendered a strong personal impact.


“Our celebration was not what we originally envisioned, but it was perfect in every way because it happened,” relayed Branscombe. “There were no banquet rooms, no special dinner and, unfortunately, no social evening where we could get together and celebrate with our partners… just a tarp in the warehouse, a stool, some balloons, a skid platform, a performance from a kid with a guitar, the gathering of our staff, and a picture of three very grateful individuals who, on behalf of the entire team at Independent Electric Supply, sincerely thank our wonderful partners.”

Independent Electric Supply’s headquarters in Toronto, Ont. Photo : Independent Electric Supply Inc. / AD Electrical-Canada.

As an additional means of celebration, the company generously showed its support for three deserving charitable organizations on behalf of its supplier partners and customers: Diabetes Canada, Alzheimer’s Ontario and Children’s Make-A-Wish Canada—with each cause representing a pillar value of Independent Electric Supply, respectively (Vision, Memories, and Dreams).

With organizational ties dating back to 1993, Independent Electric Supply has been a long-standing member within AD. As the distributor continues to represent in excess of 300 manufacturers (and growing), AD is proud to stand behind the organization as a reliable partner in leveraging size, scale and robust financial systems to invest in resources to aid members like Independent Electric Supply in achieving success today, and every day.

Here’s to another 100 years of winning together!

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