Winkle Electric Celebrates 70 Years in Business

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Winkle Electric Co. Inc. is celebrating 70 years in business. The company, headquartered here, has operations in Erie, Meadville and Seneca, Pa.

Winkle is a provider of electrical parts and supplies and helps customers develop automation processes, develops environmentally friendly energy alternatives, creates custom control panels and leverages its integrated solutions division to analyze challenges and formulate solutions for customers.  

The company was born as an electrical apparatus service shop and manufacturer of induction heating equipment for the aluminum extrusion industry. In 2002, Winkle expanded with the addition of a distribution branch in Erie, Pa., and a sales office in Seneca, Pa. 2008 saw further expansion with the development of its fifth division, which specializes in “Eco-Solutions.” Electrical Wholesaling, an industry publication, lists Winkle among the top 200 distributors in the nation.

One key reason why Winkle Electric has lasted has been its ability to the recruit and retain “a talented core team,” says Rick Teaberry, a company director. “This team has been tested over the years on their talent and skill level given an array of changing environmental and industry circumstances. They have proved to be the utmost professional team who have stuck together and helped in creating the success of this organization.”

To position Winkle Electric for more growth and stability, the company restructured its executive team, which includes creating two positions: chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Brian Vennetti, a certified public accountant, is the CFO while Robert (Bob) Conger is COO.

“We believe that these internal changes will improve our customers’ experience as well as responsiveness to employee needs," said director Larry Teaberry Jr. "Rick and I will be transitioning titles to that of director, freeing us from daily operational issues and thus promoting greater speed and customer satisfaction. We will remain involved in the setting of company goals and direction as well as any major strategic initiatives needed.”

To reflect is 70 years in business, Winkle has committed to donating $70,000, splitting that sum between the YMCA’s Camp Fitch and the Mahoning Valley chapter of the Red Cross.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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