Since 1957, CED has been committed to the electrical distribution industry, just as All-Phase Electric was and still is. Now the parent company of All-Phase Electric supply, CED is privately held and operated company with more than 650 locations nationwide. This coast-to-coast network of sales and distribution warehouses is among the largest in the country. Consistently ranked in the nation’s top 5 wholesale distributors, CED has succeeded through our commitment to customer service. With a pledge of service, integrity and reliability, CED recognizes the fact that we exist because of our customers and will always strive to meet customer expectations. In addition, CED is committed to providing top-quality products. We have aligned ourselves with the industry’s top vendors and work hard to stay at the leading edge of technological advancement.
Our History: CED & All-Phase
All-Phase Electric Supply was founded in 1959 by Ronald F. Kinney. Mr. Kinney was a man of extraordinary energy and drive who built his first business from the ground up using every available resource; even an old A&P supermarket sign was used when he converted that building into his first electrical distribution location in downtown Benton Harbor in April 1959.
A few years later Mr. Kinney began to expand his company, and in June 1965 he bought out his local competitor, West Michigan Electric, which had stores in Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo. All-Phase quickly grew into the nation’s eighth largest Electrical Distributor, with 93 locations. At its height, All-Phase had locations in 19 states with more than 1,500 employees nationwide.
In June 1999 Ron Kinney decided to sell All-Phase to Consolidated Electrical Distributors "We chose to sell the company now because I wanted to be involved in the transaction," Kinney said in a news release. "We have selected CED because they understand the electrical distribution industry, have a successful track record in distribution, and value the unique culture and commitment to superior customer service that All-Phase has nurtured since opening our doors in 1959."
At the time, the purchase was one of the largest electrical distribution acquisitions in history. All of the All-Phase Electric locations still operate under the DBA of All-Phase Electric, but now can utilize the resources of the larger CED network.