|Thanks David,I also have some tidbits about Greybar:
Congressional edition United States. Congress - 1939
Effective December 31, 1920, the supply department of Western was divided into two operating divisions, one to handle telephone apparatus and supplies, the other to handle general electrical supplies. By 1925, the general electrical-supply business of Western had expanded so rapidly that it had become one of the largest merchandisers of electrical supplies in the world. In order to give this business separate corporate identity, a new corporation, the Graybar Electric Co. Was formed on December 11, 1925. It was 100 percent owned by Western.
Investigation of the telephone industry in the United States 1939 - 661 pages
On December 31, 1928, the Graybar Electric Co. was sold to the Graybar Management Corporation, the common stock of which is owned by Graybar Electric Co. employees, subject to certain rights retained by Electrical Research Products
In the 1890s Western Electric began manufacturing a limited range of electrical equipment, including transformers, fans and motors. But Barton sought more. He wanted Western Electric to develop a totally new business, which he referred to as a “department store of electrical apparatus.” Under his concept Western Electric would distribute not only its own electrical products but also those of other leading manufacturers.
Western Electric formed a “supply department” to manage this new business. The department was the direct predecessor of Graybar.
The Birth of Western Electric Home Appliances The department also developed an entirely new business: the sale of Western Electric brand household appliances and farm equipment. This new business was made possible by the introduction of uniform national electrical standards.
Early power plants were small and furnished electricity to their immediate, surrounding areas. Some generated direct current, others alternating current, and voltages varied from plant to plant.
In 1910 the United States brought order to this electrical chaos by establishing a national standard of alternating current at 60 cycles and 120 volts for residential service. The country also adopted the general-purpose sockets and plugs used today. "Those standards have not deviated one volt since then," Greybar Senior Vice President and CFO Beatty D'Alessandro says. "You can buy a fan that was built in 1920 and pour it into the wall, and it will still work."
Although the products were branded Western Electric, they were made for the company by others. The Western Electric sewing machine was originally manufactured by American Electrical Heater Company and later by White Sewing Machine Company, while the junior range was produced by Walker & Pratt