2021 NEWS

Cooper Electric Donates Solar to Flemington Food Pantry

For Immediate Release- January 8, 2021- Cooper Electric recently donated solar equipment to the Flemington Food Pantry in New Jersey. The food pantry, which serves around 2,800 clients, says the solar panels will save the pantry an average of $12,000 a year, which is the cost equivalent of 6,360 meals.


During 2020, the pantry saw an influx of families needing help due to COVID-19, making the solar project that much more valuable. The project will afford the pantry the opportunity to easily feed the families in need within their community.


Inside Sales Manager, Christine Alves, went on to discuss the project, saying “We are thankful to be part of an initiative that is not only helping the food pantry with cost savings but turning those savings into meals for families in need. During this trying time supporting our community is more important than ever before.  Cooper Electric has always been a community based organization and we are proud to support the same communities that support us.”


For more information on the services, products and solutions the Cooper Electric solar department offers, please email solar@cooper-electric.com

Cooper Electric Bloomsburg Location Moves

For Immediate Release- January 20, 2021- Cooper Electric is excited to announce their new location in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The 9,000-square foot facility, located at 1361 Columbia Blvd, took the place of the former Bloomsburg location. Cooper’s new location contains over 2,200sqft of counter area, making it double the size of their last counter area!


Cooper Electric’s new location in Bloomsburg, which is an authorized Square D distributor, offers a larger selection of items at the counter for grab and go, better access to parking, and a digital kiosk to place orders online while waiting, as well as browse the online Lighting Design Center. All of this, plus a sales staff with a combined experience of over 80 years, makes the Bloomsburg location a true one stop shop.

Cooper Electric is a powerhouse supplier supported by the world’s largest electrical distributor, yet they have not lost their individualized touch when it comes to customer relationships. Branch Manager, Kam Unger, is eager to continue serving the Bloomsburg area in the new branch location.   

2020 NEWS

Cooper Electric Wins Generac Gen Champion Award

For Immediate Release- September 22, 2020- Cooper Electric was presented the 2019 Generac Gen Champion award earlier this year at the Generac Summit for the overall Generac performance in 2019.

The award is given to the distributor with the best overall Generac performance which includes sales but also customer and employee training on Generac industrial and residential units. This is the first time Cooper Electric has won this award; it is the highest that Generac awards in the wholesale division.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Cooper Electric employees and customers over the last several years. Without us working together and standing above our competition, this would not have been possible. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support.” Nichole Bardo, Generator Specialist for Northeast and Central PA and Upstate NY territory for Cooper Electric.”

For more information on how your business can purchase both industrial and residential generators, contact Nichole Bardo at Nichole.Bardo@cooper-electric.com.

Nichole Bardo

Cooper Electric Wins “Distributor of the Year” Award

For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 2, 2020 - Cooper Electric received the 2020 PPL Business Energy Efficiency Program Distributor of the Year award for the second year in a row.

The PPL Business Energy Efficiency Program allows any sized business to purchase energy efficient lighting with instant discounts through their local distributor, saving them money both in the short term and the long term. PPL offers discounts on specific, pre-qualified products for small maintenance lighting projects, and retrofit applications.

“I attribute the success of the program to the continued support of the company and everyone working as a team to provide customers with the best service possible,” said Amanda Fee, Manager of Energy and Design Build at Cooper Electric. “The salespeople have all embraced the changes in the program throughout the years, which has allowed me to continue to grow the program and make it as successful as it is today. Without the company’s continued support, we wouldn’t be doing as well with the initiative as we have been.”

For more information on how your business can purchase energy efficient lighting through the Business Energy Efficiency Program, contact Amanda Fee at Amanda.Fee@cooper-electric.com.

Amanda Fee

Innovation | Cooper Healthcare Vertical | 5.2020

Essential Supplies for Essential Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way across the US, personal protective equipment (PPE) was in high demand and quickly became hard to find. Cooper Electric quickly went into action and did everything in their power in order to keep their associates safe including warehouse workers, drivers and counter salespeople. Once their associates at the front line were safe, they put a plan together to provide customers the PPE necessary to meet different state regulations across NJ, NY and PA so they could re-open their job sites.

“Using a pre-order form on our website is a simple way to quickly offer product to our customers – especially during an emergency where we cannot wait for the standard process of getting product online,” said Taylor Hetherington, Creative Communications Manager.

Cooper Electric’s customers have been able to quickly find and secure the product they need to continue supporting other essential businesses. They created a smooth process for setting up new vendors, products, pricing and payment terms in a very timely manner. While competitors have had higher prices and longer lead times, Cooper Electric has been able to deliver the product faster and at a value.

“Our customers have had a difficult time finding these products and are very pleased we were able to provide,” said Jack Dimmick, Tools, Hardware and Safety Division Manager for Cooper. “We also picked up new customers and activated accounts that were inactive.”

“During a crisis, it’s important to find ways to serve our customers in their time of need – whether it is a product or a new service,” said Heather Matejczyk, Digital Marketing Director, NJ & NYC.

In the middle of a crisis, Cooper found a way to build a reliable supply chain for PPE, sanitizer and disinfectant products that they never had before, providing an invaluable service to their associates and customers. With teamwork and innovation, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together!

May 15th, 2020 COVID-19 Announcement

As non-essential construction resumes in some areas, I want to take this opportunity to make you aware of some of the precautions that we have implemented to keep both our associates and customers safe and healthy as we continue to serve your needs.

  • Plexi-glass shields have been installed at the counters in all branch locations.
  • The number of customers allowed into our facilities will be limited based on branch size as well as social distancing requirements.
  • All associates and customers will be required to wear the appropriate PPE while inside of our buildings.
  • Associates will participate in a daily temperature monitoring process prior to beginning their workday.
  • We have implemented a weekly electrostatic cleaning, which is in addition to our regular cleanings and more frequent wipe downs.
  • Hand sanitizers are available at all locations.
  • Although we will begin to welcome you into some of our branches, our curb-side pickup remains available as an option. Please follow the curbside instructions for the branch you are visiting.
  • As construction becomes essential and you prepare to resume your business, please remember that we are here to supply you with necessary PPE.

For the wellbeing of our associates and customers, we will continue to enforce the safest and strictest procedures while remaining in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the states in which we operate.

We hope that you, your family, and your businesses are doing well.

David Cooper

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President, Cooper Electric

March 30, 2020 COVID-19 Announcement

Dear Valued Customer,

As you know, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a global health emergency and pandemic by the World Health Organization. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult and unprecedented time.

As a supplier of essential goods and services, we want you to know that our goal is to remain open throughout this pandemic in order to safely and securely support the supply of such goods and services across the economy.

As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our associates, customers, vendors, and communities at-large remain our daily focus. We are continuously updating our best practices and adopting new guidance from appropriate governmental and health agencies and officials, including, for example, cancellations of events, instituting remote work policies and travel restrictions, updating business continuity and preparedness plans, and employing heightened cleaning, health, safety, and hygiene practices at our locations and for our associates.

As we are all aware, COVID-19 has impacted and is expected to continue to impact all levels of the supply chain for the foreseeable future. The resulting product shortages, manufacturing delays, increased lead times and costs, shelter-in-place orders, border closures, and reallocations of supply by national, local, and foreign governments, among others, are all unforeseeable events outside of our control. Moreover, the ultimate duration and scope of these and other still unknown effects remain unclear. Accordingly, we must treat this pandemic as a force majeure event, which means that, for example, prior approaches, terms, conditions, commitments, and/or schedules, among others, may in certain circumstances require adjustment as we work together to navigate and mitigate the effects of this pandemic.

Although the times are tough, our company remains strong, financially stable, and operationally sound, and as we emerge from this crisis, we will have resources available to support your operations. Please keep us informed of your needs and concerns so that we can work together to navigate the impacts of this pandemic over the weeks and months ahead.

We sincerely appreciate your business, patience, and continued support.

Stay safe and healthy and know that we, as always, remain steadfastly committed to serving you.

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David Cooper
President, Cooper Electric

COVID-19 Announcement

To all our Customers, Associates and Business Partners:

Cooper Electric’s number one priority is to ensure the continuing health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and business colleagues, as well as the stability of our business services.

We understand the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and are monitoring the outbreak and the recommendations for appropriate measures and actions. Our company is fully operational, and we are conducting business as close to normal as possible. We want to keep everyone healthy and are utilizing proactive measures with additional precautions and frequently deep cleaning our branches, offices and warehouse spaces to help fight against the spread of the virus.

We have taken actions such as recommending our associates, vendors and customers to conduct business and project meetings via digital technology such as remote conference, video conference and telephone while remaining responsive to you and to each other in the capacity you have come to expect from us. Our business services such as our digital tools will help us continue to connect with our customers to allow almost no interruption to their business.

Our parent company, Sonepar has also been monitoring the situation very closely, and for many overseas countries have taken measures and implemented best practices for their associates and customers, while maintaining an expected level of service to customers.

We remain in contact with our manufacturing partners as they monitor and assess the situation and, when possible, reconfigure their manufacturing and supply chains to minimize potential disruption in the supply of finished goods. We are asking the important questions, potential risk of longer lead times, logistical/transportation impacts and overall supply chain disruption, and will provide additional updates as new information becomes available.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and the health professionals working to care for them; We hope everyone in our business community stays healthy and safe and use proper precautions.

As the nature of our business is to support the electrical trade as well as essential facilities such as hospitals, medical facilities, and so on, we want to assure you our emergency after-hour services* are available to assist your business. If there is a true emergency impacting your projects you can contact us as follows:

  • NJ, NYC/LI, Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley PA markets: (732) 571-8672
  • Generators emergency: (732) 571-8672
  • Legacy Friedman/Northeast PA markets: (866) 816-3732
  • Upstate NY/Syracuse/Niagara Falls markets: Contact your local branch phone numbers

Communication within our company and business partners is especially critical at this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


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David Cooper
President, Cooper Electric

*emergency service fee will be applied to customer statement

Friedman Electric rebrand to Cooper Electric

Friedman Electric has been a market leader in the electrical distribution business for over 84 years. For the past 13 years Friedman has operated as a business unit of Sonepar, the largest electrical distribution company in the world; and the last 8 years it has been part of the Cooper-Friedman organization under Sonepar.

Effective January 1, 2020 Friedman Electric will be going to market under the combined brand of Cooper Electric, a Sonepar Company. Our customers will continue to be serviced in the same manner as in the past with the same knowledgeable employees, branches, distribution model and management team. The combined brand will make our company stronger in the market, and combined resources will ensure that we continue to provide quality customer service in all aspects; this means no matter where you work, we have the services, solutions and locations to serve you throughout the tristate area in PA, NY and NJ.

We will strive to make this change as seamless as possible for our customers. Additional information will be provided as we move through this process.

We continue to look forward to providing valued services to our customers under the Cooper Electric brand. Joining together under one brand will mean greater things and a brighter future for all connected.

Thank you for your prior and future trust in us. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Best Regards,

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David Cooper
President, Cooper Electric

2017 NEWS

Cooper Electric Customer Competes in 2017 Ideal National Championship

Monroe, NJ – December 6,2017 Cooper Electric's customer, Jeff Holota- owner of LIT Technologies, competed in this year's Ideal National Championship Competition held at Disney's Coronado Resort. Ideal Industries manufactures hand tools, safety products and wire termination, connection and management products. Jeff was the semi-winner of the "Professional Category" in the North Jersey territory and advanced to the semi-finals and final round in Florida.

Contestants needed to demonstrate both their problem-solving and physical skills across five categories: Pulling wire, cutting, stripping, terminating and testing through a multi-station speed test judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection. More than 30,000 contestants competed nationally in this year's competition, all hoping to win a grand prize of $75,000. Jeff advanced as one of the top 28 round of professional contractors which is very impressive!

For his participation and hard work, Jeff was presented with an Ideal prize package of tools, valued at $325.

Cooper Electric Gives Back for Earth Day

Monroe, NJ – April 22, 2019 Cooper Electric teamed up with the Monroe Township Library to celebrate Earth day. Monroe branch manager, Jack Rovira, and Cooper’s marketing department visited the library to donate 300 Sylvania Light bulbs to be handed out to everyone who rents a book.

"Monroe Township was a wonderful place to grow up," said branch manager Jack Rovira. "It’s always been important that I give back to the community that raised me, and I’m thankful Cooper Electric gave me the opportunity to give back to my hometown. The donation of 300 LED bulbs will help the people of Monroe save money and will also help the environment."

In addition to giving library-goers the opportunity to go green, Cooper is also aiding the library in their quest to become more energy efficient. Cooper Electric’s Quick Lighting group created a plan to replace their old lighting sources to LED. With the updates, the Monroe Township Library will save approximately 75% on their energy costs.

Cooper Electric Adds Solar to Corporate Headquarters

Monroe, NJ – December 1,2017 Cooper Electric's solar department teamed up with a local solar installer to install one megawatt, or 4,000- 260 watt solar modules, on the roof of their corporate headquarters in Monroe, NJ.

Joe Dudas, head of Cooper's solar department, spearheaded the project calling it an "outstanding success". He went on to say:

"This project stands as a prime example of how PV systems can efficiently and effectively be integrated into any commercial situation. Cooper was able to utilize existing inventory coupled with new technologies to create a showcase we can exhibit to new and existing customers and end users. Beyond the business and monetary benefits, this PV system shows Cooper's overall drive for the betterment of the local community and global environment."

The Jinko Maxim integrated solar modules, completed with Unirac's dual tilt ballasted racking system in addition to a mixture of central string inverters, will provide enough energy to offset roughly 60% of the 265,000 square foot buildings energy consumption.

Renewable resources such as solar provide monumental benefits. One megawatt of solar panels generates enough energy to power approximately 1540 homes and counter acts the CO2 emissions from 1,005 gallons of gasoline consumed!

Cooper Electric Lights Up Rockefeller Center Tree

Monroe, NJ – December 1,2017 – On November 29, 2017, we wrapped in five miles of 50,000 multicolored LED's and topped with the iconic 9.5 foot 25,000 Swarovski crystal star, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was lit for all to see.

The energy efficient LED lights, supplied by Cooper Electric's Linden NJ branch, draw a fraction of the power traditionally required by the tree. The switch to LED reduced energy consumption from 3,510 kwH to 1,297 kwH per day, saving as much energy as the average 2,000 square-foot single family household consumes in a month. Hundreds of solar panels atop one of the Rockefeller buildings also help to power the LED's making the tree more energy efficient than ever.

Cooper Electric supplied the electrical material to Tishman Speyer, which was then installed by Atlas Acon Electric Service. To hold everything together, Cooper Electric also supplied 34,000 ft. wire from Southwire, custom streamers, rubber washers, 3M tape, Ilsco splices, and Hubbell plugs and connectors.

The tree, a 75-foot-tall 12-ton Norwegian Spruce, arrived from State College, Pennsylvania, will remain lit from 5:30 AM-11:30 PM daily until it is taken down at 9:00 PM on January 7, 2018.