IAC Supply Solutions Merges with French Gerleman To Create Regional Electrical Distribution Powerhouse

Since 1895, IAC Supply Solutions has maintained a reputation for innovation, service excellence, and commitment to employees and community. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years and have helped our customers through many transitions as they’ve navigated advancements in technology, communications, and general market trends. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re going through a transition of our own, one that ushers in the next phase of our business as we serve our customers, manufacturer partners and team members into the next hundred years.

Effective July 1, 2021, IAC Supply Solutions has merged with St. Louis-based French Gerleman, a move that greatly expands our capabilities, provides new product offerings such as safety and solar, and enhances the services required to best meet our customers’ ever-evolving needs. The new company, named Agilix Solutions and headquartered in St. Louis, will remain partnered with the best-in-class manufacturers we currently represent. Because of our larger size, and expanded regional footprint, we’ll be able to bring a greater depth of resources and e

xpertise to our work to enhance the solutions we provide for customers, the product knowledge required to best represent our manufacturer partners, and the scale to support our employees in meeting their business and career goals.

Both French Gerleman and IAC are independent, family-owned businesses that share roots dating back a hundred years or more, corporate values placing people at the forefront of all we do, and a desire to be positioned for a future of strength. We have long histories of sustained excellence, common values, and transforming our businesses to meet our customers’ needs for today and tomorrow. Each of us brings complementary strengths in terms of our teams, product lines, service offerings and the geographical regions we serve. Agilix remains an independent distributor, demonstrating the flexibility and agility required to support customers’ business objectives in a fast-moving world.

Meet French Gerleman

As we considered a merger, we realized that IAC couldn’t have found a more perfect fit than French Gerleman. The two companies have so much in common, as we’ve mentioned above, and so many aspects of our business that complement each other well.

Originally founded in 1914 as French Electric, a motor repair shop, the company went on to incorporate as French Gerleman in 1923 after acquiring electrical machinery company JP Gerleman. Today, French Gerleman is led by the fifth generation of the French and Wagner families, and provides automation, electrical supply, data communications, mechanical power transmission, safety and solar products for the industrial, commercial and construction markets across six branches in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

French Gerleman received the 2016 St. Louis Business Journal Family Business Award and has been named among the region’s largest privately held companies for more than a decade.

What’s Next?

We begin operating as one company effective July 1, 2021, and will continue doing business as French Gerleman and IAC until we will officially transition to the Agilix Solutions branding.

A team has been hard at work in recent months to ensure a smooth transition of workflows, so we anticipate minimal disruptions to business. While we do anticipate some organizational shifts later this year, our teams will continue to operate from our 13 branches and represent the industry leading brands for which we’re known. French Gerleman President Mike Stanfill will serve as CEO of Agilix, and IAC President Darrell Smith will serve as President.

We’re excited about the future of possibilities that this merger, which has brought two strong companies together, will deliver to our customers, manufacturer partners and team. More information is available in our recent press release, and we welcome you to contact us or reach out to your account manager with any questions.