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Communications Supply Corp. (CSC) began in 1972 as an independent distributor servicing the telecommunications industry. Founder Nick Ohnell expanded beyond the New England market by investing in start-up operations throughout the U.S.

By 1996, CSC had grown to seven sales offices and warehouses each managed independently to provide superior customer service to their respective regions. As the distribution market began to consolidate in mid-1990, Mr. Ohnell realized that to stay competitive, he was going to have to acquire or be acquired; he chose the latter.

CSC was purchased in December 1996 by an investor group, UBS Capital Partners, LLC, led by newly appointed president, CEO and investor, Steve Riordan. In addition, several members of the CSC management team were part of the investor group. The group's objective was to create a nationwide distribution network with strategically located branches that had the ability to provide whole order delivery anywhere in the U.S. within 24 hours. Marketshare growth would come organically as well as through acquisitions.

Today, CSC has more than 900 employees, 32 warehouses, more than $90 million in inventory, and 32 sales offices throughout the United States. The company has expanded its vertical market focus beyond private premise networks to include low-voltage specialty systems, data centers, security and surveillance, government, and the public network/service provider market segments. It continues to outpace the industry in sales growth and provides outstanding service to its customers.

On November 6, 2006, WESCO International announced the completion of the acquisition Communications Supply Corporation.

Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation is a leading nationwide distributor of low-voltage network infrastructure and industrial wire and cable products. Through a network of 32 branch offices, CSC distributes a full range of products to support advanced connectivity for voice and data communications, access control, security surveillance, building automation, video distribution, life safety broadcast systems, and electrical construction and manufacturing for commercial, residential, and government customers.

CSC is recognized for delivering measurable value and outstanding support to its customers and suppliers alike. Vast application expertise makes CSC an unbiased knowledge resource for product information, documentation, and training.

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