September 28, 2011

IDEA Names Border States Electric and Cooper Industries Recipients of the Fifth Annual Richard Buzu

Arlington, VA – IDEA, (www.idea-esolutions.com), a business-to-business technology service
provider owned by the electrical industry, today announced Border States
Electric and Cooper Industries as the distributor and manufacturer
recipients, respectively, of the fifth annual Richard Buzun Award for
Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce. Bob Gaylord, president &
CEO, IDEA, announced the winners during the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2011 in St.
Louis, MO.

"The 2011 winners invested in the future by exploring and adopting more productive ways of conducting business with their trading partners. They are leveraging the outputs developed by the industry to generate positive outcomes for their companies which has a trickle down affect on the entire industry. Especially since they both share some of the secrets behind their success to help everyone else succeed," said Gaylord.

Greg Thrall, Senior Vice President of Operations, Border States, and Scott Feldbush, Director of EBS Shared Services, Cooper Industries, accepted the awards on behalf of the winning companies.

"Border States is honored to accept the Richard Buzun Award for eCommerce leadership. It validates our dedication to building catalog content and providing resources and examples to our manufacturers as encouragement for their eCommerce programs. By forging close relationships with our manufacturer partners and supporting IDEA initiatives and quality product content, we hope to provide starting points for everyone to contribute clean, standardized data and keep the links within the supply chain strong and efficient. Thank you to our partners for your support and to IDEA for recognizing us with the Richard Buzun Award," said Thrall.

"Receiving the Richard Buzun Award is extremely exciting for Cooper Industries. It recognizes the company’s focus and dedication to reducing the cost of business through data synchronization with our business partners. We are honored to receive this industry award and to be recognized as an eCommerce leader in the industry. We look forward to our continued involvement with IDEA and our support of industry standards to improve our business relationships through efficient, harmonized transactions with our partners," said Feldbush.

The Richard Buzun Award was introduced in 2007 to recognize manufacturer and distributor companies that demonstrate leadership by implementing and promoting successful eCommerce programs throughout the electrical industry. The award is named after the late Richard Buzun, former IDEA Chairman, and former president and CEO of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

About IDEA

Our deep category
knowledge was born of the electrical industry in 1998. IDEA was founded
through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership, vision,
wisdom and expertise of the National Association of Electrical
Distributors (NAED) and the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA) members. IDEA is the official eCommerce standards
creating and setting body for the electrical industry and those same
standards translate to other industries. Our eCommerce and
Business-to-Business, Synchronization, Standards Adoption, and
Professional solutions and services optimize your business to run lean,
gain efficiency, synchronize data flow, streamline processes and
standardize systems. Our knowledge of the players, realities,
challenges, and opportunities provide a powerful consulting partner to
make the right decisions to Unleash the Power of e and position you
solidly for success in today’s business environment
(www.idea-esolutions.com).

About Border States Electric

Border
States is a 100 percent employee-owned company with headquarters in
Fargo, North Dakota, and an extensive network of branch locations
serving Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New
Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
and portions of Idaho, Nebraska and Nevada. In June 2010, Electrical
Wholesaling magazine ranked Border States as the ninth largest
independent electrical distributor in the United States. They have well
surpassed the phase of adopting and implementing eCommerce technology
to becoming an exemplary model on how to embrace technology and make it a
cornerstone of success for their company. For more information, visit
www.borderstateselectric.com.

About Cooper Industries

Cooper
Industries is a diversified global manufacturer of electrical
components and tools, with seven operating divisions with leading market
share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann
electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof
electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and
McGraw-Edison power systems products. Cooper has manufacturing
facilities in 23 countries as of 2011, and employs more than 25,000
people throughout the world. With its broad range of products, Cooper is
uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends, including the
current global infrastructure build-out, improvements to enhance the
reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the increased demand
for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved
electrical safety. For more information, visit www.cooperindustries.com.

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