About Werner Electric - A Top 100 Workplace

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  • About Werner
  • President's Message
  • Our History
  • Testimonials

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Werner Electric has a rich history of electrical distribution in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin that began in downtown Minneapolis in 1920. To support the growth of the company, Werner Electric moved its headquarters to Cottage Grove in 2008. Since then, we have expanded our Regional Distribution Center and office space by an additional 60,000 square feet to accommodate our inventory enhancements and continuous employee and market growth.

Our Automation, Clean Energy, Lighting, and Construction teams are staffed with experienced and highly-trained personnel that can assist you in achieving success with your business needs. They work with many manufacturers and provide complete solutions from beginning to end.

Our commitment is to deliver more than what’s in the box, giving you the advantage of having more time and money on your side. We are dedicated to being an extension of your company. We are your business’ competitive advantage.

A Message from Our President

Ben Granley - President of Werner Electric Supply

Ben Granley - President

Being our customers’ competitive advantage is not a mission; it is not a goal; it is Werner Electric’s promise to you. The mentality “our customers’ competitive advantage” is at the forefront of our employees’ minds with each e-mail sent, call made, or order finalized. To fulfill our promise, WE constantly question ourselves. What can we do for you?

A competitive advantage exists when our customers can deliver a superior product because of their relationship with Werner Electric. This ability is actualized when Werner’s customers achieve value from our business relationship that others can’t or won’t supply.

The value customers achieve from Werner Electric extends beyond the initial cost of the product. WE seek to maximize cost advantages for our customers that result from the pooled knowledge and advanced technical capabilities of our products and employees. Our resources then streamline the distribution process thereby saving time and increasing the total cost ownership of the process.

As an electrical distributor, WE are charged with potential. Whatever the unique flavor of your business, WE are committed to finding your personal competitive advantage.

Werner Electric's Progressive History

Werner Electric is the result of a joint venture between Werner Electric Supply of Neenah, WI and Van Meter Inc. of Cedar Rapids, IA. This new structure represents the cooperative efforts of three independent Allen-Bradley and Affiliated Distributor members, effectively tripling our resources.

Our mission is to be the premier distributor in the Midwest, serving the commercial market, OEM, and the industrial contractor. As a result of the joint venture with Werner Electric Supply of Wisconsin and Van Meter of Iowa, our combined entity is in the Top 5 Allen Bradley Distributors in the world; just one of the many reasons you can be sure you will benefit from our growing business. Together we can be found in approximately 30 tri-state locations and have over 100 degreed engineers.

Our Automation Department takes customer service seriously, providing both over the phone and on-site technical assistance for all the automation products we sell. Our specialists provide informational seminars and hands-on training for these products as well as continuing education classes at each our local branches. As an Allen-Bradley authorized distributor, our highly skilled automation group stays up-to-date with this fast-paced industry by participating in regular training, direct from the leader in electrical technology.

With seven branches serving Minnesota and Wisconsin, Werner Electric is poised and ready to tackle even the biggest electrical challenges. We have branches serving you in Cottage Grove, La Crescent, Mankato, Owatonna, Rochester, and St. Cloud, MN and in Eau Claire, WI.

Werner provides a strong mix of personalized customer service, from good old-fashioned face-to-face customer assistance to online ordering and account management that is capable of being customized to each particular customer. We stock thousands of products in our Regional Distribution Center to provide the fastest order fulfillment to our customers, complete with next-day delivery service in most cases.

We at strive every day toward exceptional customer service and to prove ourselves worthy of our customers business by performing above and beyond all expectations. We look forward to tackling future challenges with you that will allow us to be Your Premier Electrical Distributor.

Close Partnerships with Suppliers

“A strong relationship between a manufacturer and Werner keeps customers on the forefront of product offerings and a direct line to problem solving,” Barry Hafermann of AJB.

Joint Sales Calls

“The joint sales calls are valuable and lead us to customers we wouldn’t normally reach,” Gary Spear of Klein Tools.

The Whole Werner Team

“Instead of me being alone with any customer, it is a team that I am bringing,” Wade Stein, Account Manager


“In terms of marketing products with Werner, our success ratio is significantly higher compared to other distributor relationships,” Barry Hafermann of AJB.

Helping Your Business

“[We are] truly interested in our customers’ business. We really try to help each customer become more competitive and bring dollars to their bottom line,” Troy Newkirk, Account Manager.

The Werner Experience

"It really is a joy working with you!” Phil Plowman of Hubbell Wiring


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