Gross Electric , based in Toledo, OH, celebrated its 100th anniversary on April 27. The event marks a major milestone for the third-generation family business.
As part of its anniversary, Gross Electric organized a product expo at its headquarters. More than 40 vendors participated, including GE Lighting (shown here at booth) and Lutron, sharing their latest LED and fluorescent products and labor-saving devices with the almost 300 attendees, in addition to selling products.
In keeping with the theme of “The Next 100 Years of Lighting & Electricity,” the expo also featured seminars on new governmental guidelines and energy-saving technologies, including fluorescent bulbs, ballasts, controls and LED products.
Besides the educational focus, attendees also enjoyed striking a pose in an old-fashioned photo booth and dining on a celebratory dinner.
Attendees included contractors, builders, designers and architects from northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell also was present. Guests received 100th anniversary mementos, including a reusable grocery tote and Gross Electric T-shirt. Grand prize winners walked away with an iPod, digital camera, Netbook computer, and flat-screen TV.
While the Gross family is very proud of its ability to maintain a family-owned and operated business through 10 decades, they acknowledge the impact their employees and customers have had on the store’s success. “Our employees are an extension of our family," says Laurie Gross, President. "This business would not have been around for 100 years without them. This expo was an opportunity to thank our many loyal employees, customers, and vendors who have supported us over the years.”