Midwest HVAC News
Celebrates 100th Anniversary as Family Business.
Madison Electric Company, one of Michigan’s largest wholesale
distributors of electrical, automation, HVAC, PVF, plumbing, water
management and network communication systems and components, is
celebrating 100 years as a Michigan family owned business.
In celebration of its centennial Madison Electric Company is
committed to raising $100,000 for local charities to show its
appreciation for the community that has supported Madison in a
century of success. The charitable organizations include: Karmanos
Cancer Institute, Gleaners Food Bank, Detroit Institute for Children
and Michigan Freedom Center. In addition to the fundraising efforts
spearheaded by family executive leadership, Madison associates will
also participate in planned fundraising events and volunteer
activities at the four selected charities throughout the year.
Over the past century, Madison Electric Company has grown from two
men, operating their business out of a small industrial building in
Detroit, to a multi-faceted corporation comprised of eight
locations, 150 employees and $80 million in annual sales.
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The company was
founded in 1914 by brothers Morris and Max Blumberg and has
remained under the leadership of their decedents ever since. It
enters its second century presided over by Brett Schneider,
great grandson of Morris Blumberg, marking the fourth generation
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Madison Electric
Company, we’d like to thank those who came before us and laid
the strong foundation where we stand today,” said Schneider,
President of Madison Electric Company. “It remains our duty to
fix our eyes to the future to ensure just as strong a foundation
for the next generation.”
Madison Electric Company’s greatest milestones have been marked
by the leadership’s future-focused approach to business.
Examples of this include opening branch locations to bring
products closer to contractors during the post-World War II
urban sprawl; forming the industrial electronics division to
provide interconnected products, cable assemblies and production
computers during the turn of the century; and investing early
into automation, twenty years before it reached the popularity
it’s gained today.
Every generation of leadership has made it their goal to leave
the company even better than they found it,” said Benjamin
Rosenthal, Chief Financial Officer of Madison Electric Company.
“It’s this mentality that drives us to try new things, invest in
new technology and expand our offerings.”
Representing the fourth generation of leadership of Madison
Electric Company, are: Brett Schneider, president; Brad
Schneider, vice president of operations; and Jordan Glass,
secretary/treasurer. The company’s third generation of family
leaders, include: Benjamin Rosenthal, chief financial officer;
Richard Sonenklar, vice president and chief information officer;
Scott Leemaster, vice president and general manager; and Jon
Waitz, vice president.