The Hite Co., Altoona, Pa., has purchased Emerson Electric Supply Co. Inc., Farrell, Pa., a 52-year-old family-owned distributor servicing industrial and residential markets in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

The Hite Co.'s president, T. Scott Lawhead, said in a press release on the acquisition, ā€œEmerson Electric Supply is a strategic fit for The Hite Co.'s current regional distribution model and has a strong presence in the recovering industrial market. Additionally, their lighting showroom, The Lighting Gallery, a division of Emerson Electric Supply, will allow The Hite Co. to expand its residential business into the Pittsburgh and Ohio markets.ā€

Phil Piccioto, Emerson Electric Supply Co.'s owner, will join The Hite Co., effective May 1, and Emerson Electric Supply will be known as Emerson Electric Supply, a division of The Hite Co.