Roden Electrical Supply Co., Knoxville, Tenn., and Stuart C. Irby, Jackson, Miss., have agreed to exchange two branches in Alabama and Tennessee, in a move that would sharpen the regional focus of both companies.

Roden Electrical Supply will acquire Stuart C. Irby's industrial automation and electrical supply operations in Kingsport, Tenn., giving it access to the “Tri-Cities” region of Kingsport and Johnson City, Tenn., and Bristol, Va. As part of the agreement, Stuart C. Irby will acquire the Roden industrial operations in Huntsville, Ala. Both companies will have the Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley area of primary responsibility (APR) for their respective branches. Roden already has the Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Automation APRs in Tennessee in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Knoxville, Newport, Oak Ridge and Pigeon Forge.

Said Sam McCamy III, Roden's president, “This exchange meets the strategic needs of both companies by creating a consolidated base of resources in each territory to service customers more efficiently. Our electrical and automation operations were adjacent to the Tri-Cities area. Irby was somewhat isolated there, but had electrical and automation operations adjacent to Huntsville, in Decatur, Ala.”