In a move to expand its coverage of the electric utility market, Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackson, Miss., bought utility distributor J.C. McCormic, Inc., Wildwood, Fla. Terms were not disclosed.

J.C. McCormic, an electric utility specialist in business for 43 years, had 1998 sales of $23 million, said Michael L. Anthony, vice president of operations, sales and marketing for Stuart C. Irby Co. The company will operate under the Stuart C. Irby Co. name.

Bill McCormick, former president of J.C. McCormic, will manage the Wildwood location for Irby; his brother Dan McCormick will continue as sales manager. The varied spellings of the family last name date back to a misprinted paycheck in the 1950s, said Bill McCormick.