McNaughton-McKay Electric Co. has expanded into northern Ohio with the purchase of most of the assets and operations of the Supply Division of The Kiemle-Hankins (K-H) Co.

The acquisition gives McNaughton-McKay, Madison Heights, Mich., exclusive rights to the Toledo, Ohio, area franchise for Allen-Bradley, a Rockwell Automation company based in Milwaukee. McNaughton-McKay, Allen-Bradley's biggest distributor, already has the area of primary responsibility (APR) for Allen-Bradley in the Columbus and Findlay, Ohio, areas.

The purchase includes the inventory and equipment of all three KH Supply locations in Maumee (Toledo), Defiance and Fremont, Ohio. The transaction will not include Kiemle-Hankins' services division, which Kiemle-Hankins will continue to operate under its own name. The services division, with locations in Toledo and Dayton, Ohio, provides electrical and electro-mechanical repair services in the Midwest.

After a short transition period, McNaughton-McKay will change Kiemle-Hankins Supply's name to McNaughton-McKay. The branches will operate as part of McNaughton-McKay's Ohio division, which currently consists of seven locations.

McNaughton-McKay, with 26 branches, had sales of over $500 million in 2000, according to Electrical Wholesaling's annual listing of the 250 biggest electrical distributors.

Gregory Chun, general manager of McNaughton-McKay's Ohio division, will assume responsibility for the three Kiemle-Hankins branches.

The Kiemle-Hankins Supply Division, with 64 employees, had 1999 annual sales of $38 million, according to Electrical Wholesaling's 2000 listing.

McNaughton-McKay has made several sizeable acquisitions over the years of other Allen-Bradley distributors, including EMCORP, Columbus, Ohio, in 1996, which moved McNaughton-McKay into central Ohio; Findlay Electric Supply Inc., Findlay, Ohio, and Advance Electric Supply Co. Inc., Flint, Mich, both in 1997; and Tab Electric, New Bern, N.C., in 1998. The acquisitions bring McNaughton-McKay Electric's total number of employees to 930.