Richardson Electric Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., has agreed to merge with its neighbor, Creswell Industrial Supply, to form Creswell-Richardson Supply, according to a story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Rob Creswell, president, said the merger was a way to streamline during tight economic times while preparing for growth they expect from the arrival of a Volkswagen plant in the area.

The combined company will continue to supply electrical and bearings and power transmission parts for the automotive and textile industries, construction contractors, foundries and heavy industrial customers just as each of the two did separately for almost 40 years. Creswell-Richardson Supply also will keep the engineering services business, known as ETO or Engineered to Order, that Creswell provided and the TechCraft Automation, that has been a major part of Richardson Electric's business.