About Us

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Our Purpose Statement:

  • The purpose of Independent Electric is to be an integral part of our customers and manufacturing partners' growth and success.
  • We will do this by providing  exceptional customer service, well trained friendly associates, industry leading added value and most important, by being recognized as the lowest total cost supplier in the markets we serve

Independent Electric opened in 1976 with ten employees to serve electrical contractors working in the high-tech aerospace industry. Today, Independent Electric operates 12 electrical supply branches in Northern California and 7 branches in Arizona. All of our branches maintain local inventory which is supported by our two Central Distribution Centers. Our 200,000 square foot CDC in San Leandro, CA  and our 135,000 square foot CDC in Phoenix, AZ replenishes the branch inventories daily as well as performing customer deliveries to your required destinations.

Our focus is to serve the electrical construction market with dedicated associates specializing in lighting, switchgear, wire management, tool & safety, renewable energy, and enhanced logistics solutions to meet and exceed our customer's specific needs.

In addition, we operate two specialty divisions— Independent Power Systems (IPS)with offices in Sacramento, Westminster, and San Diego, and Independent Utility Supply (IUS) with full line branches located in West Sacramento and Tracy.

IPS supplies switchgear, transformers, substations and related products to the commercial and industrial markets, offering complete design/build services and expert project management.

IUS provides the utility contractor with complete material packages for both electrical and gas projects, specializing in underground distribution line extensions and upgrades as well as street lighting projects.

With over 40 years of experience and employing more than 500 associates, Independent Electric has proven to be the leading source for electrical material in the markets we serve.

In August 2011, Independent Electric was acquired by Sonepar USA, a division of the privately held Sonepar Group.

About Sonepar USA

Sonepar USA is a market leader in the B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial & safety products and related solutions. Sonepar USA is made up of 15 of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors, with coverage in all 50 states. Entering the US in 1998, Sonepar USA has continued to grow over the years due to strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Sonepar USA is a member of the Sonepar Group, an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products and related solutions. For more information, visit soneparusa.com.

About Sonepar

Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services. Assisting customers in a wide range of markets and drawing on the skill and passion of its 44,500 associates, Sonepar has sales of €21.6 billion (as of December 31, 2017). Through a dense network of 167 operating companies spanning 44 countries and 5 continents, and the digital solutions developed, the Sonepar Group delivers greater service and enhanced customer relations every day. Sonepar’s ambition is to become "La R‌éf‌érence" - the standard-setter for all its stakeholders. For more information, visit sonepar.com.

Sonepar Code of Conduct

"Compliance is everyone's responsibility at Sonepar, every day in everything we do."

- Philippe Delpech, CEO of Sonepar