What is Connexion?
You might say that Connexion is a destination. A destination where creative ideas and practical solutions meet. It's the place where business as usual is replaced by doing something unexpected. It's the intersection where the electrical distribution business meets with that new, unpaved road called innovation.
Founded in 2007, Connexion has become one of the preeminent electrical equipment and supply providers in the Midwest. Connexion provides a wide array of leading electrical and lighting products, design services, expert application support and customized, integrated solutions meeting the unique needs of our clients.
Because we're constantly raising the bar on what's expected by delivering unexpected value.
Creating a great client experience is our singular focus. We approach each client opportunity with a fresh perspective while deploying our unique blend of product solutions and value-added services. We deliver these with the unbridled talent and enthusiasm of our associates who thrive to help you succeed.
We are your Connexion
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Take a quick peek behind the curtain; a glimpse of the magic our operations team performs on a daily basis and the character our associates.embody
Connexion Throughout the Years
Since our beginning in 2007, we were determined not only to march to the beat of a different drummer, but also to reinvent the drum. Our core expertise is electrical distribution, lighting design and cost-saving solutions, but that's just where our story begins. Our growth continues at a rate that outpaces the market. We attribute this success to our unique vision, our entrepreneurial spirit and the over-the-top effort, and dedication of our associates..
David Rosenstein and Steve Abrams acquire Classic Electric Supply; renames the business "Connexion" and ensues to reimagine and reinvent the electrical distribution business. Our annual customer, vendor and associate Cinco de Mayo tradition begins.
# Employees: 3
Connexion Joins Affiliated Distributors and opens their first Distribution Center on Hastings St. in Buffalo Grove, IL
# Employees: 27
At the cusp of the evolution of LED lighting and its associated disruption in fixture and control technology, Connexion forms their first Energy Solutions division and becomes a ComEd Trade Ally.
# Employees: 32
Connexion implemented a formal management structure, associate training program, and a process for performance reviews. Develops unbiased, web-based resources to educate the market on emerging LED technology and debunks bogus claims and "green washing".
# Employees: 46
Connexion moves to their current, larger location on Leider Lane in Buffalo Grove and formalizes their Core Beliefs and Key Attributes. Launches non-profit Science Connexion program promoting STEM education in community schools.
# Employees: 52
For our work in Science Connexion and our leadership role in educating our marketplace, tED Magazine awards Connexion as "Best of the Best Overall" Distributor. Develops our first menu of Value Added Services. Opens Chicago customer service center. Launches 1st annual Energy Incentive Quick Guide providing businesses guidence in all available utility incentives.
# Employees: 64
DTS, our proprietary logistical service ushers the beginning of a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio of project services.
# Employees: 67
To provide some clarity to what it is that Connexion does, a new tagline is developed: "Electrical and Energy Business Solutions". David Rosenstein receives NAED's Distinguished Service Award.
# Employees: 77
To create additional efficiency and value, Connexion implements a Lean 5S Quality System to their warehouse and logistics operations. New Customer Service center in Evanston is opened.
# Employees: 88
Since the launch of DTS in 2013, Connexion refines and re-engineers DTS and formally launches their IPS (Integrated Project Services) program. Launches 1st annual Certified Safety Training event.
# Employees: 98
Connexion celebrates their 10th Anniversary by launching a customer travel incentive program. We merged our project sales and energy sales (formerly "Energy Solutions") teams. Began the process of building out our eCommerce website and launched data as a culture.
# Employees: 110
Connexion takes a group of 80 customers and vendors to Akumal, Mexico to celebrate their 10 anniversary. Launched Vision 2020, and undertook a much needed expansion of our Buffalo Grove Distribution Center and office space. Connexion is awarded a Best of the Best Award from tED Magazine for Best Event (Safety Training). Science Connexion program wins Giving Back Award from AD.
# Employees: 122
Connexion acquires Van Meter's Chicago location. Schneider Electric appoints Connexion as their newest Chicago area distributor in over 40 years. Connexion's new eCommerce website wins tED magazines' Best of the Best Award.
# Employees: 122
Connexion In The News
With a focus on People, Needs, Ideas, and Solutions, we invite you to gain a deeper insight into how we made news and gained recognition. View or download our press releases:
April 2011: Connexion Invests in Tomorrow's Leaders
August 2017: Connexion Announces Their 2nd Annual Safety Training Event and Tool & Safety Product Expo
June 2017: Connexion continues its growth with strategic hires
January 2017: Connexion Celebrates 10 Years
December 2018: Connexion to Acquire Van Meter Chicago Location