Why Chemical Manufacturers Choose IM Supply for Electrical and Lighting MRO

Chemical manufacturing companies need their plants to operate safely and effectively without worrying about equipment breaking and rising maintenance costs.

Working with a highly proficient electrical and lighting MRO supplier like IM Supply can significantly optimize operational effectiveness and slash overall spending.

Factory downtime is a major bottom-line buster, but it’s the inevitable result when a plant’s power or lighting doesn’t function properly. To keep your plants humming along smoothly, leading chemical manufacturers on the Fortune 500 list choose IM Supply.

Here’s how IM Supply helps chemical manufacturers keep their assembly lines rolling:

Extraordinary local solutions with a single national contract

With IM Supply, customers enjoy the benefits of a single national electrical and lighting MRO contract with fulfillment through local distributors known and trusted by plant managers. Working with a patchwork assembly of distributors all but guarantees inconsistent service and higher costs. Companies are better off centralizing MRO suppliers with one national contract with a vendor who can service each plant locally because the whole organization profits from streamlined vendor relations and uniform service and standards.

Big time cost savings

Chemical manufacturers can dramatically lower material costs and overall spending with a single national MRO solution provider like IM Supply, offering capable local service, competitive pricing and real-time reporting.

Entrepreneurial distributors offering top notch service

IM Supply’s distributors are nimble, and each location is backed up with national resources to ensure complete client satisfaction. Additionally, IM Supply’s distributors have deep experience in chemical safety and manufacturing heavily regulated materials. They can offer a wealth of advice on how to keep plants running safely, more efficiently and in full compliance with applicable regulations.

Reduced inventory costs

As a smart MRO supplier, IM Supply helps its customers streamline their inventory management by identifying critical and non-critical items. Critical items can be stored onsite while IM Supply’s local distributor can warehouse the non-critical items and deliver them as needed. This just-in-time inventory reduces carrying costs for the customer and frees up space in their facilities. IM Supply can also offer other inventory assistance, vendor managed inventory (VMI), crib management consulting, and product kitting.

Your parts when you need them

Having a distributor location near each plant is critical. Thanks to IM Supply’s network of 780 distributor locations, there’s sure to be one near each of your plants. Unlike other MRO providers, IM Supply does not use a hub-and-spoke distribution model, so critical and non-critical parts are always stocked at the local distributor in advance, so parts are always on hand. There’s no waiting days for parts to arrive from a central warehouse.

Uniform pricing and product standardization

A key benefit of working with IM Supply as a national MRO partner is the company-wide consistency that customers receive. Instead of paying different prices at each plant for the same products, prices are consistent for all the plants. Instead of calling a product by 10 different names at 10 plants, product names and their uses are standardized in customers’ systems.

Full system integration

A robust e-commerce solution with state-of-the-art transaction processes is a must for an MRO supplier. IM Supply enables customer ordering through a single “purchasing portal” that serves as the front end for receivables and the back end for payables. This system helps customers by making purchasing easy and providing real-time business analytics. These analytics include online statements, documented cost savings, top manufacturers purchased, total purchases and purchases by individual location. The comprehensive reports give customers a better picture of their business operations and costs.

Preventative maintenance schedules

There’s nothing like unplanned downtime from equipment failure to ravage a plant’s productivity. IM Supply helps avoid that nightmare with preventative maintenance. Local distributors work with the plant’s engineers to develop electrical and lighting maintenance schedules, fending off costly and catastrophic malfunctions with preemptive service at the times most convenient for the plant.

Increase energy efficiency and reduce power costs

IM Supply’s experienced local distributors can significantly reduce a plant’s power costs by recommending energy efficient products (e.g. LED lighting and controls). In the case of lighting upgrades, this tactic can also improve facility productivity and safety as workers have better visibility in the plant and can see better to do their jobs. Energy efficient upgrades can also help achieve corporate sustainability goals.

Protective equipment and training

To further reduce customer operating costs, IM Supply provides personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for employee safety. A safer workplace reduces employee injuries, workers’ comp claims, OSHA fines, insurance premiums and employee turnover.


Learn how IM Supply provides exceptional local MRO service on a national scale. Talk to an IM Supply specialist or download the whitepaper.

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