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Border States Electric Overview

Fargo, ND
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Border States is a leader in the electrical supply distribution industry with 95 locations in 18 states. Our employee-owners are second to none in delivering top-notch customer service and in demonstrating extraordinary people skills. We are one of the largest independent ... Read more

Mission: Border States provides value to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions.

Border States Electric – Why Work For Us?


We’re one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned companies in America. Each of our employee-owners has a real stake in our long-term success. Employee-ownership drives our commitment to delivering total satisfaction—each of us is empowered and expected to act decisively, exceeding our customers’ changing expectations at every turn and with every interaction.

And as employee-owners, we’re committed to the communities where we live and work. We’re involved in community cleanup projects, annual community development campaigns, and coaching and participating in community athletic teams. We’re also members and supporters of community groups, church groups, service groups, youth groups and educational institutions.

In addition, we regularly donate to qualified charitable organizations. Each branch receives funds for local community development campaigns and discretionary funds for other local requests like school activities and community service groups.

When two entrepreneurs founded Border States in the early 1950s, solid business relationships built on expertise, honesty and trust went a long way. Even though it’s been more than 60 years, today our more than 2,200 employee-owners look back on our founding mission and values, and realize that not much has changed: We provide value to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions.


For our customers, it means delivering total satisfaction with our products, services and solutions. We believe that excellent service is not doing one thing well but doing everything well. Whether our customers visit us to pick up some simple hardware and fasteners or work with us to upgrade their entire electrical grid, we’re dedicated to adding value to their experience through innovative products and exceptional service.

For our employee-owners, it means being empowered to respond quickly with customer-focused solutions. We own 100 percent of our company—so all of us value the creativity and decisiveness that help us grow. It means being the right person for the career and knowing it.

For our manufacturer partners, it means sharing a commitment to provide excellent service and innovative solutions for our customers. We value strong, responsible business relationships with our vendor partners—we rely heavily on them for quality products and exceptional services because these are exactly what our customers expect from us.

For our industry, it means supporting common causes through financial contributions, advocacy and participation in events. We actively participate in a growing number of industry associations and value the shared know-how they bring to our business.

For our communities, it means practicing solid corporate citizenship. We look for ways to support and give back to the communities where we live and work, and focus on sustainability. Whether it’s through community service groups, church groups, youth leadership, food banks or shelters—we know our commitment to the community gives us a rock-solid foundation for an amazing company culture.

And doing the right thing means doing all of these things safely for the wellbeing of our customers, manufacturers and employee-owners. We’re committed to continuous improvement in creating a safe and healthy work environment for everyone.


Aligning with a strong business partner is critical to business success. Our solutions and services—rooted in deep expertise and industry diversity—make us a powerful supply chain partner for businesses across a broad, growing customer base.

  • Our product assortment is always among the broadest available anywhere.
  • Expert and time-tested inventory management and replenishment capabilities reduce our customers' materials cost, inventory investment and vendor base.
  • Running our own GPS-enabled delivery fleet ensures on-time deliveries, self-unloading capabilities and precise materials placement—even during emergencies.
  • We interact directly with our customers' back-end inventory systems and transfer information through electronic data interchange (EDI) for precise supply chain management.
  • Our customers talk to a real person when they call us for help—our technical support improves productivity and reliability, lowers total cost, and reduces risk.
  • Our customized training draws upon the full support of our manufacturers to keep our customers' businesses up-to-speed on the latest products, applications and process solutions.

We look forward to helping your company streamline its supply chain, reduce expenses, increase efficiency and deliver measurable, bottom-line results.


When you work at Border States you’re more than an employee, you’re an owner. That’s because we are one of the largest 100 percent employee-owned companies in America.


Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) provides a means to accumulate an ownership interest in Border States. Being an employee-owner means having a stake in the company and an opportunity to share in the rewards of its success.


Join our team as one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the nation. We're always looking for the best talent to join our team. If you want to excel in a rapidly changing industry and use your skills to make an impact—become an employee-owner.

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    Advancement, culture, benefits, employee ownership, great people and opportunities to grow


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    Continue promoting employee ownership, increase training of employees, share all the success stories

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Border States Electric.


    Initially over the phone interview then if it sounds like a great opportunity they invite for an in person interview and to meet supervisor. The the background check took about a week then I was able to start.

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Border States Electric Awards & Accolades

  • Industry Supplier of the Year, Oil and Gas Awards, 2015
  • Pro Patria Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), 2015
  • Best Places to Work (Large employers), Prairie Business Magazine, 2014
  • Employee Ownership 100, National Center for Employee Ownership, 2009
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