About This Retailer
George Connelly and his wife Nora founded Saint Louis Electric Supply in the late 1940’s. They ran a hot shot electrical supply delivery business. George would get an order and hop into his pickup truck to deliver the supplies to electricians who needed material fast to their job site. Quick, reliable service they boasted. They ran St. Louis Electric Supply out of their basement and garage for over twenty years. In 1967, George had a stroke and made the difficult decision to put his busines...Read More
George Connelly and his wife Nora founded Saint Louis Electric Supply in the late 1940’s. They ran a hot shot electrical supply delivery business. George would get an order and hop into his pickup truck to deliver the supplies to electricians who needed material fast to their job site. Quick, reliable service they boasted. They ran St. Louis Electric Supply out of their basement and garage for over twenty years. In 1967, George had a stroke and made the difficult decision to put his business up for sale.
John Frisella, Sr. was an electrical contractor and encouraged his son, Jim Frisella, and his brother-in-law, Charlie Gagnepain, to purchase St. Louis Electrical Supply from George in 1967. With a loan from John Frisella, Sr., Jim and Charlie bought the business and Metro Electric Supply was born.
Fresh out of college in 1971, Jim’s bother Bill Frisella joined forces and helped build the customer base and opened satellite locations. Originally, METRO was strictly an electrical supply house but in 1978, METRO purchased an electrical distributor that also had a small 2500 square foot lighting showroom. This was the beginning of METRO Lighting. When Charlie and Jim later decided to call it quits, in 1985 and 1999, respectfully, Bill purchased their shares and owns and manages the company to this day.
Bill Frisella is the first to acknowledge that his success is due to METRO’s great staff of employees. Along with METRO’S executive vice-president, Barb Moynihan (behind every man there is a great woman), and its CFO, Jerry Salisbury, his electrical staff is headed by the general manager of METRO Electric Supply, Tim McDonnell. Tim, like his father before him, has been a dedicated employee now for over 25 years. His father, Mike, worked for METRO as a branch manager, sales manager and general manager while mentoring son Tim for over 20 years. Tim’s wife, Sam, is also the manager of METRO’s ARTS award-winning flagship showroom. Included in the electrical management team is sales manager Jerry Donovan. Jerry has been a member of the team since the late 70’s and adds experience to his mostly younger and aggressive sales force.
The lighting team is headed by METRO Lighting’s General Manager Matt Gagnepain. Matt’s father, Charlie, is one of the founders of the company. Matt was originally a pipe and wire man but his eye for design and his creativity steered him over to the lighting side of the business. In addition, Bill’s brother, Paul Frisella, is the sales manager of METRO Lighting. Paul’s team is staffed with a number of gifted professionals including Michael Craft and Will Jackson. Bill thinks that these are two of the finest lighting designers in the country.
- Monday: 7.00AM-5.00PM
- Tuesday: 7.00AM-5.00PM
- Wednesday: 7.00AM-5.00PM
- Thursday: 7.00AM-5.00PM
- Friday: 7.00AM-5.00PM
- Saturday: 8.00AM-12.00PM
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- Professional Lighting Consultation
Our lighting consultants are extensively trained on the latest in lighting trends in style, performance and technology. A specialist can meet with you in your home or business, or work with you in the showroom. Share your Pinterest boards and inspiration or work directly from a blueprint to create a layout, a detailed specification sheet, and everything that your contractor or electrician will need to complete the project.
- Landscape Lighting Design & Installation
Our specialists are experienced in the complexity of landscape lighting. We offer layout and design services by professionally trained and experienced staff, including on-site landscaping lighting consultation. We can arrange installation or work directly with your builder or landscaper to complete your landscaping project.
- On Hand Inventory – Immediate delivery or pickup
On-site warehouse reduces wait time and offers immediate pick up or scheduled delivery of many of our top selling items.
- Lighting and Home automation
Experts on hand who can help incorporate lighting into your existing home automation system, or help determine what type of system is best for you.
- Lamps & Bulbs
Offering a full selection of replacement bulbs, including standard and LED lamps, specialty and hard-to-find lamps, plus an assortment of smart bulbs.
- New Home Construction
Our trained professionals are here to help you from the start of your project to the end so that the right lighting can be installed the first time. We can create a detailed layout for your builder or contractor to make sure that we provide the right products for the right applications.
- Builder/ Contractor Services
Our lighting professionals are available for on-site walk-throughs at your property and can create a full lighting layout or detailed lighting package. They can work with the builder and/or exclusively with the client throughout the process.
- Replacement Glass & Parts
Our staff is available to assist researching your existing fixtures and helping to find your replacement parts, either in our warehouse or from our manufacturer partners.
- Lamp & Lighting repair
Trained craftsman who can repair your fixtures