For 100 Years

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Steiner Electric Company. Our fourth generation, original family owned and operated, company is very grateful for the many opportunities to serve our customers and the communities of our nine locations. For 100 years Steiner has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of our customers, suppliers and employees through technology, innovation and a culture of “helping our customer be the very best for their customers”.

George S Steiner
George S. Steiner (seated left)

Since George S. Steiner (left) founded our company in 1916 we have helped our customers grow their business by not only providing perhaps the largest inventory of electrical supplies in northern Illinois, but the product knowledge, application support and systems to save time and reduce operational expenses. We focused on expanding our core competencies with diversified but complementary products and services. There are five major divisions with the structure and teams to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

  1. Electrical Supplies
  2. Lighting & Control
  3. Generator Sales, Service and Rental
  4. Automation Products & Controls
  5. Metalworking & Industrial Supplies

The five bands within our 100th anniversary logo create a pathway from 1916 to 2016 corresponding to our five core competencies. The two rings are linked to show our interconnectedness from our past to our future. We gratefully acknowledge and learn from our history, whose foundation was built by our past customers, employees and suppliers. We embrace the future and the changes required to stay the course to creatively earn opportunities for future generations.

Steiner 100 Years

Thank you very much

Richard Kerman
President & CEO
Steiner Electric Company

2016 Walk and Roll Chicago Online Silent Auction

The 2016 Walk and Roll Chicago Online Silent Auction is LIVE!

American Cancer SocietyThe Walk & Roll Auction has been created by generous event partner, the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), with major support from BP and other partners including Steiner Electric. The Auction is open to all and the funds raised directly support the mission of the American Cancer Society and have been generously donated.

Visit the Walk & Roll auction site to see all of the great items up for auction.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Every dollar raised makes a life-saving difference and helps to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

500 Lives Saved Every Day

The Auction is easy to use and open to all! Simply…

Register via your mobile phone (by text) for the auction today!

  • Text the keyword, walkroll2016, to the number 24700
  • Reply with your full name to the message from the GiveSmart system
  • Click the blue link in your welcome message to open your mobile browser
  • Start browsing and bidding on silent auction items

Don’t want to register via your mobile phone? You can view items online by visiting the Auction website. You may click the “Register for Auction” link on the website, and you’ll receive a welcome email with a link that will allow you to bid online only.

Hurry!  You can preview and bid on your favorite items until 8PM CST on Tuesday, April 26.

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American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2016

Walk and Roll Chicago 2016

Join the American Cancer Society, Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), and Steiner Electric on Saturday, April 23, 2016 for Walk & Roll Chicago at Soldier Field.

Many Events, One Goal

American Cancer Society's Walk and Roll ChicagoWhether you walk, roll, run or stroll, the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll® brings people together to walk 5K, run 5K, bike 15K or skate 10K along the Lakeshore path each April. Walk & Roll is a family friendly fundraising event that brings our community together in the fight against cancer.

Come together with thousands of walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and volunteers to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about reducing cancer risk, and raise money to support the lifesaving services of the American Cancer Society.

Sign up to participate at Walk & Roll Chicago today and help us save lives and create more birthdays in the process!

Want some company?  You can walk along with us by joining the Steiner Team.  Our team is committed to helping the American Cancer Society raise awareness about what we can do, together, to help end this disease.  Our mission is clear – keep fighting for the day when no one hears the words “you have cancer.”

To learn more about the event, registration, volunteering, donating, sponsorship opportunities, fundraising tips, and more visit the official Walk & Roll Chicago website.

  • Date:
    • Saturday, April, 23, 2016
  • Time:
    • 8:30am – Registration / Event Site Opens
    • 10:00am – Routes Open
  • Registration:
    • The registration fee per participant is $15 and will be credited toward the fundraising goal.
      • Cancer survivors register for free!
      • Registration for kids 17 and under is free, too!

Register Now

Participants are welcome to bring signs and posters to carry on the routes. Many will picnic and enjoy the entertainment around Soldier Field before and after the event.  Participants are welcome to bring charcoal grills, athletic equipment, games, etc. and to join in with others celebrating their efforts in the fight against cancer.

Steiner Electric Announces New Branch In Chicago

In 1916, George Steiner started Steiner Electric in an era when the world was captivated by the art of innovation and imagination.  100 years later, on March 7th, 2016 Steiner announced the opening of our ninth branch, located at 2225 W. Hubbard, in Chicago.  Rick Kerman, President and CEO states “Our diversified and unique business model focuses on providing value and an exceptional customer experience that complements the ever changing requirements of our customers.”

Steiner Electric Hubbard St -Chicago Branch
Steiner Electric Hubbard St. – Chicago Branch located at 2225 W. Hubbard Street

Located in the Kinzie Corridor, our new 26,000 sq. ft. location features a modern will call counter, designed around the professional electrician, facility, engineer and maintenance person. “We provide products and services never imagined when my great grandfather founded the company only a short distance from here,” says 4th generation, Adam Kerman.

Steiner’s new facility will also feature an innovative Lighting and Control Technical Center, highlighting all the leading commercial and industrial products from manufacturers, including, Acuity brands, Lithonia, Juno, Eaton/Cooper Lighting, Philips, Lutron Controls, and many more.

For more information on products, services and represented manufacturers offered at the Hubbard St. branch and through all Steiner locations please view the branch opening announcement flyer.

Steiner 100 Year Anniversary

Attend the Proactive Maintenance with Fluke Infrared Thermography and Vibration Testing Workshop

Fluke Workshop

Attend this FREE workshop presented by Fluke to improve uptime and reliability of electro-mechanical equipment.

What you will learn:

  • Maintenance applications of thermal imaging and vibration testing
  • How thermal and vibration measurements predict equipment outages
  • Tips for setting up a successful maintenance program
  • Factors impacting the selection of the right tools for your applications

What’s included:

Who should attend:

  • Plant electricians
  • Electrical contractors
  • Facilities maintenance managers
  • Operations and manufacturing managers
  • Reliability professionals
  • Maintenance professionals
  • Service professionals

Dates, Time and Locations:

Choose from one of the following dates and locations.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016
    • Steiner Electric – Rockford
    • 8:00am – 12:00pm


  • Free
  • Continental Breakfast served from 7:15am – 8:00am
Registration for this event is now closed.

Attend the 2016 ChicaGO Safety and Sustainability Conference

Chicago Safety and Sustainability Conference

The Electric Association will once again be presenting the annual ChicaGO Safety & Sustainability Conference on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

This year’s conference features a great line-up of educational programs that will be of interest to all segments of the electrical and construction industries. Inspectors, planners, architects, contractors, engineers, and members of the construction community will get a sneak peek at the major changes coming to the 2017 National Electrical Code. Attendees will have many different tracks of seminars to choose from throughout the day, spanning an array of topics including: OSHA regulations and managing your company’s safety plan, how to sell an energy efficient project, implementing renewable energies into your construction projects, the future of lighting technology, the Government’s sustainability plans, and much more.

550+ Attendees are expected to attend in 2016!

Who Should AttendRaffle Grand Prize of $10,000

  • Building owners
  • Facility Managers
  • Electrical contractors, electricians, installers, project managers
  • Architects, engineers, specifiers, designers
  • Electrical and building inspectors
  • Safety Managers and Professionals
  • HVAC and Mechanical contractors
  • Public sector planners: municipalities, schools, hospitals
  • Energy professionals, consultants, utilities
  • Industrial maintenance supervisors & personnel

Conference Details

  • Date:
    • Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Time:
    • Workshops – 8am to 4pm
    • Tradeshow – 11am to 6pm
    • Networking Reception – 4pm to 6pm
  • Location:
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    • 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

Register Now for Chicago Safety and Sustainability Conference

Join Steiner Electric, the Electric Association, and partnering organizations at Chicagoland’s largest electrical construction conference of the year!

Application Period Now Open for The Electric Association Education Foundation’s 2016-2017 Academic Scholarships


The Electric Association Education Foundation is excited to be awarding six academic scholarships for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, January 15, 2016. In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Electric Association Education Fund Scholarship Program the following requirements must be met:

  1. The candidate must be an Electric Association Corporate member or any employee of an Electric Association Corporate member or any lineal descendant of any Electric Association Corporate member or lineal descendant of an employee of an Electric Association Corporate member. The Electric Association member must be a member in good standing as of the most recent December 31st.
  2. And the candidate must attend or plan to attend an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school.

The following available scholarships will award $2,500 each to its respective individual recipient.

  • Electric Association Scholarship
  • Joseph J. Archibald Memorial Scholarship
  • Anixter Family Scholarship (2 available)
  • The Kinander Family Scholarship
  • The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation Scholarship

Each individual scholarship may have additional requirements. Criteria for each scholarship as well as application forms may be downloaded at

Once again the deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Keep Your Motor Running!

Perhaps no other invention has decided the course of our world like the electric motor. motor-repairDeveloped as a result of the conceptual breakthroughs introduced by Michael Faraday, the first patent for an electromechanical device was awarded to Thomas Davenport in 1837. Davenport was a Vermont blacksmith and inventor who developed an electric motor that could lift a 200lb weight in about 1 minute. Those were impressive numbers in those days.

Thousands of patents soon followed, awarded to thousands of engineers, scientists, and tinkerers. The electric motor genie was out of the bottle.

Within a century, the electric motor had effected virtually every person on the planet. However, it was not very long ago that a person could name every electric motor they owned – the way you can probably name every internet-enabled device you own today. We no longer know how many electric motors we own these days, of course. There are windshield wiper designs, for example, that contain half a dozen electric motors alone!Motor-Repair

Imagine, then, how integrated electric motors and drives have become to industry.

Motor-repairIndustry continues to enable our way of life, which is why motor repair has become an essential part of any industrial operation. If a production line or manufacturing process shuts down due to an unexpected motor or drive failure, thousands of dollars per hour are suddenly at risk.

Steiner Electrics 24-hour motor repair service is the answer. Our team of technicians are EASA certified in order to handle any emergency motor repair situation that may arise, day or night. We have a healthy stock of inventory on hand to repair or replace any part, and a full-service machine shop to modify parts or replacements for any individual motor repair.

Add to that our generous warranty on all repair work we do, and our long list of on-site services, and 1-800-STEINER is the only number you’ll need to know for any industrial motor repair service.motor-repair

Considerations of Integrated Industrial Automation

Automation software is the brain behind the brawn of today’s integrated manufacturing operations. Powerful robotic arms and speeding conveyor belts tend to get most of the attention, yet the ones and zeroes of computerized automation programming are what makes the efficiency of modern industrialization possible. On the other hand, good old fashioned human intelligence is sometimes the best answer to solving manufacturing challenges. Often, it’s a combination of both that’s best, a mix of automated and manual operations.Industrial-Automation

How do contemporary captains of industry choose the ideal strategy for their industrial niche?

They call on the professional automation consultants here at Steiner Electric. Our automation consultants know how to combine a company’s passion for bringing a product to market with the best industrial technologies and practices for manufacturing that product. Every situation is unique, which is why a specialized consultation is the only way to be sure all the bases are covered. That said, there are a few considerations common to any business interested in exploring integrated manufacturing options.

The primary question for anyone who wants to explore integrated industrial automation is: Why?

What are the goals you hope to achieve through integrated manufacturing? The answers should be clear, as the initial investment is considerable. However, with the right strategy and the right product, the long term benefits are undeniable. That’s because automation can provide significant cost reductions that compound over time, offering permanent RobotWare-Machinereturns on the initial investment. Labor costs are the most obvious reductions most people notice when considering automation. Direct labor costs such as wages, health insurance, and holiday pay are expenses that automation can negate. Not as obvious, however, are the indirect labor costs that are avoided, such as reduced part waste due to operator error, improved product quality thanks to automation accuracy, and improved manufacturing time as shift changes, break times, and training sessions are virtually eliminated.

Other than the occasional need for mechanical and software engineers to troubleshoot a rare problem, automated systems operate tirelessly year after year once they are up and running.industrial-Automation

Besides reduced costs, there are other benefits of automation to consider. For example, inventory stores can usually be significantly reduced because the manufacturing process flows easily from one station to another, rather than accumulating parts in batches, only to sit idle as they wait for the next operation. Additionally, quality can be inspected in an ongoing manner. Piece part rejects are eliminated because the automation software is able to detect if any individual part fails to meet the necessary standards to continue along the manufacturing chain. The subjective judgment of human operators is avoided in favor of the precision that automation provides. Finally, all of this information can be accumulated by the automation software for later analysis.

Every integrated industrial automation system should include ongoing support and analysis.

Our automation and information technology experts at Steiner Electric provide exactly the ongoing support and analysis that every automated manufacturing process requires in order to prolong the life of the system. We make sure that everyone is properly trained on the system’s operations. And we alert our clients to advances in technology and practices that may improve a given process or operation. From the initial consideration of an automated manufacturing system to the end of a product’s run, our automation specialists are always just a phone call away.Industrial-Automation


Manufacturing Innovations

The Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show is coming to Milwaukee from October 6-8, 2015. Since 1989, this 3-day conference has been the Midwest’s premier machine tool show, where the industry gathers to showcase the latest innovations in manufacturing and industrial metalworking. Featured events sprinkled over the length of the conference offer insights on various aspects of the industry strategies for incorporating 3D printing in both established and upcoming manufacturing environments.

However, it’s the dozens of exhibits on display that are the real stars of the show, including an exhibit featuring CribTrack

Visit us during the conference at booth #0538 to see our new CribTrack industrial CribTrackvending machine. This amazing yet simple tool tracking and storage system offers unprecedented security and efficiency in one cost-effective, easily maintained system. Inventory tracking and distribution of the items needed for workers to complete their daily assignments has never been easier.

CribTrack offers cameras for security, cameras that record every transaction and can be accessed from anywhere through a simple web-based interface. That kind of accountability will ensure reduced supply shrinkage. And because CribTrack has no motors or other moving parts to wear out, its energy efficient design is built for dependable, long-lasting service.CribTrack-Steiner

While you are at our CribTrack booth, don’t forget to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a fun gift – including a shot at The Huffy Green Machine!huffy-green-machine

Steiner Electric representatives will also be stationed at booth #0135, where we will be on hand to exhibit how our Metalworking and Industrial Supply services can help reduce operating costs and maximize output efficiencies. Stop by to explore how we support the entire machine tool process. Our approach integrates the industry’s leading manufacturers and top products, which helps enable maximum productivity for our clients through process improvements and cost reductions. You’ll also find Castrol representatives at the booth with us to discuss the latest in industrial lubrication technology, and you can meet our friends from Memex, who will be offering demonstrations on Operating Equipment Effectiveness.metalworking-Steiner

We look forward to seeing you this week at the Wisconsin Expo Center in Milwaukee’s State Fair Park.

If you can’t make it, contact us for more information about our CribTrack industrial vending machine, including pricing and availability. Or find us at in order to see how we can help with all of your industrial metalworking and supply needs.