Empire Electric, began in 1942, Franklin Electric in 1946, as separate wholesale electrical distributors in Montreal, Quebec. These two companies merged in 1992 to form Franklin Empire Inc., with the primary “raison d’être” to have sufficient critical mass to be able to afford to invest in value added services that would bring Franklin Empire Inc. to another level.

Franklin Empire Inc. has grown solidly over the years and currently represents an estimated 10% of the Quebec market. This merger has helped bring Franklin Empire Inc. to the level where we are proud to be the “largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada”.

  • 1987 - Franklin acquired Playford (1922).
  • 1992 - Empire Electric and Franklin PlayFord merged. 
  • 1993 - Franklin Empire Inc. joined Affiliated Distributors (A-D). Members of A-D are part of the largest group of independently owned electrical distributors in North America. Together the A-D distributors represent over 18 billion dollars in annual sales. This provides independent distributors; including Franklin Empire Inc., the power to compete with the largest national distributor chains.
  • 1996 - Franklin Empire Inc. acquired Control Mart (1975) in Toronto.
  • 2000 - Franklin Empire Inc. acquired Electro Mecanik.
  • 2001 - Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Scarborough, Ontario.
  • 2004 - Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
  • 2004 - Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Newmarket, Ontario.
  • 2005 - Franklin Empire Inc acquired Capel Electric, an industrial electrical distributor in Montreal East.
  • 2006 - Franklin Empire Inc. became the exclusive Siemens distributor in Quebec for all industrial products, including: Automation Products, Safety Products, Variable Frequency Drives, Motion Control Products, Motors, and Industrial Control Products.
  • 2007- Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 2007- Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2010- Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in St-Jerome, Quebec
  • 2011- New Home & Building Automation department 
  • 2011-Franklin Empire Inc. acquires DS Tech, assembly and service center specializing in the field of industrial power transmission.
  • 2012-Franklin Empire Inc. acquired Electra Supply, including three branches in Cambridge, London & Windsor. Franklin Empire Inc. is named the Siemens Exclusive Industrial Distributor for southwest Ontario.
  • 2012-Franklin Empire Inc. was selected for the 2012 Consumer Choice Award in the category-Lighting-Manufacturing & Wholesale. 
  • 2013-Franklin Empire Inc. acquired Ontor's ISD division and became the Siemens Exclusive Industrial Distributor for the GTA, Mississauga/Brampton and Oakville/ Hamilton/Niagra region. 
  • 2014-Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Sept-Îles, Quebec
  • 2014-Franklin Empire Inc. acquired Measuremax Inc based out of Peterborough, Ontario and added Process Instrumentation to its list of value-added services
  • 2017-Franklin Empire Inc. opened a branch in Gatineau, Quebec

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