Celebrating 60 Years of Service
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and concern for the health and well-being of our customers, exhibitors, and employees, Gresco made the decision to cancel the 19th Annual Expo scheduled for Friday, March 27th. This is the first year the event has been cancelled, although Gresco skipped the 2007 Expo (the now spring Expo was held in October then) due to the transition from the Reynolds, Georgia office location to Forsyth.
This year, Monday, March 23rd marks Gresco’s 60th Anniversary. 60 years of satisfaction guarantees and commitments to meet the needs of you, our loyal customers. As a cooperative, we exist solely to serve you. Like any company large or small, we continue to learn and grow in order to best meet your needs. We thank you for growing with us over these 60 years as we work to streamline orders and processes, and we look forward to another 60+ years of service to you.
Here are some little-known facts about Gresco, our Expo, and our Fall Fest events in light of celebrating 60 years of service.
- Gresco was originally created as Georgia Rural Electric Service Corporation. Over the years, the acronym “Gresco” was used informally for simplicity, each letter being the first letter of each word in our name.
- In 1999, there were only five employees working at the Florida location and one delivery truck.
- At the end of 1999, Georgia Rural Electric Service Corporation was reincorporated and named Gresco Utility Supply, Inc. This change reflected our growing presence outside of the state of Georgia.
- Gresco’s Georgia Expo began in 2001. It was held in the fall instead of the spring. Approximately 100 customers and 40 to 50 vendors were in attendance.
- The Expo (originally known as “Redneck Expo”) was first held in a field with tents. Vendors set up their tables on the side of a grass road. The event was renamed to just “Expo” in 2003 when Mike Williams became acting District Manager in Georgia.
- Expo was eventually moved indoors and vendor tables were set up in the warehouse. A tent was setup for lunch following the event. The morning of the Expo, a torrential downpour hit and lunch tables were quickly moved indoors between the material racks. During lunch, customers noticed equipment on the racks that they did not realize we sold. We decided to start a new tradition and the rest is history.
- Our Florida Fall Fest once had games for customers to participate in, including a rock-climbing wall.
- Vicki Vernon (Florida Inside Sales Manager), won a contest to name Florida’s version of Expo to its current name – Fall Fest.