About Border States

About Border States

We’re employees — but more than that, we’re owners.

Our Story

Border States is one of the largest 100% employee-owned companies in the United States, and each employee-owner has a real stake in our long-term success. Employee-ownership drives our commitment to delivering total satisfaction — each of us is empowered to exceed customer expectations.

Border States was founded in 1952, when two entrepreneurs in Grand Forks, North Dakota, wanted to serve the electric utility industry. Today, we provide quality products, material management solutions and industry expertise to tens of thousands of customers in the construction, industrial and utility markets.

Diversity and Inclusion

Border States is a company of employee-owners from different and diverse backgrounds. We are committed to improving our culture; building an even more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization; and eliminating hurtful discrimination, hatred and racism.

We established a Unity Council in 2020 to help celebrate diversity and promote equity and understanding, so all employee-owners can build a stronger foundation for Border States and the communities where we work and live. The council​ works to develop strategies and objectives, implement programs, create awareness and educate employee-owners as we work to address the important initiative of diversity, inclusion and discrimination.

Our Values

During Border States’ nearly 70 years in the electrical distribution business, our mission and values haven’t changed. We provide services and solutions to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions. We believe in doing the right thing — for our customers, vendor partners, communities and fellow employee-owners.

For our vendor 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, and we rely heavily on them for quality products and exceptional services because these are exactly what our customers expect from us.

Our Purpose

In our industry, success relies on aligning with a strong business partner; that’s why we define our innovation according to our customers’ specific business goals because our customers’ success means everything to us.

Border States’ services and solutions — rooted in deep expertise and industry diversity — make us a trusted supply chain partner for businesses across a broad, growing customer base.

Our Promise

Whether you’re a prospective, new or longtime customer, here’s our promise to you:

  • Experience a broad product offering.
  • Access quality material management expertise to save time and money.
  • Count on timely deliveries — even in emergency situations.
  • Talk to a real person when you call us. We provide quality technical support in multiple areas.
  • Participate in customized training from our many product and technical experts.

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