Rexel Datacom Training: 4th Center Opens In N.C.

Rexel, one of the largest electrical/datacom distributors in the U.S., has opened its 4th BICSI-certified training center.

With the March grand opening of a new BICSI -certified Technology Training Center in Newton, N.C., Rexel - the world's largest electrical/datacom distributor - now has four such centers operational in the U.S.

Newton, in Catawba County, "is already rich with technologies in manufacturing," explained Dru Heldman, datacom area manager for Rexel. "This new resource is a great boost for economic development in Catawba and the surrounding region of North Carolina."

A permanent site, the Newton BICSI training center includes a shell cabling infrastructure pathway with an entrance facility, Telecommunications Room racking, and main cross connect and termination equipment.

"We have a schedule of BICSI classes set for the year," said Heldman. "We'll add classes for fiber optics, outside plant (OSP), and residential structured cabling."

Rexel's other BICSI -certified datacom training centers are located in Linthicum, Maryland; Chantilly, Va.; and Denver. Colo.

All of Rexel's nearly 300 U.S. branches carry the most frequently requested datacom parts (as well as electrical inventory), which gives the company more locations selling datacom products than any other U.S. distributor.

About Rexel
Rexel Inc. ( is a unit of Paris -based Rexel SA, the world's largest electrical/datacom distributor. With more than 4,400 employees operating out of 280 branch locations in the U.S. and Bermuda, Rexel's U.S. sales were nearly $2.5 billion in 2005.

Rexel SA operates out of nearly 1,700 locations in 24 countries. With more than 21,000 employees, the company had 2005 sales approximating $8.9 billion.

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