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Electrical Distribution Solutions

SSDi

Electrical Distribution Solutions is a podcast for electricians, engineers, architects and more. SSDi manufacturers custom electrical distribution and control systems for C-Store’s and QSR’s worldwide. This podcast is hosted by Jerry Nelson, Adam Bohnet, and Dorothy McCarley. They are the founders of SSDi and have over 20 years of electrical trade industry experience. We all have our favorite tools, let this be one of them!

Newest SSDi Team Member, Paul Brown, & The Legacy of His Families 4th Generation Company W.A Brown & Son, INC.
Jan 18 2022
Newest SSDi Team Member, Paul Brown, & The Legacy of His Families 4th Generation Company W.A Brown & Son, INC.
Then, after giving a brief history of W. A. Brown and how they eventually became associated with SSDi, Paul expresses excitement at the potential for future growth and innovation that typically comes with a small and flexible team like ours.Paul goes on to speak on his keys to success as a salesman and decades-long business owner, which include empathy, service, curiosity, and creativity.Topics Discussed: 00:38 An introduction to Paul Brown02:33 About W. A. Brown & Son, INC.06:40 How SSDi came to improve upon the brown box11:25 SSDi’s curious and service-oriented culture towards its employees and customers14:46 Paul’s background in the industry21:46 Having SSDi’s system put into a competitor’s box23:55 Innovation through curiosity28:15 Inspiring creativity32:46 Why Paul transitioned from walk-in coolers into electrical panelsConnect with SSDi:Website - - - - - Quotes by Paul:The biggest benefit I see is being affiliated with a small organization at this point in time that actually listens to ideas and has an interest not only in how improvements can be made, but in their employees’ well-being.Customers pay the bills. Employees are the biggest asset you’re ever going to have.There’s no reason to recreate the wheel if somebody has a product that you can make better.The money is not made in the back room. And the money is not typically fully made out at the dispensers. It is made inside the store.Creativity is brought about by going out and being hands-on with the product and the people.
A Breakdown of SSDi Electrical Cabinet Exterior
Dec 18 2021
A Breakdown of SSDi Electrical Cabinet Exterior
Depending on the customer, the cabinet’s layout can have as many as eight large doors with small access doors into the breakers, wiring, and other components within it. Lockable handles keep out unwanted personnel. One can also join cabinets via raceways between each if circuits need to be added.The functions of the cabinet’s buttons range from lighting overrides to an estop and a reset for the fueling control system. Lights on the front of the panel easily signal whether or not an override is needed.If needed, one can mount conduits, voltage controls, gutters and other features that cover their specific situation.Topics Discussed: 00:30 A general overview of the cabinet04:14 How the cabinet’s size was determined05:38 Transporting the cabinet with ease06:45 Choosing a color09:29 How lights on the front of the panel increases convenience10:19 Mounting additional controls on top of the cabinet11:00 The main distribution panel that supplies power to the cabinet12:19 Troubleshooting tips14:30 Other things to note about the cabinet’s exterior17:38 Moving the cabinet around if neededConnect with SSDi:WebsiteInstagram FacebookTwitterYouTubeKey Quotes:We’ve had customers who put their stuff on the second floor and they had to have the cabinet onsite before the roof went on. Well, that’s so premature, but they didn’t have a choice because they couldn’t get it up there any other way than by crane. Whereas, with ours, you can carry them up the stairs.We want the customer to fully understand what they’re getting and also realize that we’re not going anywhere. It could be two, three years from now when they give us a call, and we’ll still pick up the phone and help them troubleshoot [their cabinet].
SSDi Space Saver Distribution Inc. Explained
Jan 11 2021
SSDi Space Saver Distribution Inc. Explained
In this episode Jerry, Dorothy, and Adam do a deep dive into Space Saver Distribution, Inc. (SSDI), a manufacturer of electrical distribution systems.The conversation touches on how SSDI’s systems benefit clients of all types, from gas stations to convenience stores to car washes. They also discuss the power-saving capabilities of the product, and how its design makes maintenance easier for electricians. Finally, they explain what separates SSDI from its competitors.Brought to you by SSDi Space Saver Distribution Inc. Topics Discussed:01:19 What we build at SSDI04:40 How SSDI helps buildings of all kinds save space in unconventional areas06:48 How gas stations can benefit from the product10:08 Saving power via “daylight harvesting”13:29 Why our cabinets are designed for electricians19:10 Incorporating modifications and other good ideas by electricians into the product22:67 What makes our systems custom?26:38 Why we label the cabinets extensively30:22 Everybody needs electrical distribution32:54 What makes us exceptional?Key Quotes by Jerry, Dorothy, and Adam:We take electrical panels that are typically mounted on a wall and integrate them into one overall cabinet, saving you space, and take all the controls and integrate that into the same cabinet to allow the electrician to have ease of wiring, etc. ~AdamWe provide customers with the knowledge that they don’t even realize they need to know. When they go into their room, they don’t realize that they’re missing that space till they get to see what we do. ~DorothyElectrical distribution doesn’t need to go into a back room or into an office. It can go just about anywhere, including outside restrooms and hallways that nobody ever uses. We try to find unconventional areas that will never get used that we can put our product in to free up all that space. ~JerryWe will work with the electricians during construction and preconstruction to be able to have a conversation so that the underground can be done towards benefiting them when they get the box. It benefits them as an electrician if they have that knowledge. ~DorothyOur systems are custom because it fits their needs and beyond. It’s not a standard product that you just pick off the shelf. We don’t sell widgets. ~AdamIt doesn’t matter whether you’re building a gas station, a convenience store, a grocery store, or a hospital. Everybody needs electrical distribution—every building, every business. No one gets away with not having power. ~DorothyIt’s about people. What it comes down to, for us, is: “Who is that person and what do they need?” ~Jerry
Introduction & Electrical Trade Background of SSDi Founders
Dec 13 2020
Introduction & Electrical Trade Background of SSDi Founders
The best way to kick off this podcast is to start from the beginning. In this episode , Jerry, Dorothy, and Adam discuss their history and background in the electrical trade and how they got to where they are today. They also share their vision for SSDI, why they continue to think like small business owners in spite of their growth, and the power of failing their way to success.Topics Discussed:00:44 An introduction to Jerry09:31 An introduction to Dorothy12:03 An introduction to Adam14:58 Starting SSDI17:43 How SSDI retains customers for life21:17 Why SSDI continues to adopt the mindset and workflow of a small company23:27 The importance of consistency and integrity25:17 Failing forwardConnect with Electrical Distribution Solutions & SSDi: WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterYouTubeKey Quotes by Jerry, Dorothy, and Adam:I love being able to teach and show people how things can evolve and grow and how we can make things better and simpler for both the customer and myself. ~JerryThe customer or the employee: We don’t know which one is first, so we just treat both really well. ~DorothyThere have always been heated discussions between the three of us; but who doesn’t have those? Ultimately, those discussions will make the product better. We learn from them and move forward. ~AdamWe’re not a small company, but I always think of us as one. ~JerryConstantly communicating with our customers and always being alongside them every step of the way makes a big difference. ~DorothyBy no means are we perfect. We’re going to make mistakes, but we will own up to those mistakes and correct what we need to correct. ~AdamFailure is a good thing. If you don’t fail, then you’re not growing. If we’re not trying to get through adversity and overcome it, then we can’t be who we are. ~Jerry