Central Wholesale Electrical Distributors sells electrical and lighting equipment and supplies, as well as tools and data communications products, for commercial and residential applications. Operating through six branch locations in northern and central California, the company distributes products ranging from ballasts, batteries, fans, and fuses to lamps, lighting equipment, lubricants, tools, and wire and cable. Its manufacturers include Belden, Cooper Lighting, Fluke, General Cable, Littelfuse, Makita, Pass & Seymour, Thomas & Betts, and Wiremold. Central Wholesale was established in 1976 by Klaus Hansen (president) and Wayne Heitz. Klaus Hansen is the majority shareholder.