LINDEN, N.J.-- Turtle & Hughes Inc., one of the largest independent electrical and industrial distributors in the U.S., has earned the number one spot on NJ Biz List of the 2010 Top Women-Owned Businesses in New Jersey. The list, which was released December 13, 2010, ranked 151 New Jersey-based companies across all industries based on 2009 revenue.
The company has also been among the top 50 women-owned businesses of any kind nationwide for more than a decade, with a long history of management by women. Co-founded by her grandfather in 1923, third-generation owner Suzanne Millard currently serves as Turtle & Hughes' chairperson. In 2010, she turned the day-to-day operations over to her daughter, CEO Jayne Millard, who joined Turtle & Hughes in 1991 as vice president of marketing and has served as its president since 2009.
As a family-owned business with annual sales volume exceeding $400 million and more than 500 employees, Turtle & Hughes is the 27th largest private company in New Jersey, according to NJ Biz Lists. Operating from nine locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas, it serves Fortune 500 clients in the industrial, commercial, utility and contractor markets. A force in the growing fields of data communications and sustainable energy, Turtle & Hughes has been ranked one of the top 25 electrical distribution companies in the U.S. for the past 20 years.
"We are thrilled to lead the latest NJ Biz List for Women-Owned Businesses," says Jayne Millard. When asked what keeps her company at the top of these lists, she said, "Customers have remained the priority at Turtle & Hughes for four generations, and much of our market success depends on these long-term relationships. In addition, we're always looking to stay ahead of the curve, and will focus on growing the firm's global presence in the evolving diverse energy market this year."
Turtle & Hughes Inc. offers a full line of customized value-added services and programs to the industrial, construction, commercial, electrical contracting, export and utility markets. It remains an independent force that has forged a reputation for service and technical excellence.