Gosch Supply and Lighting Center – Oswego County Business Magazine
The Fulton Company Celebrates Half a Century of Business
By Steve Yablonski
Much has changed at Fulton over the past 50 years. Woolworth is missing. Goldberg is gone. Nestlé has disappeared. Miller Brewing is gone. Sealright is now Huhtamaki.
However, there has been constant enterprise.
Gosch’s supply and lighting center is still going strong.
Gosch Supply, located at 303 S. Second St., has withstood decades of change and is Oswego County’s largest lighting showroom.
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Gosch Supply was founded in 1972 by Douglas Gosch in a converted cottage on South Second Street adjacent to the current location. The business moved to the corner of Routes 3 and 481, formerly the Sorbello car dealership, in 1976.
Garry Stanard joined the company in 1973. He purchased the company in 1986 after serving as its director for 13 years.
“The original store was south of our current location, actually right next to it. It was in the middle of the block,” he recalls. “Part of our building was a Jreck substore. owned half of this building.
“We have taken over this part of the building and created a larger showroom, showcasing the Shonbek crystals which sparkle and sparkle really beautifully in the windows in the evening. We have added a new garage for additional storage for our yarn spools and other merchandise.
“For me it will be 49 in June,” Stanard said. “A dollar eighty-five was minimum wage when I started here in 1973, right out of high school.”
Connie Stanard joined her husband as co-owner in 1987.
They usually don’t talk business at home, he noted.
“We are proud to have reached this milestone,” said Garry. “We hope to serve our customers for many more years.”
They have served many repeat customers, he added. “We have had loyal customers over the years. It helped us succeed.
“We are in a unique business. We have a lot of stuff that other places don’t sell. We carry a lot of parts for repairs and of course general power supply items. We have light bulbs, ranging from a miniature lamp to a large lamp and if we don’t have any we can source them,” he said.
Gosch Supply serves retail customers, local contractors, municipalities, schools and industry with many types of lighting and electrical supplies. The wide range of products includes everything from bulbs, lamps, lampshades to wires, conduit, switches, ballasts, panels and generators.
“We have dealt with municipalities, school systems, fire departments and local industries. For example, we also did things at the Oswego County airport. “We work with them; they have a lot of lighting there,” he pointed out.
Gosch Supply’s showroom is packed with interior and exterior lights, fans, cables, a myriad of bulbs and more.
“We went from incandescent lighting to mercury vapor lighting, to high pressure sodium lighting and now to LED lighting. It changed so quickly in the early years that we couldn’t keep up. We struggled to follow. Now it’s stabilized,’
Garry Stanard, owner of Gosch Supply & Lighting Center
In addition to lighting, electrical supplies and product service, Gosch Supply also offers doorbells, paddle fans, electric heaters, central vacuum systems, bath exhaust fans, mirrors decorative and the latest addition is portable wooden bar units and accent furniture.
“We also stock a huge range of electrician’s tools,” Stanard said. “We also offer a specialist lighting room with recessed and track lighting to allow our customers even greater choice. We want our customers to feel comfortable, welcome and totally at home when they visit us.
Gosch Supply has completed numerous residential and commercial projects, he added.
“We’ve done a lot of different things over the years. We’ve done a lot of commercial lighting, whether it’s a grocery store or a warehouse or a factory here in town,” Stanard said. “We’ve sold a lot of stuff over the years. Not only do we sell lighting, but we sell electrical supplies. We sell to electrical contractors, school systems and others.
Gosch Supply thrived with just a small team.
“Right now, there are three [people working here]. We are busy, it could be busier but… times are tough right now,” Stanard said.
The company has seen many changes over five decades.
“We went from incandescent lighting to mercury vapor lighting to high pressure sodium lighting and now to LED lighting. It changed so quickly in the early years that we couldn’t keep up. We struggled to keep up with the changes. Now it’s stabilized,” he said. “But there is still a new product coming out, probably every month now. At first it was hard. But we learned it; learned well. »
Everything slowed down during the pandemic, he said, adding; “We were still open because we were considered ‘essential’. Now it’s like a roller coaster. One day you’re super busy and one day you’re not,” he said. “Our month of January has started very well. February was very slow. I think that’s partly the way the economy is going. With gas prices the way they are, that’s not going to help anyone’s business.
When the weather improves, so does business.
“When the sun is shining, we’re busy,” he said. “It helps. I think people just like to go out and do things.
They just took more modern fixtures.
“They just arrived. We put one in the window a few days ago,” Stanard said in early March. “We had a phone call – someone called and inquired about it. When you get a new product and put it on display for people to see, they call you. A lot of people said they didn’t mind waiting for the traffic light on that corner because they like to watch all the colorful Tiffanies and other lighting in our windows.
“We haven’t really made any plans to mark the milestone. Maybe something a little later,” he said. “We have the whole year.”
Stanard said he thought about slowing down, maybe even retiring one day. Not now, he said. “I am here for the long term. The company started in 1972; I came here right out of high school. It’s an adventure that I loved and still love. » ❖