Based in Pouladuff, Co Cork, MCK Electrical Ltd is an Irish-owned independent electrical supplier which operates from 20,000 square foot warehouse and offices. Building Ireland spoke with Managing Director John Kiely to find out all about this thriving business which prides itself on supplying quality products and an excellent service.
Business is good these days at MCK Electrical Ltd and the plan for John Kiely and the team down in Togher Industrial Estate is to try and keep things that way right through to 2022.
Operating with 20 full-time staff, the company stocks all major brands in lighting, wiring accessories, industrial cables, trays and trunking, and domestic and commercial heating.
Indeed, MCK Electrical Ltd has grown year on year since its establishment in 1999 and the business continues to grow, marking its 20th anniversary two years ago with the opening of a brand new state-of-the-art lighting showroom.
Building Ireland caught up with Managing Director John Kiely recently to learn more about the company and the current state of business down in Pouladuff.
“We’re established 22 years now and at the moment we’ve 20 staff working here,” outlined the co-founder of the company.
“Business at the moment is actually quite good, all things considered. We did find the pandemic challenging last year but we were better prepared for it this year and things have been going well.
“We’re very Covid compliant and we supply essential services as well, so it has kept us busy during the lockdown.”
The Covid-19 pandemic, and the government restrictions which have followed in order to try and combat the spread of the virus, have affected businesses throughout the country and MCK Electrical are no different.
Last year, the company had to contend with these unprecedented times as businesses were forced to shut their doors overnight for a six-week period between March and May, but MCK luckily were able to keep their doors open, as they were deemed an essential service.
As John mentioned, MCK Electrical was better prepared at the start of 2021 and, at the moment, business seems to be thriving.
It has continued to stock all major brands for its customers and, thanks to a strong relationship with suppliers, the range of products on offer continues to evolve.
MCK Electrical stocks a wide range of workwear and tools for its customers in the construction industry of which there are many.
In 2019, the company invested in a brand-new state-of-the-art lighting room which has a varied range of decorative, outdoor and LED lighting.
MCK Electrical offers its customers a free design service for LED retrofit upgrades and new installations are also available.
It all helps to make MCK Electrical a one-stop shop for its customers all throughout Cork and beyond its borders.
If you were to visit the company’s showroom in Togher Industrial Estate you’d find an extensive range of light fittings, LED lighting ideas as well as lighting solutions like wall lights, table lamps, floor standing lamps, chandeliers, outdoor lighting and much more.
They have lots of special offers and end-of-line products at affordable prices, another reason why clients choose them first ahead of other competitors.
“Right now, we are doing a lot of lighting for EZ Living Interiors Nationwide,” said the Managing Director.
“They’re a good client that buys a lot of stock from us here and other than that it’s going to be a while before other things open up.
“We’re still kept busy though and hopefully things will get busier as the restrictions begin to lift a bit more.”
Still, in these challenging times, the company continues to provide its clients with quality products and a service which is second to none.
So, what has been the secret to success for MCK Electrical thus far?
According to John, he cites two things in particular that go a long way with customers in this line of work.
“I think a lot of it comes down to availability of stock and also our service here,” said the Rebel County native.
“The knowledge of our staff is second to none and they’ve built up a great relationship with customers down through the years.
“I think we’re more personalised than any other store here. We place a big emphasis on customer service and we’re always competitive when it comes to prices.”
Professional, knowledgeable and friendly, the staff have played a key role in the success of MCK Electrical to date, according to John.
The company’s staff is highly experienced and also receives regular training to ensure they are up-to-speed with the latest technology and industry developments.
Rest assured, the dedicated team at MCK Electrical are on hand to service each and every need of the industry.
Looking towards the coming months, John and the team are very much optimistic for what’s around the corner once restrictions lift fully.
“We’re very, very positive about the coming months,” he said.
“We got through the last lockdown well enough and hopefully we can get through this and continue providing the service to customers we have been for more than 20 years now.”
MCK Electrical wishes to take this opportunity to thank its customers for their continued support and the company looks forward to catering for their electrical and lighting needs for many more years to come.
MCK Electrical Ltd
Togher Industrial Estate, Pouladuff,
Telephone: (0)21 4975201
Email: [email protected] Web: mckelectrical.com
This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, August, Vol 7 No 8