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our history

Mercer Zimmerman has been a major presence in the lighting industry for over 75 years, and has developed strong relationships with countless customers, from the specification community to the electrical contractors. Our team is made up of a diverse group of sales, quotation, and customer service staff, the most qualified professionals in our market. We put a strong emphasis on family here at Mercer Zimmerman and believe that a cohesive work environment of talented individuals who truly enjoy their work are essential to providing the best possible service to our customers. Good work, like good lighting, shines from the inside out.

1947

Walter and Gladys ZimmermanWalter and Gladys Zimmerman founded the Walter Zimmerman Company working from their home on Murdock Street in Wichita, Kansas. Walter started out representing timers and electrical devices, and gradually grew his business.

1947

1955

Rich Mercer and Walter Zimmerman

Walter hired Rich Mercer, his son-in-law, just out of the U.S. Army. 

1955

1958

Walter & Gladys at Trade Show

The Walter Zimmerman Company started representing their first lighting companies, Keystone and EJS Lighting.

1958

1968

John Williams

Continuing to grow, we added Marco & Devine Lighting to our line card in 1963 followed by Revere Electric and H.E. Williams in 1968.

1968

1969

MZ Original Logo

The company incorporated in 1969 and officially changed the name to Mercer-Zimmerman, Inc.

1969

1975

Jay, Tom, Rich, & Mary Alice Standing Outside Hoel Prkwy office

Walter passed away in 1975 and Rich became president of the company. Subsequently, the headquarters were moved to the Hoel Parkway office.

1975

1998

MZ Staff outside Barton office

Rich and his wife Helen moved the company from their Hoel Parkway office to a 5,800 square foot office building in Overland Park, Kansas with branch offices in Topeka, Wichita, and Springfield.

1998

2003

Dick Coopersmith

Dick Coopersmith sells Coopersmith Lighting to Mercer Zimmerman.

2003

2004

Rich and Helen Mercer Retirement

Rich and Helen retire and sell ownership to Tom Eads and Shon Yust.

2004

2005

President Tom Eads and Vice President Shon Yust continued to grow the company until Tom’s retirement in 2005, when Shon became the sole owner and President of Mercer-Zimmerman.

2005

2011

Mercer Zimmerman moved representation from Hubbell Lighting to Cooper Lighting Solutions.

2011

2018

Mercer Zimmerman Headquarters

Corporate headquarters is built in Overland Park, KS, just down the street from the previous building.

2018

2021

Mercer Zimmerman acquires AES Lighting and expands market territories into Nebraska and Iowa.

2021