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Company Profile


Gopher Electronics is a regional, industrial Distributor of Electro-Mechanical Components and Sub-Assemblies.  The Company is franchised for approximately 60 World-class manufacturers.

Gopher Electronics’ complete focus is on achieving customer satisfaction by providing
“Distribution & Custom Assembly Solutions”.


Gopher Electronics was incorporated on July 1, 1952 by Eugene M. DeLonais on Minnesota Street in St. Paul, Minnesota.  From Day One, Gene’s vision was the creation of a family-owned industrial electronics distributor.  The Company was successful from the start and continues so due to a steadfast dedication to provide customers the best service in the industry, willingness to inventory and a commitment to conduct business at the highest level of ethical standards.

Gene and his brother Don DeLonais, who served as operations and financial manager, had the vision of applying computer technology to the business of distribution.  As a result, as early as 1966 computers were introduced into the operation of the Company.  This progressive use of systems technology remains a Company strength and legacy to this day.

In 1984, the Company was purchased by Norris Carnes, who continued the strong commitment to superior customer service.  Norris Carnes retired in 2004.  Whit Carnes, Norris’ son, and Gopher’s Employees now own the Company through being 100% Employee-Owned and will thus carry forward the culture of customer service excellence.

In 2005 Gopher became a member of the Source One Alliance, a nationally recognized leader in Integrated Supply Management.  Please contact us today for details on Lean Distribution techniques for Manufacturing.  Gopher has many services which provide solutions to help reduce installed costs at your company.

Thanks for visiting our website and entrusting Gopher Electronics with your Purchase Orders. 







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Quick Facts

  • Years in Business: Since 1952
  • 100% Employee owned
  • DUNS Number: 00-621-9752
  • SIC Code: 5065
  • Business Size: Small
  • Multi Million Dollar Inventory
  • 40,000 square foot warehouse & office building
  • Quality System designed to comply with MIL-I-45208
  • UL Certification for wiring harnesses, file number E121321
  • UL Certification for Repackaged recognized components, file number E174446
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification for Cable & Wire Assemblies
  • Source One Alliance Member: Since 2005