Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackon, MS, a subsidiary of Sonepar USA, signed an agreement to become the authorized AllenBradley distributor for the Columbus and Meridian, MS, markets effective March 31, 2007. Irby will establish two new locations as full-line commercial and industrial branches to complement their existing Mississippi footprint.   ; Irby is the authorized distributor in Tupelo, Jackson, Hattiesburg, McComb and Pascagoula, Mississippi. Irby also has 12 additional locations in six additional states authorized by Rockwell Automation providing AllenBradley products and services.   ; “We are especially excited about the prospect of increasing our overall industrial and commercial/contractor presence in our home state, said President Michael C. Wigton.   ; Sonepar is a privately owned company with headquarters located in Paris, France. With operations in 29 countries across four continents, the group's 25,000 employees and 1,330 branches will generate 2006 sales exceeding $12 billion.   ; Related Links: Stuart C. Irby Acquires Companies in North Central   ; More Breaking News"