History

Since 1930, Superior Essex has forged a path by meeting wire and cable requirements for the automotive, industrial, commercial and residential, energy and communications markets.

Today, we continue to expand our product portfolio globally, with new innovations and manufacturing throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Thanks to strategic acquisitions centering on future-forward communications technology development and product sustainability, Superior Essex Communications has positioned itself as the industry leader in communications cable product innovation, design and manufacturing.

Early Years — 1930s & 1940s

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1930 / 1936 / 1942 / 1945 / 1948
Early Years
1930s & 1940s
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Undaunted by the financial crisis and Great Depression, Addison E. Holton, then director of Anaconda Wire and Cable, put together a consortium of partners -- called Essex Wire Corporation -- and acquired the Ford Motor Company wire assemble operations. The company incorporated on Feb. 15, 1930 and employed 700 workers. 

Change & Growth — 1950s & 1960s

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1954 / 1959 / 1965 / 1965-66 / 1966 / 1967-69
Change & Growth
1950s & 1960s
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Superior Cable founded
in Hickory, North Carolina

Mergers & Market Shifts — 1970s & 1980s

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1974 / 1976 / 1977 / 1982 / 1984, 1988
Mergers & Market Shifts
1970s & 1980s
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From 1970 to 1974 there were numerous merger talks that fell through regarding the acquisition of Essex, until one came to pass. 

In one of his last acts as CEO, O'Malley completed the merger of Essex with United Aircraft Corporation of East Hartford, Conn., making the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. 

New Opportunities — 1990s

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1990 / 1991-92 / 1996 / 1997 / 1999
New Opportunities
1990s
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The early 90s was a period of recognition for the brand as it was awarded a Mark of Excellence from General Motors as well as ISO 9000 and QS 9000 world-wide quality certifications. 

The culture of the company moved quickly into the computer age, increased attention to employee work-life balance, as well as encouraging community service. It looked to reduce cost and increase capacity for future growth. 

Innovation — 2000s to Today

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2008 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2015 / 2020
Innovation
2000s to Today
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LS Cable acquires Superior Essex

Racing — 1960s to Today

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1965 / 1966 / 1998 / 2018 / 2019 / 2019
Racing
1960s to Today
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In 1965, Essex sponsored the Ford Racing Team giving the brand a chance to showcase its largest customer as well as its magnet wire technology. 

The result was a very successful partnership as the team finished fourth in the US Road Racing Championship circuit. The car, known affectionately as "Ollie the Dragon," got its nickname is it regularly shot fire from out of the hoodscoop.

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