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March 27, 2020

CEW Southwire 70 400As part of their 70 year celebration, Southwire released this article and a video on the company's history:

On March 23, 1950 Southwire was founded by Roy Richards Sr. Our organization, which would revolutionize the industry, started making wire and cable with just 12 employees and three machines.

Today, we celebrate 70 years of successful business, quality and service. From our humble beginnings, we have grown from 12 to approximately 7,500 employees and a footprint that has maintained its roots but grown into an internationally recognized organization with employees located in more than 40 cities in the United States and seven countries around the world. We have also expanded the products we make – staying strong in our core business, but integrating the needs of our customers to provide complete solutions that include wire, cable, tools, components and assembled solutions.

Roy Richards Sr.’s dream began with a purpose to bring electric light to his grandmother’s home in Carroll County, Ga. After launching operations in 1950, Southwire shipped 5 million pounds of wire and cable and doubled its plant size in just two years. Since then, we have become one of the leading manufacturers of wire and cable used in the transmission and distribution of electricity and deliver power to millions of people around the world.

Richards’s extraordinary vision laid the foundation of quality, service and innovation for years to come, and his legacy lives on, as the company remains family-owned through the ownership of his children and grandchildren. Southwire prides itself in its efforts to stay generationally sustainable through our core tenets: Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth. Through these tenets, we continue to improve our business in a multitude of ways year after year.

Today is a day of celebration for seven decades of Southwire, but, more importantly, it is a day that we can express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our company grow. So, thank you – to our customers, partners, employees and more. You are the ones to whom we owe our success, and today, a deep and genuine message of gratitude goes out to all of you. We look forward to all the incredible things that we will do together in the next 70 years and beyond.

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Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

This June, Canadians will commemorate Electrical Safety Month; June also marks the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown. For many Canadians, working from home has become the new normal. As confinement continues, the demand for constant power feed to connect to the world we now live, work, and play in at home has grown substantially. Homes are being equipped with new technologies that offer plenty of benefits, but they also place high demand on electrical systems at home, potentially causing serious safety risks. 

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Building Permits - MarchThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 13.2% to $7.4 billion in March, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories. The $1.1 billion national decrease was the largest since August 2014. This reflected notable drops in Ontario (-12.9%), Quebec (-18.1%) and British Columbia (-19.4%), which coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 Value of residential permits down

The total value of residential permits decreased 13.1% to $4.6 billion in March.

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Harold HayesHarold Hayes, a stalwart of the electrical industry, passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 90 on May 9, 2020.

Harold joined the industry as an apprentice at age 18, working first for his father’s business, Power Cable Installations, and then for Comstock. Among his later accomplishments, he formed Federal Pioneer Electric’s electric heating division, served as president of the Ontario Electric League in 1985, and while in his 80s consulted for Intellimeter Canada Inc.

 

 

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