Electrical Business

Southwire celebrates its 70th anniversary

March 27, 2020  By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk

Photo: Southwire

On March 23, 2020, Southwire celebrated its 70th anniversary. The company, founded March 23, 1950 by Roy Richards Sr., started making wire and cable with just 12 employees and three machines.

Today, the company has approximately 7,500 employees in over 40 U.S. cities and seven countries around the world. Southwire has also expanded its product offering by integrating the needs of its customers to provide complete solutions, including wire, cable, tools, components and assembled solutions.

The company was launched when Roy Richards Sr. got the idea to bring electric light to his grandmother’s home in Carroll County, Ga. Within the next two years, Southwire shipped five million pounds of wire and cable and doubled its plant size.

To this day, the company remains family-owned through the ownership of his children and grandchildren. Southwire aims to stay generationally sustainable through its core tenets, which are Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.


“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”, said the company in a press release.

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