Southwire Celebrates 70 Years

April 13, 2020

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

This year, Southwire celebrates 70 years of successful business, quality and service. From their humble beginnings, they 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. Southwire have also expanded the products they make – staying strong in their core business, but integrating the needs of their 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, they have become a widely recognized manufacturer 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 their core tenets: Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth. Through these tenets, they 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 Southwire can express their gratitude to everyone who has helped their company grow. So, Southwire say ‘thank you’ – to their customers, partners, employees and more. You are the ones to whom they owe their success, and today, a deep and genuine message of gratitude goes out to all of you. Southwire look forward to all the incredible things that you and they will do together in the next 70 years and beyond.


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