Southco holds the key that unlocks the global access solutions market. A subsidiary of South Chester Tube Co., Southco manufactures and distributes engineered access control hardware for automotive, computer, HVAC, industrial machinery, marine, mass transit, medical, military, RV, and telecom applications. Its products include cam locks, captive fasteners, drive rivets, handles and pulls, hinges, and latches, as well as electronic access products, such as key systems and readers. All told the company offers some 25,000 standardized and 50,000 customized products. Southco has a global network of distributors in more than 30 countries. Outside North America, Southco has operations in Asia/Pacific and Europe.
Even with the depressing economic news, Southco continues with its plan to balance its operations worldwide, while continuing to build on its headquarters in Pennsylvania; the company spent several million dollars to upgrade facilities in Concordville. It installed new manufacturing equipment to accommodate for the consolidation of the New Jersey injection molding operations, which were relocated to Pennsylvania in 2008.
Southco is also expanding its operations, both domestically and internationally, primarily through acquisitions. Most of its growth to date has occurred in China where it has established distribution and manufacturing facilities. The company has also expanded its operations to other parts of the world, including Sweden, where its Mobella subsidiary (marine locks, latches, and accessories) is located, and Stuttgart, Germany, which is home to its automotive engineering facility.
Through additional acquisitions Southco has built on its marine product offerings, as well as its lock mechanism and hinge making capabilities, and products for medical applications. Because of the gradual shift of its customer base, Southco has shut down some of its US operations and moved them to China.
Southco was founded as South Chester Tube Company in 1899 as a specialty pipe manufacturer to serve the rapidly growing Pennsylvania oil industry. It was reorganized as Southco in 1945, and commenced making specialty fastener devices. – less