Thomas Edison had a bright idea, but it was The Okonite Company that prevented it from being too shocking. Okonite was one of the first US makers of insulated electrical wire and cable. Early customers included not only Edison but also telegraphy pioneer Samuel Morse. Still a leader in the insulated electric wire and cable industry, Okonite specializes in control, distribution, instrumentation, power, signal, communication transmission, and special purpose wire and cable products for high and low voltage needs. The company supplies its products to chemical plants, electric utilities, paper mills, railroads, refineries, and other industries. Okonite was founded in 1878, and has been employee-owned since 1976.
The company is rollin' out the cable from its six manufacturing plants across the US. It also operates six service centers, a research and engineering laboratory, as well as an international division. The company recently opened a new cable flame test facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 2009 Okonite opened a new facility in Kansas, complete with a sales division, to serve the railroad industry. The plant will be expanded to include residential cable operations as the housing market improves. The company's South Carolina capacity was bumped up by 70%. Additionally, Okonite expanded and modernized its facilities in California, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington.
The company makes its products, including its branded Okonite Okoguard all EPR (ethylene propylene rubber) insulation system using laminated polypropylene paper, thermosetting, and thermoplastic insulation and jacketing compounds. It also offers metallic and non-metallic coverings for use in different environments. – less