IEWC History

60 Years Electrifying the World

The '60s

January 1962

January 1962

On January 1, 1962, Ted Krzynski purchases Martin Electric Sales, a small wire and cable house located on Water Street in Milwaukee, WI. Ted quickly finds a trusted friend and business partner in Harlan Murray, who becomes the company’s Vice President in March of 1962. Desiring a fresh start, Ted renames the company to Marcam, Inc.

January 1963

In 1963, Ted begins to implement his vision of offering cut-to-length respooling and just-in-time inventory. This focus on customer service and satisfaction helps the company to quickly build success and momentum within the marketplace.

October 1963

With the increasing need for additional office and inventory space, Marcam relocates to 3112 W. Burleigh Street in Milwaukee.
January 1964

January 1964

Ted changes the company’s name from Marcam, Inc. to Industrial Electric Wire & Cable, Inc.
September 1964

September 1964

Industrial Electric Wire & Cable moves to New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA.

The '70s

May 1973

May 1973

Industrial Electric purchases its first forklift –- an Allis Chalmers.

January 1974

Curly Valerio builds a special re-spooling machine named “The Curly.”
December 1974

December 1974

William De Gray, Industrial Electric’s first Purchasing Manager, becomes the company’s first employee to retire.
July 1978

July 1978

Industrial Electric purchases its first office computer.

The '80s

February 1983

Looking to expand beyond its Milwaukee roots, Industrial Electric Wire & Cable opens a sales and distribution center in South Carolina.
October 1985

October 1985

Ted sells Industrial Electric to his employees and creates an employee-owned (ESOP) company.

October 1986

Industrial Electric hires its first Inside Sales Representative.
January 1987

January 1987

Ted Krzynski retires after serving as President & CEO for 25 years. Ted hands the reins over to Chuck Mahaffey, who becomes Industrial Electric’s second President.

December 1988

Following in the footsteps of Ted, Chuck Mahaffey continues the expansion of Industrial Electric’s United States presence with the opening of a sales and distribution center in Ohio.

The '90s

June 1992

Industrial Electric’s expands into Arizona with the opening of a sales and distribution center.

September 1993

After 31 years of service, Harlan Murray retires.
October 1993

October 1993

Industrial Electric Wire & Cable is registered to ISO through Underwriters Laboratory.
April 1998

April 1998

Industrial Electric builds the world’s first fully-automated distribution re-spooling machine –- aptly named “The Mahaffey”.
April 1998

April 1998

Industrial Electric goes live on the World Wide Web at www.iewc.com.

September 1998

An Industrial Electric sales and distribution center is opened in Texas.
January 1999

January 1999

David Nestingen becomes Industrial Electric’s third President.

December 1999

After 27 years of service, Chuck Mahaffey retires.

The '00s

September 2000

September 2000

Industrial Electric moves its corporate headquarters, as well as its U.S. North Central sales office and distribution center, to 5001 S. Towne Drive in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

January 2005

Industrial Electric opens its first international sales and distribution center in Mexico.

October 2005

With the Mexico branch deemed a success, Industrial Electric opens a sales office in Canada.

November 2006

Industrial Electric purchases Colonial Wire & Cable in Sterling, Massachusetts. In addition to a strategically placed sales and distribution center for the U.S. Northeast, Industrial Electric gains an experienced team within the Military and Aerospace markets.

January 2007

Sales teams are restructured, with staff deployed to the following roles: Account Executives, Account Managers and Account Representatives.
April 2007

April 2007

Due to the success of its previous international expansions, Industrial Electric opens a sales and distribution center in China.

July 2007

Industrial Electric acquires Wyro Tech in Quebec, Canada and gains an experienced team and a strategically placed sales and distribution center to serve eastern Canada.
January 2008

January 2008

As Industrial Electric’s international expansion continues, the company purchases Peter Augsten Wire & Cable GmbH in Germany to better serve customers throughout the European Union.

July 2008

Desiring a sales team and distribution center for the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Industrial Electric acquires Control Master Products in California.

February 2009

Industrial Electric purchases C3 Limited in the United Kingdom to expand their footprint within the European Union.

May 2009

Industrial Electric opens a third party logistics distribution center with V-Logic Ltd to serve customers in southern China and Southeast Asia.

The '10s

September 2010

September 2010

It is increasingly clear that Industrial Electric Wire & Cable is becoming a major player in both the domestic and international markets. With the recent addition of wire management products and a custom engineered solutions division known as FABTECH, the company begins showing the desire to spread its wings. Industrial Electric re-brands itself to the acronym IEWC. The new name allows the company to remain true to its heritage, yet reflects the products, services and solutions that will help sustain it into the future.

November 2011

IEWC acquires Distribuidora Anaya Munoz, S.A. de C.V. (DAMSA) in Mexico, gaining a sales staff with a strong knowledge in wire management products.

May 2012

IEWC expands into South America with a sales and distribution center in Brazil.

December 2012

IEWC opens a new office and distribution center in Alberta, Canada to support growing Canadian sales.

January 2013

IEWC acquires Almo Wire & Cable, one of the leading stocking suppliers of marine wire, industrial battery cable and military specialty products in the United States.

January 2014

IEWC acquires Westlake Electronic Supply, Inc. from Rob and Matt Granard. In addition to a new strategic stocking location in the US Northwest, IEWC gains a sales staff with strong experience in Broadcast and Communication.
August 2015

August 2015

IEWC acquires UK-based Premier Cables Limited, a leading distributor of cable and accessories to various building projects, infrastructure, broadcast and communications and alternative energy projects, directly and through wholesalers.

April 2016

IEWC announces the launch of a new distribution facility in El Paso, Texas on April 1, 2016.
April 2018

April 2018

Mike Veum is appointed as IEWC's Chief Executive Officer.

June 2018

IEWC Mexico relocates its Monterrey, Mexico distribution center to a larger facility to increase its overall capacity to serve customers.
August 2019

August 2019

IEWC opens a new distribution facility in Hermosillo on August 1, 2019, increasing IEWC's capacity to service its customers' wire, cable and wire management product needs with increased local inventory and shipping capabilities.

The '20s

October 2020

October 2020

IEWC expands into telecom with power products for contractors with its acquisition of Jupiter Communications in Arizona, USA.
September 2021

September 2021

IEWC acquires Cablcon, fiber and copper custom assembly manufacturer in Detroit, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas, USA.