Belden Inc. Company History

For more than 100 years, Belden has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of insulated wire, cable and related products. Since then, Belden has transformed itself from a cable company to a signal transmission solutions provider with a complete product portfolio including cable, connectivity and networking products.

  • 1900s

  • 1910s

  • 1920s

  • 1940s

  • 1980s

  • 1990s

  • 2000s

  • 2010s

1900s
1902
1902

The company is founded by Joseph C. Belden in Chicago, Illinois.

1905
1905

The first major breakthrough for Belden occurs in 1905 when, after much experimental work, "Beldenamel" insulation is created. This flexible enamel insulation would provide the foundation for Belden's early success.

1910s
1910
1910

Belden moves to larger quarters in Chicago and adds rubber insulated wire to its product line.

1920s
1927
1927

The invention of the soft rubber plug by a Belden engineer leads to further expansion.

1928
1928

A new plant, designed especially for manufacturing electrical wire, opens its doors in Richmond, Indiana.

1940s
1941-1960
1941 - 1960

During World War II, and the decade and a half of growth that follows, a number of buildings are added to the Richmond Plant to allow for expansion. Wire mill operations are transferred from Chicago to Richmond to make the Richmond plant completely independent and self-sufficient. At nearly 700,000 square feet, this would be Belden's largest manufacturing facility for more than 70 years.

1942
1942

Belden shifts its manufacturing to exclusive support of the war effort. Its products are used in tanks, airplanes, mobile radios, submarines, ships, jeeps and a variety of other military machinery.

1945-1980
1945 - 1980

After World War II, Belden begins to establish its clear leadership in wire and cable technology through research, engineering, and product development. The company becomes one of the first wire producers to apply plastic insulations to wire and cable and seeks out market niches that require sophisticated and high quality products, adding value in insulation, cabling, shielding and jacketing.

1980s
1980
1980

The Company moves to its new headquarters located south of Richmond, Indiana. Belden merges with Crouse-Hinds Company, a highly regarded manufacturer of electrical products located in Syracuse, New York.

1981
1981

Cooper Industries, headquartered in Houston, Texas, acquires the combined entity of Belden and Crouse-Hinds.

1990s
1993-2003
1993 - 2003

Belden once again becomes an independent publicly held entity, establishing corporate offices in St. Louis, Missouri.

Belden pursues a growth strategy. Through acquisitions and organic growth, Belden's revenues grow from under $400 million in 1993 to more than $1.1 billion in 2000.

2000s
2004
2004

Belden merges with Cable Design Technologies Corporation (CDT). CDT was incorporated on May 18, 1988 with its headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some of its operating companies, however, were more than 100 years old. In 1985, CDT's predecessor company, Intercole, Inc., a Company traded on the American Stock Exchange, was acquired by the Northern Group, which subsequently took it private. In 1988, the Company underwent a recapitalization pursuant to which Golder, Thoma, Cressey Fund II purchased a controlling interest in the Company, with the Northern Group retaining a smaller interest. From 1988 to 2004, acquisitions were an important part of CDT's growth strategy.

2005
2005

John Stroup is named President and CEO.

2007
2007

Belden acquires leading industrial networking brand, Hirschmann, to expand its product portfolio of industrial automation and networking systems.

Belden acquires Lumberg Automation, maker of connectors for the industrial automation space, completing its end-to-end industrial Ethernet product offering.

2009
2009

Telecast Fiber Systems, a major player in the broadcast industry, joins the Belden family of brands.

2010s
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2010

Belden acquires industrial networking products manufacturer, GarrettCom, to complement the networking product portfolio.

Belden purchases Thomas & Betts Corporation's communications products business, expanding Belden's coax connectivity solutions offerings.

2011
2011

Belden expands its presence in South America with the acquisition of Poliron, a leading Brazilian cable company

Belden acquires SCADA, a security solutions provider, and Byres Security, makers of the Tofino brand industrial security solutions.

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2012

Belden acquires Miranda Technologies, a worldwide provider of hardware and software solutions for the broadcast television, cable, satellite and IPTV industries. PPC, a leading developer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions for the broadband service provider market, joins the Belden family.

Belden Collaboration Center
2013

Belden opens its new Customer Collaboration Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Collaboration Center gives customers the opportunity to interact with products and build a customized solution to meet their specific needs.

Belden introduces its one-of-a-kind Certified Industrial Network Program to certify entire industrial networks, providing peace-of-mind and minimizing downtime through enhanced warranties and dedicated customer support.

Miranda adds Telecast Fiber Systems to its product line, combining the two brands.

2014
2014

Belden acquires Grass Valley, an industry leading manufacturer of innovative end-to-end broadcast solutions that empower creativity and simplify the way content is produced and delivered across multiple platforms.

2015
2015

Belden acquires Tripwire, a leading provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions that enable enterprises, service providers and government agencies to confidently detect, prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats.

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2018

Belden acquires Snell Advanced Media Limited, a UK based broadcast solutions company that is subsequently integrated into Belden’s Grass Valley operations.

Belden acquires fiber provider, Net-Tech Technology (NT2), adding a range of innovative optical passive process to supplement PPC’s fiber business.

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2019

Belden acquires Opterna, an international fiber optics solutions business that is managed alongside PPC Broadband