NORTHWIRE, a LEMO Group Company Celebrates Golden Anniversary
NORTHWIRE, the manufacturer of cables "made by LEMO", celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Ormund Kravik founded NORTHWIRE in 1972 in Osceola, Wisconsin. The company's name and its logo (a compass) are a tribute to the founder's native country, Norway.
During its first years, the family business created and produced low voltage cords for the US market. As of the nineties, NORTHWIRE established itself as a recognised brand in complex cables for the machine business, factory, and process automation, mainly for industrial, aerospace, defence, and energy applications. With growing specialisation and complexity, NORTHWIRE entered the medical market with power and data cables for the diagnostic industry.
The next important step came in 2014, when, from the other side of the Atlantic, Swiss company LEMO, in search of high-end cables for its high-precision connectors, approached Northwire, to discuss a possible acquisition. The alignment of the two family businesses was approved, and the US brand joined the Swiss group’s three other brands – LEMO, REDEL, and COELVER.
Since 2019, NORTHWIRE and LEMO USA have had one common director, Farhad Kashani. The development of synergies between the two companies and of complete interconnect solutions for the Group’s customers is ongoing.
LEMO has been investing in production equipment for increased capacity and capability. Established in Osceola, Wisconsin, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico, NORTHWIRE’s staff has grown to 250.