Panduit Milestones

1950-01-01 00:00:00


Jack Caveney identifies the need for a better wire management solution within control panels and revolutionizes the industry by inventing wiring duct. Trade named Pan-Duct, this product makes it faster and easier to build control panels, improving both productivity and reliability for original equipment manufacturers. GE is Jack's first customer. Ingenuity is a core component of the Panduit DNA - From the beginning, Jack took an outside/in empathic design approach to product management. He made every effort to place himself in each customer’s situation, with empathy for their unique experience. This allowed him to address customer needs and gain a deeper understanding of the applications our products go into. This deep applications research method remains to this day a key factor in the Panduit approach.

1955-06-01 00:00:00

Panduit Corp.

Panduit Corp. (combination of the words PANel + conDUIT) is founded. Jack instills the objective of the customer being first into the Panduit corporate culture, always pursuing improved, faster and cost effective ways to enhance the quality of our customers' experience.

1956-06-01 00:00:00

Midlothian, Illinois

Production is moved out of our founder Jack Caveney's basement in Chicago, Illinois to our first factory in Midlothian, Illinois.

1958-08-01 00:00:00

CSA Safety Product Approval

In recognition of our high quality products, Panduit achieves the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) safety product approval for wire duct and future products.

1959-08-01 00:00:00

First Patent

Jack Caveney is awarded the patent for Pan-Duct.

1960-01-01 00:00:00


Panduit is one of the earliest innovators of plastic cable ties (one-piece and two-piece styles). These products have superior performance capabilities that include a lower threading force than the competitions', which improves installers' productivity. Panduit achieves dominant market share with OEMs with this labor-saving feature.

1960-01-02 00:00:00

First Cable Tie

The first cable tie, trade named LOK-Strap, part number SST1, is produced. The design is enhanced by expanding the number of sizes and styles, and the name changes to Sta-Strap.

1960-08-01 00:00:00

Tinley Park Facility

The Tinley Park, Illinois, facility is built to support rapid expansion. An aggressive approach to development is taken with the purchase of 50 acres of property, demonstrating a strong belief in Panduit capabilities. This land purchase enables Panduit to grow office and manufacturing facilities at this site to over 1,000,000 sq. ft. from the original 5000 sq. ft.

1962-08-01 00:00:00

Cable Tie Installation Tools

Cable tie installation tools are introduced to speed installation and to reduce customers' total installed costs. The ergonomically designed GS2B Cable Tie Hand Tool is the first tension-controlled installation cable tie tool. The unique installation tool design enables installers to bundle cables dramatically faster while achieving consistent tensioning of the steel cable tie and flush cut off. This results in faster, safer, high quality and more reliable installations independent of the installer.

1965-08-01 00:00:00

U.S. Military Specifications

To ensure quality, Panduit manufactures applicable terminals, cable tie products and accessories to U.S. Military specifications, which at the time set the standard for the product. Since then, Panduit has been an active participant of the committees that help determine the U.S. Military specifications for many of the wiring harness component products.

1965-08-02 00:00:00


The business decision is made to sell exclusively through distribution to serve OEMs, end users, maintenance and repair operations (MRO), and construction markets for bundling, routing, and protecting and terminating cables.

1969-08-01 00:00:00

Cable Tie Mount

The cable tie mount is introduced to position and secure cable bundles, expanding the Panduit wiring installation solution, while further reducing total installation labor for Panduit customers.

1970-01-01 00:00:00

Local and International Expansion

To accommodate the growing business needs outside the U.S., Panduit expands operations with warehouse and sales locations in Canada, Germany and Japan.

1970-08-01 00:00:00

International Quality Recognition

Panduit adopts the German product safety compliance standards of the Verband der Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik (VDE) Institute.

1972-08-01 00:00:00

Bad Homburg, Germany

Panduit joins a global team of professionals and supports the development of the DIN standard connector. As a result, Panduit builds a factory in Bad Homburg, Germany (a suburb of Frankfurt) to manufacture electronic connectors to the DIN standards.

1973-01-01 00:00:00

Customer Service

Since 1973 Panduit has a very large customer service department to provide quality service to our customers with highly trained and certified customer service representatives.

1974-08-01 00:00:00

Underwriters' Laboratories (UL)

Cable ties are the first of many Panduit products to obtain Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) approval for safety compliance.

1974-09-01 00:00:00


Japan Sales office opens. The Panduit Japan Team implements a customer-first, total quality philosophy that helps shape the company's future as a market leader.

1975-08-01 00:00:00

Fully Automatic Cable Tie Tool

The PAT1M is the first fully automatic cable installation tie tool. It provides controlled tension cable tie installation in 0.8 seconds, making it the perfect solution for large OEMs to dramatically reduce installation labor while achieving high quality installation of cable ties on wiring harnesses.

1978-08-01 00:00:00

New Lenox, Illinois

Panduit constructs the Terminal Division in New Lenox, Illinois to accommodate the growing wire terminal product line.

1979-01-01 00:00:00

Cumming, Georgia

Panduit builds a factory in Cumming, Georgia to add capacity for the production of wire identification products and accessories.

1979-08-01 00:00:00

Romeoville, Illinois

The Tool Division is built in Romeoville, Illinois to accommodate the expanding cable tie, terminal, and wiring duct installation tool product lines.

1980-01-01 00:00:00

Research and Development

Panduit invests in a formal Research and Development (R&D) team and a dedicated R&D facility to support expanding product lines and customer needs. Panduit invests on average 8% to 9% of annual sales in R&D activities.

1980-01-02 00:00:00

Burr Ridge, Illinois

The electronic connector division in Burr Ridge, Illinois is built. Rack and cable management products are now manufactured in this facility.

1981-08-01 00:00:00

Harness Making Business

Panduit enters the harness making business and receives a Supplier of the Year award from Dell Computers. With the evolution of circuit boards, Panduit sells the harness making business. The company applies its expertise from harness making in the manufacturing of copper and fiber optic patch cords.

1982-01-01 00:00:00

Corporate Quality

Panduit establishes a corporate quality function reporting directly to the Office of the President.

1982-08-01 00:00:00

Expansion to Singapore

Singapore manufacturing facility and warehouse is completed to manufacture cable ties for Asia Pacific customers.

1984-08-01 00:00:00

NRC: 10 CFR 50 Federal Standards

Panduit manufactures all products under a quality system defined in the Federal Standards for products used in nuclear facilities -the strictest of all quality systems at the time.

1985-08-01 00:00:00

Reel Smart Terminals

Reel Smart terminals are introduced, and the reel-fed design greatly speeds the installation of insulated terminals in the manufacturing of wire harnesses. Unique applicators are a part of the Reel Smart Solution. This applicator's quick-change feature greatly increases productivity wiring harness companies.

1985-12-01 00:00:00

Ball Lock Stainless Steel Cable Ties

Ball lock stainless steel cable ties are introduced for extreme harsh environment applications. This revolutionary product and associated installation tooling enables installers to bundle cables dramatically faster while achieving consistent tensioning of the steel cable tie and flush cut off. This results in faster, safer, high quality and more reliable installations independent of the installer.

1989-08-01 00:00:00

Network Connectivity Group

Panduit establishes the Network Connectivity Group, with a team of engineers focused exclusively on products to accommodate the growing need for network connectivity solutions.

1989-08-02 00:00:00

Lockport, Illinois

Lockport, Illinois facility is built to manufacture cable routing (wiring duct and surface raceway) and communications products.

1989-08-03 00:00:00

Largest Fiber Installation

Panduit is the network infrastructure provider for the largest fiber communication network (150 mB ATM) in an enterprise (Sprint Campus in Kansas City, Missouri).

1989-08-04 00:00:00

X Bar, No R

Panduit adopts a continual improvement philosophy based on the teaching of Joseph Juran and develops the quality promise, X bar, no R, which reduces the variability around the performance target over time. This approach to quality empowers employees to drive customer loyalty.

1990-01-01 00:00:00

Global Solutions

Leveraging the expertise and synergies from the harness making business, Panduit enters into network connectivity. During the 1990s, there is rapid expansion of Data Communication products with new products launching every month. Panduit manufactures copper and fiber optic connectivity and patch panels, and expands into racks, cabinets, and cable management products.

1990-02-01 00:00:00

ISO Certification

Panduit is the first connector manufacturer in the USA to receive the ISO certification. Panduit adopts the ISO 9000 global quality standard, assuring product quality without requiring customers to contract for third-party certification of Panduit products.

1990-02-02 00:00:00

European Union Safety Conformance Directive

Panduit implements CE Marking: European Union Safety Conformance Directive for applicable products.

1990-03-01 00:00:00

Six Sigma

Panduit implements a customized Six Sigma process, a data-driven, decision-making method that enables employees to identify solutions to complex problems.

1994-01-01 00:00:00

Fiber Systems

Panduit introduces fiber connectors and accessories to address longer length and higher data transmission rates, which are critical for data center applications.

1994-01-01 00:00:00

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Graybar is the first distributor partner to roll out the Panduit Vendor Managed Inventory System across the United States.

1996-01-01 00:00:00

Expansion to China

Wuxi, China warehouse is built to serve the growing China marketplace.

1996-08-01 00:00:00

Expansion to Costa Rica

Costa Rica facility is built to expand production of the identification products.

1997-01-01 00:00:00

Network Systems Division

Network Systems Division is established in Orland Park, Illinois to produce patch cords, modular jacks, and other network system product lines in the rapidly expanding Panduit Network Systems Business.

1997-12-01 00:00:00

IBM Partnership

IBM and Panduit partner to solve evolving customer data center fiber and copper performance requirements globally. Panduit brings its connectivity solution to IBM customers to increase performance.

1998-01-01 00:00:00

Expansion to Dekalb, Illinois

Panduit builds a 400,000 square foot global distribution center in DeKalb, Illinois using leading- edge material handling technology to enable Panduit to continue to provide world-class service and meet growing global demand for Panduit products.

1999-08-01 00:00:00

Telecommunication Racks

Telecommunication Racks are introduced and production begins in Burr Ridge, Illinois in response to the Panduit rapidly expanding Data Center network business.

1999-12-01 00:00:00

Cisco and Panduit Collaborate

Cisco Systems selects Panduit as their infrastructure provider of choice and collaborates on designing new infrastructure solutions. This collaboration has evolved into Panduit becoming a preferred Cisco partner.

1999-12-01 00:00:00

PanPro VMI 1.0

Panduit develops PanPro, an automated supply chain optimization system that significantly reduces the operational costs for distributor partners while greatly enhancing Panduit and participating distributors' abilities to provide world-class service to the end customer.

1999-12-02 00:00:00

Cisco Chooses Panduit

Cisco Systems selects Panduit as their infrastructure provider of choice and collaborates on designing new infrastructure solutions.

2000-01-01 00:00:00


As networks begin to converge, the need to optimize the physical infrastructure to the logical layer becomes critical to drive high-performing networks. As a result, leading technology companies such as Cisco, EMC, IBM and Rockwell Automation look to Panduit for its expertise in the physical infrastructure.

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