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Allied Wire & Cable celebrates 25 years as a family business

Allied Wire & Cable, which was started in a basement by three brothers and a friend in 1988, this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, noting that the family-owned business's success stems from  its emphasis on "common sense" over "dollars and cents."

A press release said that Allied Wire & Cable, founded by Tim Flynn, along with his brothers Dan and Mike, and a friend, Chris Burke, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, began as a home-grown company where the owners made sales calls, ordered materials, re-spooled wire by hand, packed and shipped the products themselves. Today, it noted, all four are still active in the U.S. company, which is now based in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with locations across the country, sales and stocking locations in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Florida, Wisconsin and Nevada, and customers around the world.

The company is a specialty manufacturer, offering custom cable and value-added services (striping, dyeing, printing, tape jacketing, braiding, twisting, cut and strip, etc.), a company spokesperson said, adding that it also manufactures M27500, M55021, M27072, and STJ cable on site. It began value-added manufacturing in 1990, and today supplies wire and cable from companies such as Belden, Alpha, General/Carol, Lapp USA, Harbour, Rowe, Quabbin, HellermannTyton, Sumitomo, Southwire, Lake, RSCC, Lutron, SAB, among others.

The business has remained a family enterprise, led by co-presidents Tim and Dan, who were finalists in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program for the Philadelphia area. The spokesperson noted that the business recently participated in an Aerospace & Defense Trade Mission to Turkey as part of an elite group selected by the U.S. government.

"We started this company in our parents' basement with no money, but a lot of optimism," said Tim Flynn. "Now we are well over a $100 million dollar company with multiple locations and close to 200 people working with us. It has been an exciting ride and it isn't over yet. Can't wait to see what the next 25 years brings us."

Allied Wire & Cable (awcwire.com) plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a year-long schedule of interactive activities and promotions. "Thanks to hard work and dedication to customer service, Allied weathered the challenges of creating a business from modest beginnings and overcoming tough economic times to become one of the fastest growing wire and cable companies in the U.S.," the release said.

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