Our History
The Okonite Company 1878 – 2017 … And Beyond

Thomas A.Edison

Samuel F.B Morse

1878

The Okonite Company was founded in 1878 making it one of the original insulators of electrical wire and cable in the United States.

Earliest customers included Samuel F.B. Morse for his telegraph network and Thomas A. Edison for the Pearl Street Generating Station, the nation’s first, built in New York City in 1882 using Okonite cable.

 

The original Passaic Plant

 

1900-1920

Industrial Railroad Signal Cable

Okonite officers a strategy meeting 1905

Passaic R&D lab 1910

 

The Paterson Plant as it looked in the 1920's

Okonite Basketball team 1930's

One of the many ads form this era

 

1940-1960

An Army-Navy award is presented at our Wilkes-Barre plant in 1943

Announcing the opening of our North Brunswick Plant for 1957

Passaic headquarters in 1946

Installing the Puget Sound cable and the Life cover

 

Okonite received the Century Award from PSE&G in 1978

Groundbreaking Santa Maria Plant in 1967

1960-1980

Funding for Okonite’s start of the ESOT, presented to Victor Viggiano, Okonite’s President by Congressman Robert A. Roe on June 30, 1976

Okoguard EPR Insulation was first introduced in 1967

Okonite supplied all the shipboard cables for the largest peacetime construction of naval vessels

 

1980-2000

Okonite received the prestigious quality award in 1985

Groundbreaking at Orangeburg facility in 1991

The Statue of Liberty is powered by Okonite Submarine Cable

Okonite reached a milestone in 1997 when we were Certified ISO Compliant

The Orangeburg facility 1993

 

2000-Present

Years of Expansion

Richmond, KY

Paterson, NJ

Santa Maria, CA

Orangeburg, SC

Cumberland, RI

 

Kansas City, KAPittsburgh, PAHouston, TX

Portland, OR New Orleans, LA

 
 

One World Trade Center

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