Industry News

In this section, WCMA will report announcements and news events that we receive from our Members, as well as from qualified industry sources. Our Industry News content will concentrate on key commercial events, such as confirmed merger and acquisition activity, new start-ups and firms, and Executive changes and appointments. Contact Ed Fenton, WCMA Executive Advisor at 860-841-7720 or to provide the appropriate information.


WCMA strongly suggests that our Members also contact the recognized industry trade publications, such as those listed in our Member Resources, Industry Organizations section. Although not communicated on our site, new product announcements and technical articles may be publicized through these other industry resources.

  • March 17th, 2018

    Mexichem Acquires Sylvan

    Mexichem, along with the former shareholders of Sylvin Technologies, a US-based manufacturer of flexible and semi-rigid vinyl and vinyl alloy compounds, aannounced the sale of Sylvin shares to Mexichem. Founded in 1978 and operating from Denver, Pennsylvania (USA), Sylvin services a broad range of industries including wire & cable, construction, automotive, general purpose and consumer goods. Sylvin joins the Mexichem… Read More

  • February 10th, 2018

    IWCS Adds Corning's Gimblet to Board

    Michael J. Gimblet, Global Technology Manager – Connector Development, joined the IWCS Symposium Commitee.At Corning, Gimblet is responsible for Corning Optical Communications’ Global Connector Process Development group that serves customers in the enterprise, carrier and wireless networks around the world.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.His career began in 1993 as a Development Engineer… Read More

  • January 26th, 2018

    Canny Succeeds Hennessy

    Joe Hennessy, President of Harbour Industries will retire effective March 31st, 2018.  With his retirement, Joe concludes a distinguished 37 year career in the wire and cable industry most recently as President of Harbour Industries.   He will turn over day to day responsibility to Robert (Bob) Canny, President of Harbour Industries (USA).On behalf of Harbour's parent company,  Marmon EWC, Joe… Read More

  • December 6th, 2017

    Comtran Hires VP of Operations, Expands Sales Department

    Comtran Cable, Attleboro, MA, adds Newcomb, Ortolano, and Ambrose in operations and sales.Tom Newcomb, named VP of Operations, has 30 years of experience, most recently at Molex and General Cable, and he spent 7 prior years at Comtran as Plant Manager.Tom Ortolano joined Comtran in October as VP of Sales, responsible for leading the Comtran sales team, developing business opportunities,… Read More

  • November 29th, 2017

    Direct Wire & Cable, CEO Witwer, Breaks Ground for Expansion

    Direct Wire & Cable, Inc. has announced a company expansion, including a 10,000 square foot addition to its existing manufacturing facility as well as the addition of a new facility, also located in Denver, PA.   Richard (Dick) Witwer, CEO, and Eric Laubach, President run this manufacturer of copper power, welding, and industrial cables and assemblies. Click here for more details Read More

  • November 21st, 2017

    Exec News -M Dew Joins FSP 1

    Marty Dew has been retained by FSP-One, a unit of Groupe Thermo Technologies, as a Senior Advisor reporting to the President, Philippe Jeanpetit.   FSP-One, based in France, produces specialty copper and copper alloy high performance wires and operates a stocking sales operation in Franklin, MA. Dew is former President of International Wire, High Performance Conductors and a past receipient of the WCMA Distinguished Career Award. Read More

  • November 21st, 2017

    Breen Acquired by Arsenal

    Breen Color Concentrates, LLC, Lambertville, NJ, has been acquired by Arsenal Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial and healthcare companies.  In addition, Arsenal acquired Carolina Color, Salisbury, NC, a producer of specialty color and additive concentrates, putting five manufacturing facilities under one ownership.Current management of both companies remains in place according to Arsenal which… Read More