Mueller Electric has recently announced acquiring Elcor, Inc., to be incorporated as the Elcor division of Mueller Electric, which will allow Mueller Electric to expand its line of factory automation and instrumentation cables as well as electric and electronic component offerings to new and current customers in U.S. and overseas. This new alliance will result in even better capabilities, line offerings and more production while strengthening quality, service and value for clients of both companies.
Mueller Electric is presently involved in expanding a line of instrumentation cables for new and existing clients, specifically factory automation cables, as part of the multi-million-dollar demand for plant managers to upgrade manufacturing equipment in order increase efficiency and production. Because Elcor specializes in creating custom overmolded orders and has the corresponding equipment, the alliance will now allow even greater expanded capabilities for factory automation needs.
Mueller Electric, long-time manufacturer of quality electric and electronic components since 1908, is known as the inventor of the alligator clip. With headquarters based in Akron, Ohio and global locations in England and China, Mueller Electric has come a long way since its beginning and is now a major player in the electronics industry with 2500 high-quality parts and numerous product lines. Mueller Electric sells parts to consumers and more than 50 electronic distributors including Digi-Key, Allied, Mouser, RS Components, Farnell, and Arrow Electronics to name a few.
Elcor, Inc., an Elyria-based electronics company in business for more than 50 years, creates and manufactures custom injection-molded parts, cable assemblies, power cords, cord sets, wiring harnesses and sub-assemblies. Elcor is known for their slogan, “making the quality connection with Elcor,” and for “delivering more value in the service and reliability given to businesses.” The company owns a large base of tooling and supplies for cost-efficient production. One of Elcor’s major strengths include the company’s level of involvement with injection- over molded parts, specifically by minimizing cost, constructing molds, selecting materials and assuring quality.
The union of these two companies promises endless benefits for potential and opportunity. Elcor and Mueller Electric share common values that will strengthen and accelerate the partnership and will quickly pair Elcor’s diverse tooling and skills in creating molds with solutions for Mueller Electric’s distributors that have a demand for molding and overmolding capabilities.
“The synergies between the two companies were just right,” says Cliff Prosek, President of Mueller Electric, “both Mueller and Elcor have the same philosophies regarding quality, service and value. We were looking to do business with a partner who specializes in molding and overmolding techniques and be able to expand our instrumentation offering for both OEM and custom-made orders,” explains Prosek. “Then I found out the owners were looking to retire. The timing was right for us to come together to be able to offer even more parts and product lines for our customer base. I’m really enthusiastic to work with Elcor and learn from their own developed, high class of standards for quality, safety and customer retention. Combined with what we do, this partnership will prove to be very positive and beneficial and will only allow Mueller Electric to grow and expand as a quality producer of electronic products that will please our clients and Elcor’s tremendously,” concludes Prosek.
“Elcor and Mueller Electric are a great match,” says Eddie Williams, General Manager of Elcor for 9 years, “I see a lot of similarities between the two companies in regard to quality. For example at Elcor, our customers have always been number one and we offer them the best quality. Our product goals include zero defects, on-time delivery and continuous improvement. Elcor has a great group of dedicated employees, many of which have worked at Elcor for 25 years or more. I also want both our clients and staff to know that we will continue to operate as normal and deliver the same high-quality products as always,” concludes Williams.
Mueller Electric will inherit two major clients through the ownership transfer of Elcor: Invacare and Nordson. Invacare is the world’s leading manufacturer of home and long-term medical equipment such as wheelchairs, disability scooters and bariatric equipment. Elcor currently produces many of the electronic components and cables needed for the motors used in these types of equipment. By aligning with Elcor, Mueller Electric will now be able to pursue many new avenues of opportunity in healthcare markets.
Nordson Corporation is a multi-national corporation that designs and manufacturers dispensing equipment for industrial adhesives, sealants and coatings, such as that used for assembly in the automotive and medical industries. Already well known in some of these markets, Mueller is now able to expand offerings for limitless potential.
As part of the new introductory process for this unification, Prosek’s goal is to transplant some of Mueller Electric’s staff with Elcor’s in Elyria and vice versa to cross train and learn about the other company’s engineering and production methods over the course of the next several months.