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75th Anniversary

Powering Lives for 75 Years

Even if you don't see it, Radix is an everyday part of people's lives - and we have been for more than 75 years.

Radix branded wire and cable is all around us. Our products are used to power your household range and industrial equipment – and now to help save lives in high-rise buildings. In 2019 Radix Wire and Cable celebrated its 75th year of powering people’s lives by telling the stories of its first 75 years and committing to more innovations for the future.

Powering Products. Powering Equipment. Powering Safety. Since 1944.

Developing the Next Innovation

We were the first to certify silicone fire alarm cable to UL 2196 and the first to comply with UL 858. But we’re not stopping there. In fact, 20% of our revenue now comes from products introduced in the last three years.

Depth of Knowledge

We don’t carry all types of wire and cable, just products designed specifically for harsh environments. That’s all we do. So, we’re experts in your applications and the technology and materials required for them. That’s how we’re able to bring you the most reliable, highest-quality products. It’s how we’ve solved “impossible” challenges, like creating FPLP cable. And it’s how we’ll continue to solve your application challenges in the future.

Dedication to Customers

Our team personally works with every customer to find the best solutions for you – no matter how big or small your business. We go the extra mile for you, whether you need technical expertise or a quick quote. It’s that combination of being big enough to have what you need and small enough to care that has kept customers coming back for more than 75 years.

We’ve been here for more than 75 years, but we’re just getting started.
Finding new ways to innovate our products and materials and make it even easier to power extreme environments.
 
Because we’re focused on extreme environments - and we’re focused on you.
And that’s a powerful combination.

Other Stories

DuraLife named Product of the Year

DuraLife named Product of the Year

Readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) selected DuraLife® FPLP-CI Free Air, Plenum Rated Cable as one of the best new Fire, Life Safety, and Mass Notification products of 2018.

Expanding in Aurora

Expanding in Aurora

In 1986, Radix purchased a second facility in Aurora, OH, greatly expanding capacity and product development resources.

Radix Goes Green

Radix Goes Green

Starting in the 2001, a focused effort was made at Radix to address agency compliance, eliminate HAPs, reduce air emissions of OC’s, and address any possible health aspects concerning chemical exposure.

Keep Euclid Beautiful

Keep Euclid Beautiful

In 2019, Radix adopted a spot in its home city of Euclid, Ohio. Radix employees will do their part to keep Euclid beautiful through litter prevention, beautification, community greening, and waste reduction at a specified location.

Extreme Innovation

Extreme Innovation

In early 2018, Radix introduced Heat Defender 650 for use in extreme high-temperature environments. Rated to 600V at 650°C.

DuraLife Under Fire

DuraLife Under Fire

During the fire test, DuraLife cables are continuously energized at their maximum rated voltage and evaluated for circuit integrity. Following the fire test, the cables are subjected to a hose stream test.

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

In 2016, Radix joined the Association of Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the single voice providing the home appliance industry and consumers with leadership, advocacy and a forum for action in public policy, standards and business decisions.

Dedication To Customers

Dedication To Customers

Our customer service team personally works with every customer to find the best solution – no matter how big or small the business may be. We go the extra mile for you, whether you need technical expertise or a quick quote.

Setting Our Sites on Canada

Setting Our Sites on Canada

Recognizing a growing demand for 2-hour rated fire alarm cables in Canada, DuraLife® FAS 90 2-hour fire resistive cables were certified for use in Canada under CAN/ULC-S139 in 2018

Meet Pete

Meet Pete

Peter Edquist holds the record as Radix’s longest tenured manufacturer’s representative. He was signed on by former President and Owner, Chuck VerMerris, on November 30, 1977 and has been selling our wire and cable products for an impressive 42 years!

United Way Carnival

United Way Carnival

Radix Wire & Cable takes pride in giving back to the local community.

Human Resources - Pam Kochman

Human Resources - Pam Kochman

Pam Kochman is our Human Resources Manager with over 20 years of experience. She started her career at Radix in 1994 and has been in her current role since 2005. Ms. Kochman received her PHR certification in Human Resources from HRCI in 2007.

UL 2196: Another First

UL 2196: Another First

In 2014, Radix was the first company to receive flexible, silicone-insulated cable UL 2196 recertification after UL changed the standard in 2012.

Engineering Co-Op Program

Engineering Co-Op Program

Starting in the spring of 2018, Radix developed a Co-op program in partnership with the University of Akron and Cleveland State University.

Employee Spotlight: Dan Polasky

Employee Spotlight: Dan Polasky

When Chuck VerMerris, former Radix owner, invited Dan Polasky to join Radix in the mid-1980s, Dan was excited to get to work in Process Development.

Center of Hope

Center of Hope

As part of our 75 Days of Service campaign, eight Radix employees from our Aurora location volunteered at the Center of Hope in Ravenna, OH.

Helping Customers Get the Most Out of Cables

Helping Customers Get the Most Out of Cables

Radix is the industry leader in UL 2196 certified, 2-hour fire-rated cable systems, with more than 25 years of fire protection knowledge.

The FIRST UL Rated 550C Wire

The FIRST UL Rated 550C Wire

In 2002, Radix Wire Company introduced DuraFlex® 550, the first UL listed 550°C wire.

Employee Pride

Employee Pride

Radix employees went above in beyond during the 2018 Euclid Hunger Shelter Food Drive. We donated over two car loads of food to the shelter and one ENTIRE car load was donated by ONE employee.

Higher Voltage Solutions

Higher Voltage Solutions

In 2014, Radix added a new high-voltage ignition wire to the DuraBlend family of products, recognizing the need for higher voltage capability for this product in appliance applications.

Team Member Spotlight – Jay Osborne

Team Member Spotlight – Jay Osborne

Jay has been part of the Radix family since 1996 and has held various roles throughout the Manufacturing and Engineering organizations.

The Beginning

The Beginning

Radix Wire & Cable dates back to 1944, when it was originally formed to produce wire for radios and televisions. The company was later sold by the original owner in the late 1950s and became a subsidiary of Chesterfield Steel Company.

Team Member Spotlight – Bob Hazenfield

Team Member Spotlight – Bob Hazenfield

Bob Hazenfield brings more than 30 years of engineering and product development experience to Radix Wire.

VW-1 Rated Products

VW-1 Rated Products

Radix was the first to develop a line of VW-1 Flame Rated products to comply with the latest guidelines in UL 858, which address new industry safety standards for household cooking equipment.

Chuck VerMerris

Chuck VerMerris

Chuck joined Radix Wire & Cable as General Sales Manager in 1968 after years in electrical material sales at Dow Corning.

United Way Days of Caring

United Way Days of Caring

Radix Wire & Cable supports the United Way through our annual United Way Campaign.

WE HAVE THE SOLUTION.

Radix’s team of technicians, engineers and researchers is committed to being innovators in the arena of high temperature wire and high temperature cable. Collectively we are on the tireless quest to provide the thinnest possible cable and wire while maintaining the highest possible performance.

We can help you find the wire and cable solution best suited for your application – just get in touch.

Our High Performance Cable And Wire Knowledge Is Yours, Trust Radix.