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AFC Cable Systems purchases Georgia Pipe

Dec. 1, 2003
Continuing its strategy of adding to its base in armored wire and cable, AFC Cable Systems, Inc., New Bedford, Mass., announced the acquisition of Georgia

Continuing its strategy of adding to its base in armored wire and cable, AFC Cable Systems, Inc., New Bedford, Mass., announced the acquisition of Georgia Pipe Co. for about $15 million.

The acquisition gives AFC a line of rigid PVC conduit to sell for both traditional power-wiring and new low-voltage applications, says Jay Thomas, AFC's director of marketing.

Georgia Pipe, Thomasville, Ga., employs more than 100 workers in a 150,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility. The company makes rigid PVC conduit and markets PVC conduit fittings.

AFC, which had 1997 sales of $220.3 million, will continue to manufacture all of Georgia Pipe's products out of the Thomasville facility, says Thomas. Jaakko Uuranniemi, president of Georgia Pipe, will continue to manage the business, he added.

Through a series of acquisitions over the past few years, AFC has diversified from its core armored cable products into fittings, non-metallic conduit and low-voltage wiring systems. The company has moved into the datacom, security and fire-alarm markets by armoring low-voltage wire and cable for these applications and supplementing these products with an assortment of related products.

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Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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