Eaton’s B-Line Business is a global manufacturer of support systems and enclosure solutions for engineered facility subsystem applications. Our solutions and services are designed to help improve efficiency and safety during installation with maximum return on investment. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, we are poised to support customers globally with product solutions for the commercial, industrial, oil and gas, mining, data centers, utility and OEM markets.
Since 1967, the B-Line business began as a division of Brinkley Company in Wright City, Missouri, circa 1956, manufacturing cable trays and ladders for the commercial and industrial market. In 1969, as industrial product demands grew, the B-Line business relocated to its present headquarter location in Highland, Illinois.
In 1971, the B-Line business became a subsidiary of Sigma Chemical. In 1980, we continued to expanded production to include pipe fasteners; expanding again in 1990 with manufacturing of spring steel fasteners. In 2000, the B-Line business became a stand-alone division of Cooper Industries, plc, adding strength to Cooper’s electronics and telecommunications offering.
In 2007, the B-Line business acquired GS Metals, a leading manufacturer of safety grating systems, bolted framing (strut systems), ladder and wire basket cable tray. With the acquisition of TOLCO in 2011, the B-Line business broadened its seismic bracing solutions for non-structural systems for institutional and infrastructure commercial construction projects.
In November 2012, Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc. The 2012 revenue of the combined companies was $21.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Eaton is a power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. A global technology leader, Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
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