On September 4, 2012, General Cable purchased the Alcan Cable North American business from Rio Tinto Alcan.
Read about the history of General Cable.
Like General Cable, the former Alcan Cable has a long history in the wire and cable industry tracing its beginnings back to 1902, soon after Canada’s first aluminum smelter opened in Shawinigan, Quebec. As the first wire and cable fabricating facility of any consequence in the region, the Alcan Cable mill provided the cable to transmit power to the historic Montreal market some 86 miles away, and went on to become a mainstay of the local community. In 1939, Alcan Cable began its first U.S. presence with what was to become a 24-year partnership with Central Cable in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.
With the acquisition of Central Cable in 1963, Alcan Cable established its first fabricating facility in the United States. Over the next several decades, the company expanded it manufacturing operations to five production facilities located in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and China.