Cooper B-Line is a global provider of innovative, labor-saving support systems and enclosure solutions for engineered facility subsystem applications and part of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), operating facilities across the globe. Our products are used in a variety of settings for the commercial, industrial, utility and OEM markets. In addition, Cooper B-Line operates regional sales offices and distribution centers throughout the United States, Korea, the Middle East, Canada and Europe.
Cooper B-Line began as a division of Brinkley Company in Wright City, Missouri in 1956, and began producing cable tray in 1967. In 1969, as industrial demand for its products grew, the B-Line division moved to Highland, Illinois to begin operations in a more modern facility. In 1971, B-Line became a subsidiary of Sigma Chemical (Sigma-Aldrich) and began producing pipe fasteners in 1980 and spring steel fasteners in 1990.
In 2000, B-Line became a stand-alone division of Cooper Industries, adding strength to Cooper’s position in the electronics and telecommunications markets. With its administrative headquarters in Houston, Texas, Cooper Industries is one of the oldest companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange with a 2010 revenue of $5.1 billion. Cooper Industries unquestionably has a global presence with 37 percent international revenues and sales in over 100 countries worldwide.
In 2007, Cooper Industries acquired Illinois-based GS Metals, a leading manufacturer of customized metal safety grating systems, bolted framing, and ladder and wire basket cable tray. In early 2009, Cooper B-Line completed a $3.2M office addition at its Highland, Illinois facility. Also in the last few years, Cooper B-Line has entered the solar market, manufacturing labor- and material-savings solutions that reduce the overall cost per watt for solar PV applications, including first-class rooftop PV mounting systems. Cooper B-Line products have been used over 100 megawatts, and growing, of installed solar PV applications. In 2011, Cooper B-Line acquired the assets of TOLCO™, a leading manufacturer of seismic bracing, pipe hangers and pipe support solutions. With the addition of the TOLCO brand, we have enhanced our products and services for seismic bracing of non-structural systems for institutional and infrastructure commercial construction projects.
Cooper B-Line makes charitable contributions to United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, in addition to several other local causes.