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Our History

Over 50 years of
electrical contact innovation.

1970

Electrical Contacts Limited is founded by George Allen in Hanover, Ontario as a manufacturer of sintered electrical contact materials.

1978

The original plant is expanded by approximately 1/3 as business volumes grow.

1978 - 1982

Contact rivets are introduced as a product line offering.

1981

A second manufacturing facility is opened in Hanover to expand the support capabilities needed for contact production. Tool & die makers, electricians and millwrighting begins with apprenticeship programs to support future growth.

1983

ECL develops a proprietary hot bonding process to produce precious metal laminates & contact buttons

1984

ECL develops the ability to form contact tapes from the overlay laminates it is bonding in Hanover.

1989

ECL focuses attention on the residential circuit breaker markets in the NAFTA zone as competitors consolidate.

1993

George Allen moves to retirement. Peter Allen assumes presidency.

1995

A shareholding reorganization expands the ownership group and introduces ownership to key employees.

1996

ECL becomes ISO certified, a certification we take pride in and maintain to this day

2000 - 2010

Market share grows in the residential circuit breaker market.

2006

George Allen passes away in September.

2010

Ownership consolidates to Peter Allen and key employees.

2014

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