History of Growth | WireCo WorldGroup

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WireCo WorldGroup
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History of Growth

Over 80+ years of stable, consistent growth demonstrates our commitment to ensuring greater access to a broader range of products worldwide.

WireCo WorldGroup, formerly Wire Rope Corporation of America, Inc. (WRCA), was originally founded in 1931 by J.P. Barclay, Sr. as an offshoot from his company, Wire Machinery Corporation of America. From these roots, the company has evolved into a global manufacturing leader. Today, WireCo WorldGroup, known for unmatched technical expertise and service, delivers value-added solutions to a wide range of industries through their wire rope, synthetic rope, wire, synthetic yarns, electromechanical cable engineered products and netting products. 

From a small manufacturer in America’s heartland to a global industry leader, WireCo WorldGroup’s history is one of strategic growth. Each milestone, especially those in recent years, has helped us ensure unparalleled global availability and technical expertise to meet diverse customer needs.




April 2014
WireCo WorldGroup announces acquisition of Netherlands based Endenburg B.V.
Opens WireCo Crane Center in Gouda, the Netherlands
  • Allows WireCo to be close to the market with new crane center near Rotterdam port
  • Merge Endenburg's Maritime department to create industry-leading team
July 2012 WireCo WorldGroup announces acquisition of the Lankhorst Euronete Group - a world leader in synthetic products with more than 200 years of experience.
  • Allows for leading global market share of value-added synthetic products
  • Brings a premium brand and strong market position to the offshore oil and gas market
  • Increases technical leadership in research and development of high-tech synthetic products
July 2011 WireCo WorldGroup announces acquisition of Drumet Liny i Druty Sp.z o.o. (Drumet), a leading manufacturer of wire rope, steel wire, and steel wire band in Wloclawek, Poland. 
  • Access to new markets in Eastern Europe
  • Increased wire capacity to support manufacturing operations
  • Enhanced scope of operations in Europe, providing WireCo with unmatched wire and rope production capabilities in North America, Asia and Europe
November 2010 WireCo WorldGroup acquires Oliveira Sá, a Portugal-based leading synthetic and wire rope manufacturer.
  • Expansion in the global high tech synthetic rope market
  • Speeds exploration into new synthetic/steel rope combinations
  • Solidifies position as leading global crane rope manufacturer
December 2009 WireCo WorldGroup acquires Phillystran, Inc, a United States synthetic rope manufacturer.
  • Entrée and expansion in the global high tech synthetic rope market
  • Speeds exploration into new synthetic/steel rope combinations
August 2008 WireCo WorldGroup launches capacity expansion plan of mining rope in Sedalia, Mo.
  • Shorter lead times
  • Increase of mining rope capacity
June 2008 WireCo WorldGroup and WISCO joint venture opens largest, most modern wire rope manufacturing facility in the world
  • Ability to deliver higher quality products to the Asian markets
November 2007 Purchased U.S. Reel, a valued and trusted supplier
  • Secured source of supply for the future
  • Potential profit center
October 2007 WireCo WorldGroup moves corporate headquarters from St. Joseph, MO to Kansas City, MO
  • Company proximity to global transportation: next door to international airport
  • State of the art facility to support further expansion and attract a global talent pool
October 2007 Wire Rope Corporation of America changes name to WireCo WorldGroup
  • New identity that better reflects Company’s broad product offering and global reach
August 2007 Acquires CASAR, the world’s technical leader in design and production of special wire ropes used in critical load lifting applications for hoists, cranes, and underground mining
  • Enhanced Company’s global brands
  • Expanded access to European and many other markets worldwide
February 2007 Acquired Wireline Works, a Canadian EMC manufacturer
  • Expanded customer base to more North American markets
February 2007 Acquired by Paine and Partners, LLC, formerly Fox Paine, a private equity firm based in San Francisco
  • Enhanced potential for growth and expansion
  • Catalyst to complete acquisition of German corporation, CASAR
July 2006 Joint venture agreement with WISCO Wuhan Jiangbei Iron and Steel Co. to form new wire rope manufacturing company in China
  • Strategic partnership in place with the third largest steel company in China (also one of the largest in the world)
  • Opened up Asian market for sales and distribution
 June 2005 Acquired Aceros Camesa, leading producer of wire rope, major producer of high carbon wire in Mexico, and world’s leading independent producer of EM cables for data logging
  • Expansion into EM cable market worldwide
  • Enhanced product offering for oil and gas customer base
  • Added state-of-the-art wire manufacturing and distribution capability
1999 Acquired wire rope division of Amsted Industries – MacWhyte —and Broderick & Bascom  
1998 Acquired Rochester Corporation’s wire rope division
  • Enhanced market share with key specialty products
1993 Wire division moved to new wire mill facility in Chillicothe, MO
  • More efficiency
1988 Acquired wire rope division of Armco Steel, Union Wire Rope
  • Stronger market share in oil and mining industries from strength of Union brand
1982 Launched new division selling high carbon wire
  • Expanded markets to offset downturns in oil and gas exploration
1962 Acquired St. Louis-based A.H. Leschen & Sons
  • Consolidated manufacturing capabilities
  • Strengthened Leschen brand
1950 WRCA relocates to the Midwest from New Haven, CT
  • Proximity to raw material supplier
  • Logistical hub for manufacturing operations
1931 Wire Rope Corporation of America, Inc. (WRCA) founded by J.P. Barclay, Sr. as a spin off from Wire Machinery Corporation of America
  • Independent wire rope manufacturing, sales, and distribution capability for emerging markets
1803 Lankhorst Family started a local factory manufacturing ropes