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The ECCO Story

Electronic Connector Company of Illinois Founded in 1963 ECCO is a franchised distributor for many of the world’s leading connector  manufacturers. We are known for our extensive inventory of circular and commercial  connectors totaling over 10,000 SKUs. ECCO has earned qualification to assemble  connectors that meet industrial & military specifications. We are proud of and would  like to thank our diverse customer portfolio including domestic and international OEMs,  distributors, and the U.S. Government  Electronic Connector Company Milestones


Date Event
1963 Air Industries, a general wholesale surplus store that carried electronics, was established by an entrepreneurial Pilot who realized the aviation industry was embracing connectors.
1981 ECCO became a franchised distributor for top connector suppliers; and remains a strong partner and emotional favorite to them as it grows.
1987 Anixter Brothers, Inc. acquires ECCO from Air Industries and Chuck Engvall becomes president of the Company.
1993 Arris Group Inc. (NasdaqGS:ARRS), formerly known as Antec Corporation, was separated from Anixter, ECCO moves with and becomes a division of the Arris Group.
2000 ECCO becomes ISO 9001-2000 certified.
2010 ECCO recertified to ISO 9001-2008.
2012 ECCO acquired from the Arris Group Inc. New ownership headed by a group of experienced electronic component distributor executives.
2013 Year of Investment: Sales & marketing expansion, new products & services, infrastructure refreshed, ITAR registration, management team additions.
2014 Growth year, suppliers added, value added services expand, Successful ERP system & WEB upgrade.