About This Report

CEO Letter


Dear Friends, Colleagues and Neighbors,

At Southwire, we deliver power to customers around the world.  We lead our industry with innovations that increase profitability, efficiency and safety. But, while creating and delivering a high-quality product is important, there are several key components that solidify our position as both an industry leader and a great place to work.  This collection of components (or as we like to call them, tenets) makes up our commitment to what we call sustainability and allows us to grow our deep roots as a company.

In that spirit, we are proud to present our 2015 Sustainability Report, an assessment that dives into all areas of sustainability at Southwire and unearths our most significant impacts and opportunities. The findings of this assessment detail Southwire’s sustainability goals and strategies, which align with our five tenets of Building Worth, Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back and Doing Right.

2015 was an exciting year for Southwire, highlighted by solid business results, significant gains within our sales channels, and special recognition from some of our biggest customers. Through the efforts of our outstanding team, some of our most notable accomplishments included:

  • The successful acquisition and integration of our new facility and team in
    Huntersville, North Carolina;
  • The implementation of SAP for sales and order processing;
  • The milestone of gaining 100% of Lowe’s business;
  • Our recognition as Home Depot’s Electrical Supplier of the Year;
  • The 10-year anniversary of Project GIFT;
  • The introduction of a harmonized total rewards platform.

On a personal note, I announced my retirement and helped transition Rich Stinson as Southwire’s President and CEO, which became effective on January 1, 2016. I am proudly joining the ranks of Southwire’s retirees and am grateful to remain part, now as an alumni, of such a remarkable company.

I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished throughout my career, but, above all else, I am thankful for the strong and sustainable culture we built together which will solidify Southwire’s industry-leading influence for generations to come.



Stu Thorn
Chief Executive Officer (2001–2015)