Anixter Inc. Headquarters, home of the Infrastructure Solutions Lab


  • Anixter Brothers was founded by Alan
    and Bill Anixter.  
  • The company made $300,000 in sales selling industrial wire and cable.


  • In 1966, sales were $10 million.
  • In 1967, the company went public on the American Stock Exchange.
  • In 1968, Anixter wrote the Blue Book
    and had 700 employees.


  • Anixter added CATV to its inventory.
  • Anixter opened additional locations in the United States and Canada.
  • In 1972, Anixter opened its first European location, Anixter United Kingdom.
  • In 1975, Anixter had 1,375 employees and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (AXE).


  • Anixter sold its first BNC connectors, moving it into the data communications market.
  • In 1980, Anixter had 2,000 employees.
  • In 1985, Anixter employees increased
    by 25 percent to 2,500.
  • In 1986, Anixter hit $650 million in sales.
  • Acquired by Itel, a NYSE-listed holding company.
  • In 1989, Anixter released the Levels program, the first written performance specification for data cabling systems. 


  • LevelsTM specifications were renamed Categories by the TIA standards body.
  • Anixter expanded to Latin America, Asia
    and the South Pacific. 
  • In 1991, Anixter tops $1 billion in sales.
  • Publicly traded name changed to Anixter International from Itel.
  • In 1995, Anixter opened UL certified Interoperability Lab (currently Infrastructure Solutions LabSM) in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Anixter is the only distributor to have
    such a lab. 
  • In 1995, Anixter had 5,000 employees.
  • In 1998, Anixter acquired Pacer Electronics.
  • In 1999, Anixter sold the integration business.
  • In 1999, Anixter recorded $3 billion in sales.


  • Anixter expanded into OEM supply chain market through a series of acquisitions and consolidations.
  • In 2002, Anixter acquired Pentacon, a fasteners distributor, and also entered the security market.
  • In 2003, Anixter acquired Walters Hexagon Group Ltd.
  • In 2004, Anixter acquired Distribution Dynamics.
  • In 2005, Anixter launched READY! Services
  • In 2005, Anixter acquired Infast.
  • In 2006, Anixter launched Anixter University
  • In 2006, Anixter acquired MFU Holdings S.p.A. and IMS, Inc.
  • In 2007, Anixter acquired Total Supply Solutions Limited and Eurofast, SAS.
  • In 2008, Anixter acquired World Class
    Wire & Cable, Sofrasar SA Camille Gergen, Quality Screws de Mexico SA,
    and QSN Industries.
  • In 2008, Anixter had 8,000 employees.
  • In 2009, Anixter had 8,355 employees.

2010 to Current

  • In 2010, Anixter acquired CLARK .
    Security Products
  • In 2011, Anixter sold the Aerospace Hardware division to Greenbriar Equity.
  • In 2012, Anixter acquired Jorvex, S.A.
  • In 2012, Anixter had 8,200 employees.
  • In 2014, Anixter acquired Tri-Ed Distribution, North America's largest security distributor.
  • In 2015, Anixter sold the Fasteners division to American Industrial Partners.
  • In 2015 Anixter acquired the power solutions segment of HD Supply.