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50 YEAR TRIVIA

Thanks for your interest in Service Wire Trivia. Here are the answers to the questions we posted during our 50th anniversary year.


What percentage of Service Wire employees are left handed?

ANSWER: 19% of Service Wire employees are left handed - compare that to the national average of 10%!


When did Service Wire introduce RainbowWire® to the pump market?

ANSWER: Service Wire's RainbowWire® brand was launched in 2011 as a flat, multi-conductored cable for pump applications.


Who won the world series in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: The 1968 World Series featured the American League champion Detroit Tigers against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, with the Tigers winning in 7 games. Who will take the title in 2018?


What was the price of a postage stamp in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: In 1968, a standard postage stamp cost 6 cents. Compare that to today's cost of 49¢!


When was Service Wire's EnviroPlus® brand of Low Smoke, Zero Halogen (LSZH) jacket launched?

ANSWER: Service Wire's EnviroPlus® brand of LSZH jacket was launched in 1998.


What big announcement was made by Yale University in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: In 1968, Yale University announced they would begin admitting female students.


Where were the Summer Olympics held in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: The 1968 Summer Olympics were held in Mexico City, Mexico, where 19 year old George Foreman won the gold medal for boxing.


How many registered trademarks does Service Wire currently hold?

ANSWER: Service Wire has 8 registered trademarks, and the list continues to grow. Our brands include ServicePlex®, ServiceDrive®, RainbowWire®, EnviroPlus®, ServiceCPE®, ServiceSolar®, ServiceTeck® and ServiceGuard®.


What TV show debuted on CBS in our founding year, 1968, and is still on the air today?

ANSWER: The news magazine show, 60-Minutes, first aired in 1968 and is still on the air 50 years later.


What is the name of Service Wire's current President and CEO?

ANSWER: Louis Weisberg, Service Wire's President and CEO, is also a second-generation employee.


Who was the U.S. Vice President in 1968, Service Wire's founding year?

ANSWER: While Lyndon B. Johnson was the President of the United Stated in 1968, Hubert H. Humphrey was the Vice President.


What year did Service Wire's Houston office open?

ANSWER: Service Wire began operations in Houston in 1980.


What was the cost of a movie ticket in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: A ticket to see In the Heat of the Night, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1968, would have cost you $1.50.


When did Service Wire launch the ServicePlex® brand of twisted single conductors?

ANSWER: The ServicePlex® brand was officially launched in 2013 as an alternative to paralleling, though we had been producing the product since 1968.


What major monument was dedicated in St. Louis in 1968, our founding year?

ANSWER: The Gateway Arch, a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, MO was dedicated to the American people in 1968. It remains the world's tallest arch and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis.


What year was the ServiceGUARD brand of 2kV power cables launched?

ANSWER: Service Wire's ServiceGUARD brand of 2kV power cables was launched in 2016.


Who won the US Open Golf Tournament in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: In 1968, Lee Trevino won the US Open, four strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus. The 1968 US Open was Trevino's first win on the PGA tour and the first of his sic major titles.


Who won the NBA Championship in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: The 1968 NBA Championship Series pitted the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Celtics defeating the Lakers in six games.


What year did Service Wire launch the ServiceDrive® Cable System for VFD applications?

ANSWER: The ServiceDrive® brand was launched in 2007 for VFD applications, to address issues associated with drive performance and reliability. Find out more about ServiceDrive® >>


What was the price of gasoline in 1968, the year Service Wire was founded?

ANSWER: In 1968, you could buy gasoline at 34¢ a gallon. Contrast that to today's average cost of $2.97!


What year was Service Wire founded?

ANSWER: Service Wire was founded in 1968 - in an old furniture factory in Huntington, WV.


What year did Service Wire begin producing trolley wire?

ANSWER: Service Wire began selling to the trolley market in 1978.


What was the price of copper in our founding year, 1968?

ANSWER: In 1968, you could buy copper at 41.17 cents per pound. Contrast that to yesterday's close of $3.128!


In what year was ServiceDrive® VFD Cable System named Product of the Year by EC&M Magazine?

ANSWER: ServiceDrive® was named Product of the Year by EC&M Magazine in 2007 – and was recognized as the best performing cable for VFD applications in an independent study (Bentley-Link White Paper).


How many total Manufacturer's Rep Agencies represent Service Wire?

ANSWER: Service Wire is represented by nearly 60 Manufacturer's Reps in the Commercial, Industrial, Utility, Pump and Irrigation markets.


What percent of Service Wire shipments are delivered on time?

ANSWER: 99.9% of all Service Wire shipments are delivered on time.


What year did Service Wire begin production operations in Houston, TX?

ANSWER: While our Houston location opened in 1980, production operations didn't begin until 1994.


What was Service Wire's first registered trademark?

ANSWER: Service Wire's first registered trademark was EnviroPlus®, our Low Smoke, Zero Halogen jacket. Find out more about EnviroPlus® >>


How many items does Service Wire manufacture?

ANSWER: Service Wire's catalog includes more than 1,842 items. Impressive, considering we began with only a handful of products.


How many states in the US are Service Wire products sold in?

ANSWER: Service Wire products are sold in every one of the 50 states in the US, as well as all of the Canadian provinces and over 30 countries around the world.


What percentage of Service Wire products are Made in the USA?

ANSWER: 100% of Service Wire products for the electrical market are made in the USA.


How many countries are Service Wire products sold in?

ANSWER: Service Wire products are sold in over 30 counties worldwide.


Service Wire manufactures single conductors in a wide array of colors.
Can you name the 10 industry-standard colors that we stock?

ANSWER: Service Wire can product insulated single conductors in a wide array of colors, and we stock 10 industry-standard colors. They are Brown, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Red, White, Purple, Black, Grey and Green.


Service Wire facilities are strategically located in what three cities?

ANSWER: Service Wire has complete manufacturing, distribution and sales locations in Culloden, WV; Houston, TX; and Phoenix, AZ. These strategic locations allow us to provide 1-2 day delivery to most locations nationwide.


What was the first product sold by Service Wire?

ANSWER: Twisted Cable (later branded ServicePlex®) was the first product sold by Service Wire, and remains one of our most popular products to this day. A labor-saving alternative to parallel or compartmental reels, ServicePlex® twists multiple single conductors together, to pull like a single cable.
Find out more about ServicePlex® >>


When did Service Wire's Phoenix office open?

ANSWER: Service Wire began Phoenix operations in 1999, allowing us to better serve 13 western states. Our Phoenix facility was key in expanding our product line to serve the Pump and Irrigation markets as well as the Alternative Energy market which was emerging at the time.


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PHOTO TRIVIA


Art Weisberg

Who founded Service Wire in 1968?


ANSWER: Service Wire was founded by Arthur Weisberg in 1968.
 


What year was this image of our WV Sales Office featured in Rod, Wire and Fastener magazine?

Service Wire Sales 1980s

ANSWER: In April of 1982, Service Wire was featured in Rod, Wire and Fastener magazine. The article included this photo of our WV Sales Office. Recognize anyone? Read the complete article here >>


What year was this photo featured in our direct mail campaign?

Direct Mail Photo 2002

ANSWER: In 2002, our marketing campaign focused on our people. See the original mailer here >>


Which Service Wire location was home to this uniquely-shaped guard shack?

Guard Shack

ANSWER: Our reel-shaped guard shack was a unique landmark at our corporate headquarters in Culloden, WV for many years. On November 8, 1990 a dedication was held for the structure. A plaque commemorating the event reads: Dedicated to Gussie "Momma" Weisberg, Simon Meyer and all those who strive for Freedom, Education and the American Dream.


PHOTO TRIVIA: What product did this original equipment manufacture?

Original Plex

ANSWER: This machine manufactured twisted wire, then called "Tri-Plex" or "Quadra-Plex". Today, our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to produce ServicePlex® much faster! (see video below)

 

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