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L-com Reflects Back on 40 Years of Steady Success


The past year has been special for L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a supplier of wired and wireless connectivity products. The company has been celebrating its 40th anniversary in business − 40 years of steady growth fueled by hard work and exciting changes in the wired and wireless electronics industry.

L-com was incorporated in 1982, though its roots can be traced back to 1949, when founder Alfred F. Contarino Sr. started ALCO Electronics, a power supply manufacturer and TV repair shop in Lawrence, Mass. Over the next 30 years the company grew from 4 employees to 160 and became a world leader in manufacturing miniature electronic switches.

In 1982, Contarino started L-com to manufacture switching power supplies for computer-related products. They set up shop in North Andover, Mass., the city where L-com is still headquartered today. In 1984 their focus shifted to connectivity products − mainly cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, test equipment and networking products. Business boomed and by 1997 L-com had doubled both its workforce and building size.

Growth continued as L-com expanded its U.S. operations in 2005 and a year later opened a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China.

L-com further strengthened its resources and capabilities in 2016 when it was acquired by global electronics supplier Infinite Electronics. Infinite, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company , is a leading global supplier of electronic components, serving engineers’ urgent needs through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands.

About L-com:

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. Headquartered in North Andover, Mass., L-com is ISO 9001:2015-certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Based in Irvine, Calif., Infinite Electronics is a global electronics supplier offering a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Its brands are Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, ShowMeCables, NavePoint, INC Installs, Integra Optics, PolyPhaser, Transtector, KP Performance Antennas, RadioWaves and Aiconics. Infinite serves its customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with a broad inventory available for immediate shipment, fulfilling unplanned demand for engineers and technical buyers. Infinite is a Warburg Pincus portfolio company.