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Richco Is Now Essentra Components

A New Name Making The Same Great Products

Richco products are offered in the Essentra Components catalogue with extensions to some of the ranges providing extra solutions to suit your requirements. Our technical teams can offer application and technical advice on all existing product lines with the additional provision of easy order samples of quality parts. Now part of Essentra Components the legacy of Richco is still important to us.

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Continued Objectives

  • Quality Timeliness
  • Innovation
  • Waste Elimination
  • Global Presence
  • Local Support

History Of Richco

Richco has been in the foreground of the plastics industry since the mid-20th Century. As innovative designers and manufacturers, Richco specialised in fasteners, circuit board hardware, wire routing products, cable ties, clips, clamps, fibre optics and telecommunication accessories, providing a global presence with local support. Richco, Inc. provided innovative design solutions to meet a wide range of fastening and routing requirements with focused engineering and manufacturing expertise.

Providing innovative design solutions, Richco’s vast array of product offerings addressed specific application needs within electronics, computer, consumer goods, telecom/datacom, and contract manufacturing industries. In addition to their dedication to new product development, they were committed to providing unsurpassed engineering assistance and technical advice in selecting the right component, then delivering them when you need them.

The Richco company motto; to design and manufacture the finest quality plastic parts, price them competitively and to deliver them promptly.

Founded in 1954, Richco, Inc. has become a major supplier of plastic components to the electrical and electronics industries. Started in a small candy store-turned manufacturing facility on the northwest side of Chicago, founders Craig Richardson and his brother Charles produced their first part, the e-clamp, using an extrusion machine. They produced and shipped out their first order to a large pinball manufacturer, with the e-clamp quickly gaining popularity thereafter. After Craig and Charles perfected the manufacturing process for their clamp, their business really took off. A machine was later purchased to extrude tape, which then completed the manufacturing cycle for their new plastic component.

The years following were successful for the Richardson brothers and allowed them to relocate to a manufacturing/warehousing facility in Chicago, which remained the corporate office until September of 2002, when Richco relocated its World Headquarters to Morton Grove, Illinois. Richco’s product offerings continued to grow over the next few years following the release of that initial e-clamp, and expanded to include component clips and beaded ties. In the late 1950s, the product line had expanded enough to allow for the first printing of the Richco, Inc. catalogue.

The expansion was made possible by offering an innovative and ever-growing product catalogue, which has now become a staple means of showcasing our product and capabilities. Most of the components that have been developed over the years were a direct result of engineers in the field who have expressed a specific design need to Richco's engineering team. Richco always pursued the needs of their customers, offering capabilities to produce standard moulded parts, along with the ability to provide custom moulding, short run prototyping, tool modifications, and full product support.

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