What we do. Why we do it. How we do it.
SEA Wire and Cable’s Mission is to take care of our customers, partners, employees, stakeholders, and the warfighter one connection at a time.
Customer Loyalty Since 1970
SEA Wire and Cable, Inc. provides its customers with a full line of mil-spec wire, cable, connectors and related harnessing products. With a specialty in demanding electronic applications, we take pride in our outstanding customer service and expert technical support.
“On a day to day basis, we are a leading distributor for those products supporting the most demanding requirements,” says President and CEO, Marty Clark.
Founded in 1970 as a manufacturer’s rep, SEA began to expand its focus into the stock and distribution of military wire and cable in the 1980s. The company has continued to grow product offering and improve systems since. We continually provide customers with the level of service they have come to expect for more than 50 years.
Products are available 24/7, the company has developed a substantial customer base including Boeing, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin. SEA serves as a supply chain manager for customers with many customized programs to meet their needs.
In over 50 years of operation, SEA has developed strong relationships with customers, suppliers, and employees. “Relationships are absolutely key,” says Clark. “You have to do more than just supply wire and cable. Everyone is looking for a customized solution.” SEA works with all the major manufacturers to ensure we have what you need when you need it as well as at a competitive price.
Similarly, the employee and company relationship is stronger than ever. SEA has never had to lay-off an employee in over 50 years. SEA sponsors monthly company luncheons, celebrates birthdays, and hosts several other family-oriented events. The yearly Christmas party is based around the employee’s children because SEA wants to emphasize the importance of family.
Community involvement is highly encouraged. Employees and leadership participate in the Wounded Warrior Program, hold seats on the board of several local charities, and partner with suppliers and customers to raise funds for charity.
A small woman-owned business, SEA Wire and Cable was founded by Gary Griffin, and continues in the hands of Mr. Griffin’s daughter, Dana Town, who operates with a dedication to hard work.
Founded by Gary Griffin in Huntsville AL as a manufactures rep for Teledyne Thermatics
Started stocking product and entered into the distribution market
Gary Griffin retires and Bob Wills takes over as President
Move into a modern 40,000 square foot facility in Madison AL
Conversion to new ERP system with leading edge technology from Prophet 21
Expand warehouse and office space to now have in excess of 80,000 square feet
ERP upgrade and addition of the Wireless Warehouse Management System
Marty Clark becomes President and CEO
SEA secures the TE Connectivity product line
SEA surpasses 100 employees
SEA partners with value add connector house
SEA opens a stocking warehouse and new office space in Arlington TX
SEA Celebrates 50 years in business
During the renovation, the company decided to make the building more environmentally friendly. They changed all of the warehouse lighting to high bay fluorescents and installed motion detectors to save energy. Additionally, SEA uses recycled plastics in all of their spools. This may not seem like much, but
when every wire shipment goes out on a spool, it quickly adds up.
After the completion of the 40,000sf addition, we were able to start from scratch to alter product movement throughout the facility and gain efficiencies. “We changed the racking style, increased the height of the ceilings, used different picking equipment, organized inventory by pick velocity rather than by part number, remapped work stations and installed a series of conveyers,” says Clark of the resulting overhaul.
The company also reorganized the way they stock their wires and cables. “We located the items that move the most so that they are the closest to the shipping area.” This cuts down on the amount of time it takes to and move items to the shipping area. “It makes a significant difference,” adds Clark. “While increasing productivity, it has cut down on the time to pick and prepare customer orders.”
To manage this challenge, SEA has invested in leading-edge software programs and improved customer service. They hope to have their new Prophet 21 system integrated by April 2010 and they will be using a CRM system with a wireless warehouse management module.
The company provides inventory management for consignment, Kanban, JIT, dock to stock, demand-pull, stock rotation, or standard spools/packaging. Each program is able to be customized to meet the customers requirement.