Eaton is proud to trace its heritage back to Thomas A. Edison with the only research and development lab in the industry still named after this prodigious inventor, Thomas A. Edison Technical Center.
McGraw Electric goes back to the turn of the 20th Century. The company started in 1900 as an electrical contractor, wiring houses and connecting doorbells. It expanded into electrical products manufacturing with several acquisitions over the years. In 1952 it merged with Pennsylvania Transformer Company.
The Line Material Company, founded in 1911, grew to be a major force in the electrical manufacturing industry as manufacturers of fuses, switches, line hardware, arresters, transformers and more. Line Material became part of McGraw Electric in 1949.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc., one of Thomas Edison’s original companies, combined with McGraw Electric Company in 1957 to form McGraw-Edison. McGraw-Edison Power Systems joined Cooper in 1985.