Arrow Electronics Inc was incorporated in New York in 1946. The Company is a provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. It serves over 100,000 customers. The Company's customer base consists of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract manufacturers (CMs) and other commercial customers. The customers include manufacturers of consumer and industrial equipment (such as machine tools, factory automation, and robotic equipment) serving industries from telecommunications, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, medical, and professional services, among others. Customers also include value-added resellers (VARs) of enterprise computing solutions. The Company has two business segments, the global components business and the global enterprise computing solutions (ECS) business. The Company distributes electronic components to OEMs and CMs through its global components business segment and provides enterprise computing solutions to VARs through its global ECS business segment. North America includes offices in the United States and Canada. The Company acts as a marketing, stocking, technical support and financial intermediary on behalf of electronic components manufacturers and provides geographically dispersed selling, order processing and delivery capabilities to guide products to market on behalf of these manufacturers. The Company is subject to environmental laws and regulations that could materially adversely affect its business.