Houston Wire & Cable Co was founded in 1975. The Company provides wire and cable and related services to the U.S. market. It provides its customers with a single-source solution for wire and cable, hardware and related services. It offer products in most categories of wire and cable, including: continuous and interlocked armor cable; control and power cable; electronic wire and cable; flexible and portable cords; instrumentation and thermocouple cable; lead and high temperature cable; medium voltage cable; premise and category wire and cable, primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable, wire rope and wire rope slings, as well as nylon slings, chain, shackles and other related hardware. It also offers private branded products, including its proprietary brand LifeGuard, a low-smoke, zero-halogen cable. The Company has three target markets: Utility market, Industrial Market & Infrastructure Market. The utility market includes large investor-owned utilities, rural cooperatives and municipal power authorities. The industrial market comprised of a diverse base of manufacturing and production companies. The infrastructure markets including education and health care institutions; air, ground and rail transportation; telecommunications, and wastewater are expected to continue to improve from post-recession lows that resulted from public funding shortfalls and budget constraints. The Company competes with many wire and cable providers on a national, regional and local basis. It is subject to regulation by various federal, state and local agencies.