From the mid 1800's to the mid 1970's National Standard Wire of Worcester, MA was one of the only reliable suppliers of high carbon steel specialty wires. In fact they were one of the three bidders selected for wires to make the cables on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Fine round and hexagon shaped high-carbon music steel wire has always been a very challenging material to produce and National Standard was known as the standard for music wire in America. In 1977 they decided to move their plant to Mount Joy, PA and unfortunately never replicated the quality of the music wire produced in original mill.
Recognizing an opportunity, three former National Standard factory workers founded Truspec Wire. They built their business on machinery purchased from their former employers.
Soon after, the D'Addario family helped re-organize the fledgling company while assuming two-thirds ownership. D'Addario & Company, Inc., dedicated financial and engineering resources to turn Truspec into a viable business, sustaining production vital to the entire string industry.
In 2008, when the last remaining Truspec partner retired, D'Addario purchased his shares for 100% ownership of Renaissance Wire. At that time, D'Addario was in the early stages of a significant company-wide commitment to a lean manufacturing transformation, which they successfully implemented at Renaissance Wire, enhancing both efficiencies and product quality.
In 2012, consistent with D'Addario's vision of developing superior raw materials, and with support from New York State, Suffolk County and the Town of Babylon, D'Addario made an unprecedented commitment to re-engineer the entire high-carbon steel music wire manufacturing process, led by a team of D'Addario experts and engineers.
On June 1, 2014, D'Addario moved the former Truspec Wire and Renaissance Wire Mill into its Farmingdale-based operations. With the move came massive changes.
New digitally controlled wire drawing machinery, specifically engineered to draw fine size, round & hex shaped high-carbon steel music wire was created in cooperation with one of Germany's premier wire machinery builders. The straightening process was retooled with new tensioning and wire straightening roller technologies and the coating process was completely re-invented.
On the heels of these monumental improvements and the move to Long Island, we are proud to introduce D'Addario Wire Works. In the tradition of National Standard Wire, Truspec, and Renaissance Wire, D'Addario Wire Works will remain committed to producing the world's highest-quality, high-carbon steel music wire.