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Thomas & Betts Compression Connector Brands Become Blackburn® Featuring the Color-Keyed® System

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2013 – Thomas & Betts has combined its two brands of compression connectors, Blackburn® and Color-Keyed®, into one brand, Blackburn® Featuring the Color-Keyed® System, to capitalize on industry recognition of both brands.

 Blackburn® Compression Connectors are widely used in the construction industry, while Color-Keyed® Compression Connectors are favored among maintenance electricians in industrial plants,said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and marketing, at Thomas & Betts. “Thomas & Betts developed the Color-Keyed® System for matching dies and connectors more than 50 years ago, which greatly simplified the process; it has become the universal system of identifying compression connections in inspection.

 “We are positioning Blackburn® as our flagship brand for connectors and grounding, of which Color-Keyed® Compression Connectors will be a part. The Color-Keyed® product line is by no means being discontinued; we are simply integrating the branding of the two product lines. We expect that the reputation of both brands will reinforce each other as we make the transition to ‘Blackburn® Compression Connectors, featuring the Color-Keyed® System and that there will be potential cost savings with the reduction of SKUs.”

In addition to a comprehensive line of compression connectors, the Blackburn® brand includes a complete line of overhead, grounding and mechanical connectors for a broad range of applications. Blackburn® Compression Connectors, featuring the Color-Keyed® System, will apply a unique tooling system that Thomas & Betts developed, which uses distinct, hexagonal, color-coded dies that compress conductors into a nearly solid configuration for a superior electrical bond. 

Thomas & Betts Corporation, a member of the ABB Group, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit