Belden designs, manufactures and markets high-speed electronic cables, connectivity products and other related items for the specialty electronics and data networking markets. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and connectivity market that require highly differentiated, high-performance products. It adds value through design, engineering, excellence in manufacturing, product quality and customer service. Belden had 2005 revenues of nearly $1.35 billion and has approximately 5,200 employees. The company was formed through the merger of Belden and Cable Design Technologies in 2004. It dates back to 1902 when Joseph C. Belden founded the company in Chicago. The company is organized into the five operating divisions that include electronics, networking, specialty, European operations and West Penn Wire. Belden maintains headquarters in St. Louis.