Southwire, founded in 1950 and located in Battleboro, N.C., is a private, family-owned company that is a manufacturer of building wires and utility cables. The company holds more than 240 patents in over 40 countries and is involved in the research and development of high-temperature superconducting power cables. It is backed by a network of manufacturing facilities and distribution centers stretching from coast to coast. Southwire's corporate structure centers around four distinct manufacturing segments comprising Energy, Electrical, OEM Rod and SCR Technologies. Each focuses on a specific group of customers to meet their needs. The company has developed the Southwire Continuous Rod method for casting copper and aluminum rods and most of the world's copper rods are made using this method. More than 70 systems operate in countries, such as India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.