About A.E. Petsche and Arrow

Guiding innovation forward, bridging the gap between what’s possible and the practical.

About Us

At A.E. Petsche Company we guide innovation forward, bridging the gap between what’s possible and the practical. As a leader in forward thinking we can help you develop the tangible future of Five Years Out. Since 1966, A.E. Petsche Company has become widely recognized as the world’s leading supplier of high-performance harness interconnect products and related services including wire and cable, connectors, and harness management components. Innovation has been at the very core of our business since our founding, every day we are discovering how new technologies, new supply chain innovations, and new talent will work in the future.

Our team includes more than 200 employees worldwide across 21 locations in 11 countries. In 2009 we were acquired by Arrow Electronics, the world’s leading distributor of electronic components, through which we leverage virtually all of the top manufacturers and latest technologies to provide both standard and customized solutions for your application. Whether it’s for the Military (ground and air), Commercial Aviation, Shipbuilding, Rail or yet-imagined industry, we help our customers innovate by working together to anticipate their needs today and Five Years Out. 
Are you thinking Five Years Out? Then you’re probably working with us.

Our History

Arnold E. Petsche founded the company in 1966 in response to the aerospace industry’s need for streamlined production and distribution of high performance wire and cable. In the beginning, Petsche ran the business as a one-man operation spooling wire out of his garage with a single employee for clerical support.

Petsche’s educational and business background prepared him well for running his own business. He graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University. After his degree, Petsche went on to receive electrical and avionics systems training in the Air Force where he later became a First Lieutenant. He then held various positions in the aircraft industry, including at a wire and cable manufacturer, where he recognized the need for a distributor that would provide solutions and services across multiple wire types.

As the business grew, Petsche purchased a building, hired people to work in the warehouse and opened branch offices. Following his passion for higher education, Petsche attended Harvard Business School, completing the program in 1980. Arnold and his team set out to expand off of the company’s wire and cable strength and become an all encompassing interconnect supplier for the aerospace and defense industry. In addition to high performance wire and cable, the company began supplying shrinkable tubing, termination devices and wire identification systems.

Arnold Petsche became the Chairman of the Board in 2001. A.E. Petsche Company later expanded internationally and expanded the product portfolio of the company to include aerospace connectors. In 2009, Arrow Electronics acquired the A.E. Petsche Company. The foundation of strength and innovation built by Arnold Petsche and his successors lives on in the culture of what Arrow and A.E. Petsche Company represent today — we are constantly looking to innovate for our customers and are thinking "Five Years Out."


Our team includes more than 200 employees worldwide across 21 locations in 11 countries.

Arlington, TX USA

Everett, WA USA

Hartford, CT USA

Islandia, NY USA

Joplin, MO USA

Los Angeles, CA USA

Phoenix, AZ USA

Poway, CA USA

Plantation, FL USA

Wichita, KS USA

Montreal, OC CAN

Chihuahua, MX

Mexicali, MX

Nogales, MX

Querétaro, MX

Berkshire, UK

Frankfurt, DE

Paris, FR

Rome, IT

Turnhout, BE

Bangalore, IN

Shanghai, CN


A.E. Petsche and Arrow are guiding innovation forward in the following categories to help you create a better tomorrow:

Aerospace & Defense


Data Center

Power Management

Internet of Things






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