Throughout 2014, AFL celebrated 30 years of connecting with a yearlong celebration.
AFL was formed as a joint venture on November 28, 1984 by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), and Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. Initially, AFL manufactured one product at its Duncan, SC, facility: fiber optic ground wire (OPGW). In 2005, Fujikura, with global sales of approximately $6 billion, assumed 100% ownership of AFL and moved AFL's headquarters to Duncan, SC.
As part of the Fujikura family of companies, AFL is part of a company with a long history and track record of success. Fujikura has been in business for 130 years and is one of the oldest manufacturers of cables and wires in Japan. Telecommunications has been a core business within Fujikura and has been a significant contributor to Fujikura's growth.
Since then, we’ve added products and services that have fueled our growth and positioned us to provide truly integrated solutions. Today, we offer thousands of products and services to our customers worldwide. More importantly, we are dedicated to making a difference.
Read the Upstate Business Journal article that showcases AFL’s 30-year milestone.
AFL’s 30th anniversary marked a milestone worth celebrating, and we did so by giving back to our associates, customers, communities, vendors/partners and the general public.
To celebrate AFL’s 30-year anniversary, AFL associates, friends and family built a Habitat for Humanity® home in Greer, South Carolina. The build commenced March 1 when the framework was installed and volunteers joined together in a ceremonial wall-raising. Over the course of four months, 238 AFL associates volunteered their time nailing, painting, landscaping and cleaning to support the Crichlow family, new homeowners. On June 28, AFL volunteers and Habitat for Humanity staff and board members dedicated the home with the presentation of keys and additional house warming gifts.
To further honor AFL’s 2014 milestone, all AFL locations across the world gave back to their own communities through 30 days of service. In April 2014, each location participated in various projects to better their communities, including ACT projects, tree plantings, food drives and more!
AFL’s Duncan location enjoyed a Fall Festival in October 2014. This family-focused event featured games, face painting, pumpkin painting, a Ferris Wheel, a blow-up obstical course, a Crackin slide, BBQ, cotton candy and funnel cakes! More than 1,100 AFL associates and their families attended the event. Smaller parties were held around the world in other AFL locations to mark the 30-year milestone.
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