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Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a multinational electronic components distributor in the United States and throughout the world that provides global supply chain management and electronics in design and production solutions. They distribute in excess of six million discrete part numbers and approximately 450,000 custom products.
Founded in 1936 by Robert Pope, Arrow began as a small radio supplies store in New York City. Their initial business was to sell surplus radio supplies acquired from defense contractors after World War II. The company grew rapidly until 1974 when they merged with EEE Corporation; however, this proved to be unprofitable for their shareholders and resulted in a loss of $80 million USD. In response to this early blunder, the board fired Pope's son Anthony (Tony) who had been president since 1966. The company's fortunes began to turn around in 1980 when Anthony returned as president and COO. Tony was named CEO in 1998, a position he holds today at the age of 82.
Arrow has been ranked as one of the top 200 exporters within the United States (by value) by "Forbes" magazine; however, they also rank #7 on Forbes' list for America's Largest Private Companies with annual sales of $15 billion USD and 160 locations throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Arrow is consistently recognized as an employer of choice, receiving recognition from Working Mother Magazine as a Top 50 Employer; HispanicBusiness Magazine as one of the 100 Best Places to Work.