Company History

Carling Technologies has four ISO registered manufacturing facilities, employs over 2200 people and enjoys a worldwide network of sales and distribution of its productions.

Established

February 14, 1920

Founder, Arthur Carling, established Carling Tool and Machine Company located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. As a skilled toolmaker, his work was specific to tool, dies and special machinery.

Tools and Dies

1920's

Arthur Carling and Carling Tool & Machine were known for creating many tools, dies and special machinery.

First Manufactured Product

1920's

Carling Tool and Machine Company’s first manufactured product was a duster brush. This handheld brush was made for home and factory use.

New Location

December 1930

Headquarters moves to 620 Capital Ave, Hartford, Connecticut, USA from the previous Asylum Ave, Hartford location.

Product Expansion

1940's

Carling begins engineering and manufacturing Switches.

Name Change

March 6, 1944

Due to the emerging electrical industry, Arthur Carling legally changed the name of the company to Carling Electric Inc.

President Change

1948

Founder, Arthur Carling was succeeded as President by his son, Arthur Richard Carling.

New Location

November 1, 1950

Headquarters moves to New Park Avenue, West Hartford, CT, USA from the previous Asylum Street, Hartford location.

President Change

1950

Arthur Richard Carling was succeeded as President by his brother-in-law, Wesley T. Sorenson.

Incorporation in Europe

1969

Carling makes its first step towards global expansion. March 27th, 1969.

Location Expansion

1969

Manufacturing facility opens in Matamoros, Mexico. After 9 years of operation this location moved its facility to Matahuela, Mexico in November 1978.

Location Expansion

1971

Manufacturing facility opens in Brownsville, Texas, USA.

Name Change

1974

Carling legally changed the name of the company to Carlingswitch Inc.

President Change

1975

Richard Sorenson, Sr., son of Wesley Sorenson, joined the company in 1969 and succeeded his father as President in 1975. Richard Sorenson, grandson of the founder, continues to lead the growth of Carling Technologies as President.

Product Expansion

1978

Carling begins engineering and manufacturing Circuit Breakers.

New Location

1987

Worldwide Headquarters moves to 60 Johnson Avenue, Plainville, CT, USA from the previous West Hartford location.

Location Expansion

1988

Europe/Middle East/Africa Headquarters opens in Exeter, Devon, England. First parcel of land was purchased in Exeter in 1988 and the second parcel of land was purchased in 2003.

Location Expansion

October 3, 1994

Asia-Pacific Headquarters opens in Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

Name Change

September 1, 2000

Carling legally changed the name of the company to Carling Technologies Inc.

4th Generation Leadership

January 2012

Richard W. Sorenson, Jr., Executive VP, SVP North/South Americas Operations
Richard started in 10/21/2001 as Director of Strategic Markets.

Jennifer S. Buddenhagen, Executive VP, SVP Global Marketing
Jennifer started in 09/06/1999 as Director of Marketing.

Christopher T. Sorenson, Executive VP, SVP International Sales
Christopher started in 11/15/2004 as Director of International Sales.

Business Acquisition

2004

Moritz Corporation was acquired in 2004. Integrated marine side and spun off Aerospace division in 2012.

Location Expansion

2005

Manufacturing facility opens in Zhongshan, China.

Going Green

March 2015

Worldwide Headquarters installs state-of-the-art Solar Photovoltaic System. It is comprised of 1,710 solar panels and is expected to produce over 630,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.