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About CHERRY

From our technological innovations, custom product developments and global manufacturing capabilities to our performance record and customer successes, CHERRY is the best pick for your application.

 

CHERRY’S Accomplishments Through The Years

When it comes to commercial, industrial and rugged applications, CHERRY product performance meets the highest standards for quality, reliability, and durability. With applications such as automotive, medical devices, consumer appliances, security and safety, our customers cannot afford failure.

1953

April 17, 1953 Walter CHERRY establishes CHERRY Electrical Products in the basement of a Highland Park, Illinois restaurant.

1954

In the first year, company sales amounted to $200,000 and the company earned a $15,000 profit.

1963

CHERRY establishes its first European operation in CHERRY Mikroschalter GmbH, West Germany.

1965

CHERRY enters the U. S. Automotive market.

1969

CHERRY GmbH moved into its newly-built premises in Bayreuth.

1970

CHERRY builds a 345,000 Sq. Ft. corporate office and manufacturing facility in Waukegan, Illinois.

1972

CHERRY establishes a joint venture, Hirose CHERRY Precision Company in Kawaski, Japan.

1972

CHERRY expands its European operations to England and opens CHERRY Electrical Products Ltd.

1973

CHERRY introduces the Keyboard line.

1977

CHERRY acquires Micro Components Corporation in Rhode Island and renames the business CHERRY Semiconductor Corporation.

1978

CHERRY becomes a publicly traded company.

1979

CHERRY GmbH moved into its new facility in Auerbach/Opf.

1980

CHERRY expands European operations again; this time with a sales and distribution center in France.

1984

CHERRY reaches over $100 million in sales.

1988

Cherasia Ltd. is established in Hong Kong.

1989

CHERRY reaches over $200 million in sales.

1992

Worldwide sales are expanded to Australia with the founding of CHERRY Australia Pty. Ltd in Melbourne.

1993

CHERRY SRO operation is founded in the Czech Republic.

1993

First ISO-9001 certification awarded at plant in Auerbach, Germany.

1994

CHERRY formed TVS CHERRY Private Ltd, a joint venture in India with the TVS Group.

1995

CHERRY reaches over $300 million in sales.

1995

CHERRY GmbH in Auerbach, Germany became one of the first European manufacturers to achieve ISO-14001 certification.

1996

CHERRY Electrical Products division is moved to a new, 153,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

1997

CHERRY de Mexico is founded in Juarez, Mexico.

2000

CHERRY Semiconductor Corporation is sold and CHERRY Corporation becomes privately held.

2004

Opening of 50,000 Sq. Ft. North American distribution center in El Paso, TX.

2005

CHERRY reaches nearly $400 million in sales.

2005

Over 80% of all passenger cars produced within Europe are equipped with CHERRY switches or sub-assemblies.

2005

CHERRY is awarded the ‘Best Production Plant’ in Europe.

2005

Opening of CHERRY Japan sales office.

2005

Opening of CHERRY Zhuhai, Ltd. In Zhuhai, China.

2008

Acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen opens new doors to growth.

2012

CHERRY added the EZClean® keyboard to their healthcare and industrial portfolio.

2014

Fully automated keyboard production equipment is added to our Zhuhai factory.

2016

Cherry Americas, LLC is established.

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