Rooted in innovation
Rooted in the sale of radio parts in downtown Manhattan, Avnet was founded in 1921 and has since grown into a leading global distributor of electronic components, IT solutions, enterprise IT solutions, embedded technology and services.
Connecting vital equipment
The onset of the Korean conflict in 1950 set business thriving for Avnet founder Charles Avnet and his sons Lester and Robert. The three Avnet men busily assembled electronic connectors for missile systems, airplanes and other applications to their customers’ specifications. The company incorporated as Avnet Electronic Supply Co. in 1955 and complementary components such as capacitors, fasteners and switches soon followed.