Stonewall Cable does first Olympics

An employee of Stonewall Cable in Rumney works on a cable assembly. The 31-year-old company's products are being used to help broadcast the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

RUMNEY — Its equipment has been used to help broadcast a Super Bowl, professional basketball and hockey games, college sports and — since Aug. 5 — Stonewall Cable has helped bring the 2016 Summer Olympics into homes throughout North America.

Located on a campus in the shadow of Tenney Mountain, Stonewall Cable was founded in 1985 in nearby Plymouth. The privately-held company has 70 employees and operates out of a 15,000-square-foot headquarters/manufacturing facility.

Earlier this year, Stonewall received a call from NBC Olympics, for whom it later manufactured and shipped customized cables, including cables with custom lengths, specialty jackets, and specialty exit angles, to Rio de Janiero, where they were installed at various Olympic venues.

“This is the first Olympics we’ve made cable for,” said Stonewall’s Anthony LaMonica. The distinction “created a little bit of a buzz around here when we found out just how our work and our cables are being utilized in such interesting projects and how much of an impact they can make globally.”

Stonewall has competitors in the manufacture of cables for audio, video and data, but it also has a unique niche in the industry that gives it an advantage over them, LaMonica said.

“Everything is customized. We don’t stock anything pre-made,” he said. “If a customer needs a cable 38.4-feet long, we’ll make it that way, and with the jacket and connectors.”

Stonewall is registered with the U.S. State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and also is ISO 9001 certified, “and, basically, what all that means,” explained LaMonica, “is we can sell to the government and the military and to government contractors” that include Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

While most of its customers have terrestrial applications, Stonewall cables are also being used in the Event Horizon Telescope, with the mission of studying the Sagittarius A* black hole in the Milky Way galaxy.

“Everyone here takes pride in seeing that the end product is being used for some pretty cool projects,” LaMonica said. “Once we send cables out to a customer there’s a good chance that they’re going to buy again from us. We sell the highest quality cable, and its durability and reliability are all tested twice” before leaving the factory.

Whereas other cable manufacturers test one cable per batch, “we test every cable, and it’s things like that that customers appreciate,” LaMonica said.

Monday, January 27, 2020