Thomas & Betts Compression Connector Brands Become Blackburn Featuring the Color-Keyed System

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Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2013 – Thomas & Betts has combined its two brands of compression connectors, Blackburn and Color-Keyed, into one brand, Blackburn Featuring the Color-Keyed System, to capitalize on industry recognition of both brands.

“Blackburn compression connectors are widely used in the construction industry, while Color-Keyed compression connectors are favored among maintenance electricians in industrial plants,” said Chad Smith, vice president, product management and marketing, at Thomas & Betts. “Thomas & Betts developed the Color-Keyed System for matching dies and connectors more than 50 years ago, which greatly simplified the process; it has become the universal system of identifying compression connections in inspection.

“We are positioning Blackburn as our flagship brand for connectors and grounding, of which Color-Keyed compression connectors will be a part. The Color-Keyed product line is by no means being discontinued; we are simply integrating the branding of the two product lines. We expect that the reputation of both brands will reinforce each other as we make the transition to Blackburn compression connectors, featuring the Color-Keyed System and that there will be potential cost savings with the reduction of SKUs.”

In addition to a comprehensive line of compression connectors, the Blackburn brand includes a complete line of overhead, grounding and mechanical connectors for a broad range of applications. Blackburn compression connectors, featuring the Color-Keyed System, will apply a unique tooling system that Thomas & Betts developed, which uses distinct, hexagonal, color-coded dies that compress conductors into a nearly solid configuration for a superior electrical bond. 

For more information about Blackburn Featuring the Color-Keyed® System compression connectors from Thomas & Betts, visit and look for Blackburn on the "Brands" tab, or call (800) 816-7809.