Newark element14

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Type Subsidiary
Industry Electronic components
Founded 1934
Headquarters Chicago, USA
Area served North America
Key people Tom Hudak (President)[1]
Employees 1,500
Parent Premier Farnell plc

Newark element14, sometimes called Newark Corporation, Newark or Newark Element14, is a Chicago-based electronic components distribution company serving North America and parts of Central and South America. Founded in 1934 as Newark Electric, a small Chicago shop selling radio parts, the company is now a subsidiary of catalog distributor Premier Farnell and is the sixth largest electronics distributor worldwide.[2][3]


The firm was first established in 1934 as Newark Electric, a small shop in Chicago that sold radio parts.[4] The name Newark pays homage to Newark, New Jersey, the site of the United States’ first radio station.[4][5] In 1968 Newark was acquired by the Premier Industrial Corporation and became the corporation's Electronics Distribution Division.[6] In 1996 the Premier Industrial Corporation was bought by Farnell Electronics and became part of the Premier Farnell Group.[6] At this point Newark Electronics was moved into Premier Farnell's Marketing and Distribution Division, where it has remained to date.[7]


Newark markets and distributes electronic components and test equipment for engineers and maintenance professionals throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Products include connectors, relays, switches, semiconductors and other equipment from companies including Texas Instruments, 3M, Belden, Freescale and Honeywell, among others. Newark is headquartered in Chicago, but its warehouse, used to serve customers throughout the Americas, is based in Gaffney, South Carolina.[8] The company is one of only two U.S. distributors of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.[3] In September 2014 the company will move its operations from 4801 N. Ravenswood Ave. to a high-rise in the Chicago Loop.[9]

element14 Community[edit]

Newark element14 is home to the element14 Community, an online information hub and forum for electrical engineers.[10] As of July 2014, the community has more than 250,000 members. It is also home to element14's The Ben Heck Show, a popular online TV program featuring Internet celebrity modder Benjamin Heckendorn.

Environmental Awareness[edit]

Newark has been a sponsor of the environmental design competition "Live-Edge" since 2007.[11] The competition offers prize money and marketing and distribution funds to the creators and potential winners of energy efficient electronics.[12]


  • Spend Management Excellence Award from Ariba - 2009[13]
  • Performance Excellence Award from Boeing - 2009[14]
  • Distributor of the Year from WAGO - 2009[15]


  1. ^ Richard Wilson (22 November 2013). "Newark element14 gets a new president". Electronics Weekly. 
  2. ^ Victoria Fraza Kickham (30 April 2013). "Top 50 Distributors 2013". Global Purchasing. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sandra Guy. "How A 79-Year-Old Company Found Itself At The Center Of The Maker Revolution". Chicago Grid. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "We are uniting our brands". Newark element14. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Thomas H. White. "News and Entertainment by Telephone (1876-1929)". United States Early Radio History. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Our Company > History". Premier Farnell. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Our Company > Our Businesses". Premier Farnell. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Newark Electronics". Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Micah Maidenberg (8 July 2013). "Ravenswood company plans to move 350 jobs downtown". Crain's Chicago Business. 
  10. ^ "Development kit prize marks birthday of element14 Community". Electronics News. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Farnell launches Live Edge international design competition". Ferret. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Suzanne Deffree (9 October 2008). "Premier Farnell/Newark's $100K green design competition open". EDN. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ariba Honors Newark with 2009 Spend Management Excellence Award". Newark element14. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Boeing Presents Performance Excellence Award to Newark—Again". Newark element14. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "WAGO Names Newark 'National Distributor of the Year'". PressReleasePoint. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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