We are proud of our 75 years of accomplishments. As we continue to grow, Richardson Electronics is dedicated to investing in our diverse employee base, new technologies, and services enabling us to provide quality products and engineered solutions to more than 20,000 customers we serve throughout the world.

Our History

Find out how Richardson Electronics started and where we are today. Select dates on the timeline to learn more about the people and events which have shaped Richardson Electronics over the years.

  • 1945

    1945

    Arthur Richardson takes a job with the faltering Majestic Radio...
  • 1947

    1947

    Arthur H. Richardson, Inc. is founded on May 31, 1947.
  • 1952

    1952

    Arthur Richardson opens a office in Chicago.
  • 1960

    1960

    The company relocates its offices to 608 S. Dearborn, Chicago.
  • 1961

    1961

    Edward J. Richardson joins the company, working alongside his...
  • 1963

    1963

    The company changes its name to Richardson Electronics, Ltd. and...
  • 1968

    1968

    Richardson reaches its first million dollars in sales.
  • 1974

    1974

    Arthur Richardson, Sr. retires and Ed Richardson becomes President.
  • 1979

    1979

    The company expands into new markets. Key suppliers are added...
  • 1981

    1981

    National Electronics, Cetron Electronics & JSH Electronics...
  • 1982

    1982

    The first European Sales Office opens in Lincoln, England.
  • 1983

    1983

    Richardson Electronics, Ltd. goes public. 700,000 shares of stock is...
  • 1984

    1984

    Richardson Electronics acquires Calvert Holding Company...
  • 1985

    1985

    Sales offices open in Toronto, Canada and Paris, France.
  • 1986

    1986

    Corporate Headquarters relocates to LaFox, Illinois.
  • 1987

    1987

    Richardson signs distribution agreements with Motorola...
  • 1988

    1988

    European Manufacturing operations relocate to Brive, France.
  • 1980

    1989

    Richardson Electronics restructures into four strategic business units...
  • 1995

    1995

    Richardson Electronics, Ltd. becomes ISO 9002 compliant.
  • 1996

    1996

    Richardson Electronics acquires Compucon Distributors, Inc.
  • 1997

    1997

    Richardson celebrates 50 years in business...
  • 1998

    1998

    Richardson Electronics acquires PixeLink...
  • 1999

    1999

    Industrial Power Group is established, later becomes...
  • 2000

    2000

    Richardson Electronics acquires Broadcast Richmond and...
  • 2001

    2001

    Richardson Electronics acquires Aviv Electronics of Israel...
  • 2002

    2002

    Richardson forms new fiber optic communications business unit
  • 2003

    2003

    Richardson Electronics, Ltd. becomes ISO 9001:2000 compliant.
  • 2004

    2004

    Richardson Electronics acquires Evergreen Trading company.
  • 2005

    2005

    Florence Richardson celebrates her 100th birthday!
  • 2007

    2007

    Richardson Electronics celebrates its 60th anniversary in business.
  • 2008

    2008

    Richardson launches new brand identity for the Display Systems...
  • 2010

    2010

    Richardson Electronics sells its RF, Wireless and Power Division to...
  • 2011

    2011

    Richardson Electronics acquires Powerlink Specialist Electronics...
  • 2012

    2012

    Richardson Electronics launches redesigned corporate web site.
  • 2014

    2014

    Richardson Electronics launches Richardson Healthcare.
  • 2015

    2015

    Richardson launches Power & Microwave Technologies Group.
  • 2015

    2015

    Richardson Electronics acquires International Medical Equipment...
  • 2015

    2015

    Richardson Electronics launches redesigned corporate web site.
  • 2016

    2016

    Richardson Healthcare announces the opening of...
  • 2017

    2017

    Richardson Electronics celebrates 70th year in business.
  • 2018

    2018

    Richardson Healthcare is awarded ISO 13485:2016 certification.
  • 2018

    2018

    Richardson Healthcare announces the ALTA750™ Replacement...
  • 2019

    2019

    Richardson Healthcare receives CE Mark approval for its ALTA750®.
  • 2020

    2020

    Richardson successfully continued its operations throughout...
  • 2021

    2021

    Richardson Electronics launches the ULTRA3000®...
  • 2022

    2022

    Richardson Electronics celebrates its 75th anniversary!

Why Richardson?

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Employee Spotlight

Without dedicated employees working hard every day and searching for ways to be better, we would not be the company that we are. Our employees’ commitment to Richardson’s vision, mission, and values is unparalleled.

What's New at Richardson?

Richardson Electronics is your industry-leading global provider of engineered solutions. Our business units continue to expand product and service offerings which allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations.

ULTRA3000®

The Richardson Electronics ULTRA3000® Pitch Energy Module (PEM) is an ultracapacitor-based plug and play replacement for batteries within GE wind turbine pitch systems and is compatible with all General Electric (GE)* 20 & 30 Nm pitch systems.

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ALTA750® CT Tube

Richardson Healthcare offers a variety of CT replacement tubes for Toshiba, Philips, Siemens, and GE. Including, the ALTA750® X-Ray Tube – a form, fit, and function replacement for the Toshiba/Canon Medical Systems CXB-750D/4A CT tube.

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15.6" Medical Monitor

15.6" Custom Medical Monitor for customer-specific requirements (different TFT modules for HD-, FHD-resolution, customer-specific logo, touch, coatings, firmware adjustments, customer-specific mainboards, accessory kits, stand, etc.)

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“I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished throughout the company’s 75-year history. It takes a great team of employees and partners to get us where we are today…a company firing on all cylinders. From our legacy products to new engineered solutions, we’ve learned from and evolved with the needs of our global customers. I thank you for your support and ongoing commitment to Richardson Electronics. We’ve been a force for 75 years and will continue to be for at least 75 years more.”

Edward J. Richardson
Chairman of the Board, CEO & President

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