The Valley Chamber of Commerce recently honored Hubbell for 125 years of business.
"The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to say that this global leader's magnificent corporate headquarters is located right here in our Valley at 40 Waterview Drive in Shelton," the presenter said. "Hubbell Inc. is an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications."
He added that its 2012 revenues were $3 billion. It has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, China, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia.
In 1888, Harvey Hubbell opened his first facility in a small loft on Middle Street in Bridgeport.
He eventually developed the "pull socket" electrical light switch, patented in 1896. He then moved to a larger facility in Bridgeport and developed more products.
"The company's first published catalogue contained 12 pages and 63 different electrical products," according to the presenter.
The company also prospered in WWII with battery charging systems for M-4 tanks, vacuum tube sockets for radio communications and electrical and electronic connectors for aircraft.
At the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce award presentation to Hubbell Inc. are, from left, Phil White, chamber board chairman; Steve Mais, Hubbell vice president of human resources; Jim Biggart, Hubbell vice president and treasurer; and George Mitchell Jr., chamber director.