General Cable is a company based in Highland Heights, Kentucky, with sales offices and manufacturing facilities in several countries. General Cable manufactures and distributes copper, aluminum, and optical fiber cables, for energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications sectors. General Cable was incorporated in New Jersey in 1927, merging several older companies founded in the 19th century, including Phillips Wire and Safety Cable Company, Rome Wire Company, and Standard Underground Cable. The CEO of General Cable is Michael McDonnell. General Cable was owned by Penn Central from 1981 to 1992. General Cable is a Fortune 500 company.