About Us

Richards Manufacturing Company is a producer of electrical and gas distribution equipment for utility and commercial/industrial markets. For over 70 years Richards has served the industry with quality, dependability, and outstanding customer service. With humble beginnings as a family owned and operated business—originally entering the market as a producer of a single style of underground connector—Richards has evolved to offer a wide selection of products across several product lines. Our offices and manufacturing facilities are located in Irvington, NJ—approximately 14 miles west of New York City.


The first product sold by Richards—Split Tinned Copper Connectors—is now accompanied by a wide array of items. Our Connector product line is sub-divided into the following categories:

  • Compression Lugs and Splices
  • Split Tinned Connectors
  • Distribution Equipment
  • Underground Equipment
  • Pole Line Hardware
  • Rubber Products

Medium Voltage:

The Medium Voltage Department designs, tests, and manufacturers Loadbreak and Deadbreak Pre-Molded items for installation on Underground Distribution Systems between 5kV and 35kV. In addition to “standard” products, our selection includes a number of innovative solutions that were designed to solve specific industry issues.

Our facility utilizes advanced injection molding processes and a state-of-the-art high voltage test lab to make a product that is both cost-competitive and reliable.

Natural Gas:

Richards Manufacturing Company supplies natural gas utilities with a wide variety of Meter Connections and Accessories, Manifold Assemblies, and Prefabricated Meter Assemblies.

Network Protectors, Relays, and Network Communications:

Richards is the largest supplier of Network Protectors in the world. We manufacture several designs of Network Protectors from 800 through 5100 Amps. In addition, we recondition utility-owned units and provide a complete array of replacement components.

ETI™ is a division of Richards Manufacturing with extensive engineering and electronics expertise. The portfolio of products offered by ETI includes Microprocessor Network Protector Relays (MNPR®), Transformer/Vault/Network Protector monitoring sensors, and customized SCADA communications enclosures.

ETI helps end-users design and implement monitoring systems for their underground network distribution systems. These custom solutions incorporate information from sensors and MNPR® relays, and provide a means of transmitting, reporting, storing and displaying that data. More than 20 major utilities worldwide depend on ETI’s MNPR® to automate their underground networks.