MILWAUKEE - Employees at the three HellermannTyton Milwaukee facilities and Romeoville, IL created and linked chains of cable ties to break a Guinness World Record.
As part of HellermannTyton North America’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration in 2019, the company decided breaking a record would be a great way to cap off the milestone. The record for longest chain of cable ties stood at 15,459 (despite the record title, it is for number of ties, not length).
For weeks, employees placed individual chain sections in plastic bags, boxes and gaylords. When the team at the Faulkner Road headquarters combined them all, the total exceeded 80,000 ties.
Guinness World Records requires the ties to be officially counted by impartial “witnesses” who aren’t affiliated with the company or its employees. Witnesses were selected and invited to the counting event, officially known as the record attempt, on November 23, 2019. Local news outlets were present when we broke the existing record. This story was posted by one of them.
After more than eight hours of counting ties in the chain, the tally reached 43,000 - just over 2-1/2 miles in length. This more than doubled the existing record. Evidence, including video footage of the entire 8-1/2 hour-long counting process, was collected and sent to Guinness World Records for verification.
On December 23, 2019, at 2:12 a.m. local time, the records management team declared the employees of HellermannTyton North America a Guinness World Records Title Holder.
The company wishes to thank the witnesses who selflessly gave up part of their Saturday: Judy Dollhausen, Friends of Havenwoods State Forest; Gene Wright, Milwaukee School of Engineering; Sally Vliet, Medical College of Wisconsin; Anne O’Meara, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Edwin Huertas, Office of Governor Tony Evers and Toni Biscobing, City of Milwaukee.
HellermannTyton believes in protecting the environment. The cable tie chain was sent to plastics recyclers to be converted into carpeting.
HellermannTyton is a global leader in cable management and protection products, identification systems and network connectivity solutions. Its systems and solutions are specified by major manufacturers and contractors in the OEM, data communications, automotive, heavy equipment, renewable energy and related industries. The company's engineered solutions and innovative products are designed and constructed to meet the strictest quality standards while delivering reliable implementation at the lowest cost. HellermannTyton operates in 39 countries, with North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (https://www.hellermann.tyton.us/)