New England’s once-formidable textile industry is largely gone, but in Connecticut, its legacy continues in manufacturing of wire and cable products used for electric utilities, power plants, trains and industry.

In East Granby, Marmon Engineered Wire & Cable LLC operates a research and development center looking at ways to develop engineered cables for harsh industrial applications. The intent is to come up with products that use fewer materials, provide sensing elements to spot and fix troubles and otherwise build next-generation cables and wires.

And it runs a nearly century-old factory nearby making a vast range of cables, wires and materials and another plant in Seymour that has been in business since 1854.

“We reinvent ourselves every year,” said Dennis Chalk, president of the company. “What we’re looking for is a special niche.”

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