Our History

OUR BEGINNINGS

1979

As a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Navy veteran, and after years of working in executive management at Westinghouse and Raytheon, Robert “Bob” Knight opted to go out on his own and founded Knight Electronics, Inc. He headquartered the company in Dallas, Texas and began manufacturing basic electronic components through partnerships with Asian manufacturing facilities in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.

1981

Knight Educational Products was formed to fill in the need in the market for a supply solution for large educational institutions with electronics training programs.

1995

Orion Fans was created due to the significant number of requests Knight Electronics began receiving for thermal management products. Orion Fans has since grown into one of the world’s largest and most expansive product lines for thermal management products and accessories.

John Knight

2014

After 25 years in the company in various roles, Bob Knight’s son and Vice President of the company, John Knight, succeeded Bob as the President of Knight Electronics, Inc. 

Also a Veteran, John spent his childhood years as a self proclaimed tinkerer. He enjoyed building science experiments and electronics products in his garage. Building on his innate curiosity for engineering and science he graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and later from Southern Methodist University with a Masters degree. John’s affinity for building and learning as well as his expertise in supply chain logistics and manufacturing has continued to help grow Knight Electronics.

2017

Knight Electronics is no stranger to manufacturing audio products but as we received more audio projects from our customers, Io Audio Technologies was created. We quickly rose to fill the gaps and bring unprecedented value to the pro AVL (audio, video, and lighting)and connector marketplace.

Knight Electronics Warehouse

2018

A new building addition doubled the size of our warehouse and production facility in Dallas, Texas