Past Meets Present

Behind the Banneker Name

Banneker Industries is named after Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), the first recognized African American mathematician, astronomer and inventor.
He is credited with making the first American striking clock, publishing several almanacs and was influential in the design of our nation’s capitol. For more information on Benjamin Banneker visit here.


Cheryl Watkins Snead, Banneker Founder

Much like Benjamin Banneker, Cheryl was always interested in how things worked. That natural curiosity led her to the University of Massachusetts where she became the first African-American woman to earn her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Only a decade after her graduation, she began Banneker Industries. Read more about Cheryl as covered by MBE Magazine.

Company Overview

 Who is Banneker?


Banneker's Beginnings 

Like other world class businesses, Banneker Industries was born of one person’s passion and vision to do things better. Cheryl Watkins Snead, a former Mechanical Engineer at General Electric, founded Banneker Industries in 1991. Recognizing the shift in U.S. manufacturing, Cheryl transitioned the Company from a top manufacturer of precision machined components to a supply chain management provider delivering tailored solutions to a wide range of industries. With over 20 years of sustained growth, Cheryl has established Banneker as one of the country’s leading privately held supply chain management solutions providers.


Banneker Today

Today Banneker is a world class provider of supply chain solutions, specializing in third and fourth-party logistics (3PL/4PL) services. Headquartered in Rhode Island and with operations in Alabama and California, “Team Banneker” delivers value to their Customers through a unique mix of 3PL services including Value-Added Warehousing, Procurement Management, Inspection, Kitting, Packaging & Fulfillment, Distribution and Onsite Services.

As an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 certified company, Banneker leverages a highly capable Lean Six Sigma trained Team who reflects their commitment to provide Customers with the most innovative and high quality services available in the market today. Banneker uniquely understands the underlying processes involved in managing Customer product enabling them to cost effectively provide solutions to multiple customers in diverse domestic and international markets including Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing, Retail, Government and e-Commerce. Banneker is proud to name Raytheon Company, Harris Corporation, Johnson Controls, Inc., CVS/Caremark, BAE Systems and Honeywell as Customers who have turned to them to help consolidate and strengthen their supply chains.


Banneker's Future

Banneker continues to leverage their diverse service offerings and supply chain expertise with cutting edge technology and the latest continuous improvement tools/methodologies to create customer value. Responding to the ever changing needs of Customers in a fiercely competitive global economy, Banneker's strategy is to build on their competitive advantage while growing their operations both in the U.S. and abroad to deliver a true end-to-end supply chain solution. 

Banneker is a certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Women Business Enterprise (WBE)/Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

AS9100, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company