16 Facts About Rockwell International


Rockwell International was a major American manufacturing conglomerate involved in aircraft, the space industry, defense and commercial electronics, components in the automotive industry, printing presses, avionics and industrial products.

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Rockwell International's predecessor was Rockwell Manufacturing Company, founded in 1919 by Willard Rockwell.

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Boston-born Willard Rockwell International made his fortune with the invention and successful launch of a new bearing system for truck axles in 1919.

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Rockwell International merged his Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based operation with the Timken-Detroit Axle Company in 1928, rising to become chairman of its board in 1940.

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Rockwell International was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Rockwell GMBH Germany and Dikkers Valve Products LLC Netherlands.

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Rockwell International drew on the strengths of several of George Westinghouse's concerns, and Westinghouse is considered a co-founder of the company.

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In 1978, Rockwell International released AIM-65, a one board microprocessor development board based on the MOS Technology 6502.

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Rockwell International was a major employer in Southern California, northern Ohio, northern Georgia, eastern Oklahoma, Michigan, west Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and western Pennsylvania.

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Rockwell International spun off its two automotive divisions as one publicly traded company, Meritor Automotive, based in Troy, Michigan, which then merged with Arvin Industries to form Arvin Meritor.

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That company is known as Meritor, Inc In 1996, Rockwell International sold Graphic Systems, an Illinois-based newspaper and commercial printing press manufacturer, to its internal management team Stonington Partners as part of a new corporation for US$600 million.

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In 2001, what remained of Rockwell International was split into two publicly traded companies, Rockwell Automation and Rockwell Collins, ending the run of what had once been a massive and diverse conglomerate.

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Rockwell International purchased the Aero Design and Engineering Company from William and Rufus Travis Amis.

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Rockwell International redesigned the company's Aero Commander aircraft, introducing its new design as the Rockwell International Commander 112 and Commander 114.

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In 1967 Rockwell International set up its own manufacturing plant to produce them, starting North American Rockwell International MicroElectronics Corp.

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Rockwell International built yachts and business jets and owned large amounts of real estate.

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Rockwell International had a major research laboratory complex in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California.

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