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National Instruments Company History Timeline

1976
The company was launched in 1976, in the garage of one of its three cofounders.
In 1976, working in the garage at Truchard's home, the three founded a new company.
1977
1977 Kelly Air Force Base of San Antonio becomes the company s first customer.
Because the trio were still employed by the University of Texas, in 1977 they hired their first full-time employee, Kim Harrison-Hosen, who handled orders, billing, and customer inquiries.
1978
As sales increased, they were able to move into a real office space in 1978, occupying a 600-square-foot 56 m office at 9513 Burnet Road in Austin, Texas.
1980
In 1980 Truchard, Kodosky, and Nowlin quit their jobs to devote themselves full-time to National Instruments, and at the end of the year moved the company to a larger office, renting 5,000 square feet 500 m of office space.
1983
In 1983 National Instruments reached an organizational milestone, developing their first GPIB board to connect instruments to IBM PCs.
1986
1986 LabVIEW, National Instruments pioneering graphical system-design software, is launched.
1987
1987 The first international office opens in Japan.
1993
With LabVIEW now available to a much larger audience, in 1993 the company reached the milestone of 100 million in annual sales.
1995
When the company chose to go public in 1995, over 300 current and former employees owned stock.
1996
By 1996, the company had reached 200 million in annual sales, and was named to Forbes magazine's 200 Best Small Companies list.
2000
2000 Fortune names National Instruments to its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
2001
2001 Hungary becomes home to National Instruments first overseas manufacturing facility.
2009
2009 National Instruments finds it 10th consecutive year on Fortune s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
2010
2010 Construction begins on a R D and operations facility in Malaysia.
2011
2011 National Instruments surpasses the 1 billion revenue mark for the first time.
2020
On June 16, 2020, National Instruments announced that they were officially changing the company's name to NI. A letter from President and CEO Eric Starkloff explained the change.
Founded
1976
Company Founded
Headquarters
Austin, TX
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Founders
Bill Nowlin,James Truchard,Jeff Kodosky
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