Collins Aerospace Company History Timeline


1935: The factory portion of Collins moves to 7th and First Avenue, Cedar Rapids


In 1936, Collins had begun production of the 12H audio console, 12X portable field announcers box, and the 300E and 300F broadcast transmitters.


1937: The factory moves back to 2920 First Avenue, Cedar Rapids


1942 is the date the original company-owned building opened on 35th St N.E.


1961: Collins' Western Division moves from Burbank to Newport Beach, California,("Collins History is Record of "Firsts" Orange County Industrial News, 1961)


1971: Collins Radio Company merges with Rockwell International Corp.; After the merger, Arthur serves on the Board of Directors


1972: Robert C. Wilson named President & Chief Executive Officer of Collins Radio Company; Art Collins leaves Collins Radio to form Arthur A. Collins Consulting, Inc.


In 1973, the United States Skylab program used Collins equipment to provide communication from the astronauts to earth.

After facing financial difficulties, the Collins Radio Company was purchased by Rockwell International in 1973.


Sony had purchased the business from Sundstrand Corporation in 1989.


1998: Collins sells Railroad Electronics to WABCO, (August 1998 press release)


On April 28, 2000, Rockwell International Corp and its Rockwell Collins unit agreed to acquire Sony Corp's Sony Trans Com (Irvine, California) for undisclosed terms.

2000: Collins buys Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics, (October 2000 press release)

On December 20, 2000, Rockwell Collins expanded its services to commercial and executive aviation in Mercosur countries.


In 2001, the avionics division of Rockwell International was spun off to form the current Rockwell Collins, Inc, retaining its name.


In 2010, the company employed over 20,000 people and had an annual turnover of US$4.665 billion.


In August 2013, Kelly Ortberg was appointed CEO of Rockwell Collins.


The company was among the major suppliers of in-flight entertainment (IFE). Rockwell Collins' key competitors in this industry included Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Thales Group, and JetBlue's IFE subsidiary LiveTV, which was later purchased by Thales in 2014 for $400 million.


On September 4, 2017, United Technologies of Farmington, Connecticut, agreed to acquire the company for $30 billion.


2018: Rockwell Collins, Inc. is merged with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) to form Collins Aerospace.

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