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Rockwell Standard Corporation

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Rockwell Standard division of North American Rockwell

1958 Rockwell Spring and Axle Co was renamed Rockwell Standard Corporation, one of the largest suppliers of parts to the vehicle industry. It produced a wide variety of automobile parts, such as transmissions, gears, springs, bumpers, and especially axles for lorries, buses, streetcars, tractors and other motorized vehicles.

1967 Rockwell Standard, based in Pittsburgh, acquired North American Aviation of Los Angeles to form North American Rockwell.

It then purchased or merged with Miehle-Goss-Dexter, the largest supplier of printing presses

1972 Acquired the Pressings Division of John Thompson. The Ettingshall factory employed about 1000 at that time. Rockwell had recently purchased Maudslay Motor Co of Alcester from Leyland Motors; the Pressings Division supplied axle castings to Maudslay [1].

1973 Acquired Collins Radio, a major avionics supplier.

1973 the company merged with Rockwell Manufacturing Co, run by Willard Rockwell, Jr., to form Rockwell International.

1973 acquired Admiral Radio and TV

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 19 December 1972