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Rockwell International

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1973 Rockwell Standard Corporation merged with Rockwell Manufacturing Co, run by Willard Rockwell, Jr., to form Rockwell International.

1973 acquired Admiral Radio and TV

1979 the appliance division was sold to Magic Chef.

1980 Rockwell International advertised the role of its European operations in the automotive industry[1]:

  • Rockwell Maudslay, maker of drive axles
  • Wilmot Breeden, maker of power operated door latches and many other components
  • Industrias Teluq, latches
  • CIM, of France, window regulators, latches, motors, etc
  • Rubery Owen-Rockwell, trailer axles, suspensions, etc
  • Rockwell Bremsen, of Germany, brakes
  • Rockwell Golde, of Germany, sun roofs, etc
  • Rockwell-Thompson, car frames
  • Rockwell International SA, of France, sealed disc brakes

as well as its automotive operations worldwide

1980s The company became the largest U.S. defense contractor and largest NASA contractor.

1985 Acquired the privately held Allen-Bradley Co and became a producer of railroad electronics.

Organized into nine major divisions — Space, Aircraft, Defense Electronics, Commercial Electronics, Light Duty Automotive Components, Heavy Duty Automotive Components, Printing Presses, Valves and Meters, and Industrial Automation.

At the end of the 1980s, the company sold its valve and meter division, formerly Rockwell Manufacturing, to BTR Industries.

Also sold its printing press division to an internal management team.

1996 The defence and aerospace business, including what was once North American Aviation and Rocketdyne, were sold to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Spun-off the semiconductor products as Conexant Technologies and the automotive division as a publicly traded company, Meritor Automotive.

2001 The remaining business was split in 2 - Rockwell Automation and Rockwell Collins, both publicly traded companies.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Oct. 17, 1980