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Arthur Collins founded Collins Radio Company in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the purpose of designing and producing both shortwave radio equipment and equipment for the burgeoning AM broadcast industry. As their reputation for fine quality and uncompromising construction grew, Collins was solicited by the military, the scientific community and by the larger AM radio stations for special equipment. Collins was able to continually change and enhance, broaden and diversify their equipment, becoming a dominant force in the radio equipment industry.
The Collins Radio Company was purchased by Rockwell International in 1973. In 2001, the avionics division of Rockwell International was spun off to form the current Rockwell Collins, Inc., retaining its name. Rockwell Collins is highly concentrated in the defense and commercial avionics markets and no longer markets receivers to the public. The company’s products and systems are primarily focused on aviation applications and integrated system solutions. The products it provides to its served markets include communications, navigation, automated flight control, displays/surveillance, simulation and training, integrated electronics and information management systems. Rockwell Collins also provides a range of services and support to its customers through a network of service centers, including equipment repair and overhaul, service parts, field service engineering, training, technical information services and aftermarket used equipment sales.
In September 2017, Rockwell Collins announced that it had agreed to be acquired by United Technologies for $30 billion USD. The transaction is projected to close by the third quarter of 2018, subject to approval by Rockwell Collins’ shareowners, as well as other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals. Upon completion of the transaction, Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems will be integrated to create a new business unit named Collins Aerospace Systems, expected to generate an estimated $500+ million of run-rate pre-tax cost synergies by year four. Kelly Ortberg will retain the title of CEO with this new business unit. It’s a very exciting time at Rockwell Collins!