How Old is the Honeywell Company?
The Honeywell Company is 112 years old as of 2018. It was originally founded as the Honeywell Heating Specialty Company in 1906 in Wabash, Indiana by Mark C. Honeywell. The company originally specialized in heating and cooling systems, before moving into other industries later on.
In 1927, the company merged with the Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company. This merger changed the company's name to the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulatory Company. Then in 1961, the company changed its name to Honeywell. This was done to better identify the company as more than just a heating and cooling company. And in 1969, Honeywell entered the security industry by acquiring the Security Burglar Alarm Company. In that sense, one could say that Honeywell's security division will be 50 years old in 2019.
While Honeywell was thriving in other industries, their initial entry into home security was a struggle. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, Honeywell attempted to gain footing in the home security industry, but with marginal success. This changed in the very early 2000s when Honeywell acquired the Pittway,Corporation. This company owned Ademco, which had been producing top-quality security equipment since 1929. So since Honeywell's current security segment is largely tied-in with Ademco, one could say that Honeywell's security roots are 89 years old.
The acquisition of Pittway and Ademco gave Honeywell the resources it needed to thrive in the security and fire protection industries. Ademco equipment was soon rebranded with the Honeywell name. This included the Ademco VISTA Series, which became the Honeywell VISTA Series. Since then, Honeywell has done an excellent job of carrying on the Ademco legacy.
Honeywell has continued to produce excellent security equipment in more recent years. Their Honeywell LYNX Touch Series was one of the first lineups of successful wireless touchscreen alarm systems. And today, the Honeywell Lyric Controller is one of the finest alarm systems available.
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