Honeywell came into being through Albert Butz’s 1885 invention of the damper flapper, which thermostatically controlled the dampers on a coal-fired stove, and subsequent innovations in electric motors and process controls by Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company. In 1906, Mark C. Honeywell founded Honeywell Heating Specialty Co., Inc. in Wabash, Indiana. In 1927, the companies merged to form the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company.
The company is founded by Albert Butz
as Butz Thermo-Electric Regulator Co.
of Minneapolis, later known as
Minneapolis Heat Regulator Co.
The company moves to a new factory in Minneapolis – nicknamed the “bowling alley” — consisting of one large room heated by two stoves. In addition to thermostats, employees assemble spring-wound motors that require periodic winding, and gravity-type motors that use an iron weight for power. Meanwhile, in Wabash, Ind., Mark Honeywell invents the Honeywell Heat Generator, leading to the formation of the Honeywell Heating Specialty Company.
Lawrence Sperry develops an automatic pilot or “airplane stabilizer” that uses the gyroscope to hold an airplane stable during flight. This groundbreaking technology becomes part of Honeywell’s legacy with the acquisition of Sperry Aerospace Group in 1986.
The Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company merges with
rival Honeywell Heating Specialties, marking the
beginning of a long tradition of mergers and acquisitions.
The new company goes public with stock first offered on
the Chicago Stock Exchange. Mark Honeywell is named
On a worldwide solo flight, Wiley Post uses the prototype model of the Sperry gyropilot. After that, automatic piloting became standard.
Leveraging its equipment, facilities and experience
mass-producing precision instruments, Honeywell’s
focus shifts to supporting national defense efforts
leading up to World War II. In addition to building gun
sights, tank periscopes and other devices for military
use, the company continues to produce the control
products it had become known for.
Honeywell begins manufacturing its state-of-the-art Automatic
Flight Control Equipment, commonly known as automatic pilot.
Honeywell introduces The RoundTM thermostat.
Honeywell develops ring laser gyros (RLGs), changing airborne navigation by replacing mechanical and fiber-optic gyroscopes. Today Honeywell RLGs are the technology standard for inertial measurement units in commercial and military aircraft.
Honeywell’s second-generation computer, the H-800, becomes the first computer to successfully transmit data by satellite.
The Atlas launch vehicle, using Honeywell guidance and
control products, launches the first four American
astronauts to orbit the Earth. Honeywell will continue to
be a part of future launch vehicles including the Agena,
Peacekeeper, Titan, Centaur, Trident and Titan.
Honeywell products were on board the Space Shuttle as it lifted off for the first time, opening up a new chapter of space exploration.
The Space Shuttle places the Hubble Space Telescope in low-earth orbit; Honeywell products become part of a new era in astronomical discoveries.
The first module of the International Space Station is placed in orbit. Honeywell provides life support and safety systems, thermal controls, guidance and navigation controls.
Honeywell and AlliedSignal merge, choosing the “Honeywell” name because of its strong brand recognition.
Honeywell and Minneapolis Public Housing Authority implement an energy-efficiency and facility renewal program to reduce energy costs by more than $1.5 million annually through a variety of facility improvements at 725 sites across the city.
President Barack Obama visits Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions’ Golden Valley Headquarters to make an announcement on veterans hiring.