NEW HOPE, Minn., 18 Nov. 2010. Aerospace and defense electronics suppliers AbelConn LLC in New Hope, Minn., and Photo Etch in Fort Worth, Texas, are merging to improve design, quality, and on-time delivery of integrally-lit displays and control panels, flight simulation, black boxes, electronic backplanes and chassis, interconnect products, and custom connectors for aerospace and defense applications in avionics, space, satellites, and shipboard electronics -- including high vibration and corrosive environments.
Among the military and aerospace systems integrators that AbelConn and Photo Etch supply are Honeywell, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), company officials say.
Each company will continue to operate under its own name, at its own facility and with its current leadership team. Wally Olson of AbelConn will serve as chief executive officer of both companies, and Randy Fry will lead Photo Etch as its president.
Together, the merged company will specialize in electronic backplanes, connectors, LED displays and control panels for aircraft cockpits, simulators, flight instrumentation, flight-worthy black boxes, and night-vision display panels.
"Clients can still deal with the same team they know and rely upon, whether in Texas or Minnesota," Fry says. "However, we will provide them with more expertise and better service than ever before."