Curtiss-Wright Corporation has a rich history that spans over 90 years. The company was formed in 1929 by the merger of companies founded by Glenn Curtiss, known as the father of naval aviation, and the Wright brothers, who are renowned for history’s first flight. This merger brought together 18 affiliated companies and 29 subsidiaries, creating the largest aviation company in the United States at the time.
The company’s legacy of innovation has its roots in the earliest successes of the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss. The eventual merger of Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation with Wright Aeronautical Corporation in 1929, a few months before the start of the Great Depression, formally created the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With total assets of more than $70 million and stock valued at $220 million, the company was immediately considered the world’s most prodigious aviation concern.
Over the years, Curtiss-Wright has transformed dramatically and continues to evolve to stay at the forefront of the markets it serves. Today, Curtiss-Wright is a global, integrated market-facing business that remains a technology leader through its legacy of innovation. It maintains an extensive offering of critical products and services that were either developed internally or joined through strategic acquisitions.
The company’s structure drives its focus on its diversified end markets through three well-balanced segments – Aerospace & Industrial, Defense Electronics, and Naval & Power – where it remains focused on advanced technologies for high-performance platforms and critical applications. Furthermore, its technologies provide increased safety, reliability, and performance in the most demanding environments, serving numerous customers across a multitude of industries.
In the 21st century, Curtiss-Wright transformed from less than $300 million in revenues to a global technology player with sales exceeding $2 billion. Today, it no longer makes aircraft but makes many related components, particularly actuators, aircraft controls, valves, and surface-treatment services. It also supplies the commercial, industrial, defense, and energy markets; it makes parts for commercial and naval nuclear power systems, industrial vehicles, and oil - and gas -related machinery.