While amateur radio gear hasn't been in its product lineup for decades, many hams still keep track of the successor to the Collins Radio Company that dominated the amateur radio marketplace in the 1950s and '60s. In September, Rockwell Collins, Inc. announced that it had been purchased by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in a deal worth some $30 billion. Among other things, United Technologies builds Pratt and Whitney jet engines and Otis elevators.
Rockwell Collins will be merged into UTC Aerospace Systems, which will be renamed Collins Aerospace Systems. The announcement did not indicate whether the Rockwell Collins facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will remain open. UTC is headquartered in Connecticut.