Since our founding, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to include a global Aerospace business and one of North America’s leading industrial distribution and systems consultants.
At Kaman, we are always looking for a better way. Whether we are helping North American industry operate more efficiently or pioneering safer ways to fly the globe, we approach every challenge with an innovation mindset.
Kaman Aircraft Corporation is founded in Windsor Locks, CT
Kaman Nuclear is founded in Albuquerque, NM. This subsidiary would later become Kaman Sciences.
AirKaman, Inc. is founded in Windsor Locks, CT, a provider of fixed-base operations at airports.
Texas Bio-Nuclear of Austin, TX is acquired.
Power Transmission Systems, Inc. of NJ is acquired.
AviDyne Research, Inc. of Burlington MA is acquired.
Kaman launches the KAcarb products division, which will later become Kamatics.
Kaman sells Power Transmission Systems, Inc. of NJ.
Ovation Instruments is founded upon the invention of the Ovation Guitar.
The acquisitions of Coast Wholesale Music Company of Los Angeles and Coast Wholesale Music Company of San Francisco add the music distribution business to the company's Ovation Guitar manufacturing operations.
AirKaman of Omaha, NE is formed.
AirKaman of Jacksonville, Florida is formed.
Kaman Sciences is formed out of four scientific divisions: Kaman Nuclear, AviDyne, Kaman Systems Centers, and SEA.
National Music String, Co of Brunswick, NJ is acquired.
Kaman initiates what would eventually become Kaman Industrial Technologies when it acquires Reliable Bearing and Supply Co. of San Bernardino, CA and Western Bearings Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT.
This marks the beginning of the industrial distribution business.
C. Bruno and Son, a national musical instrument distributor in CT, GA, IL, and TX is acquired.
BITCO of Spokane, WA, an industrial products and services distributor is acquired.
Kaman's KAcarb products division becomes Kamatics Corporation of Bloomfield, CT.
All Bearing Service, Inc. of California and Washington is acquired.
Kaman acquires Nuclear Controls and Electronics of Salt Lake City, UT.
Kaman continues to build its industrial distribution business. Everett Transmission & Rubber Company of Washington. Syracuse Bearing of Syracuse, New York and Strum and Drum Inc. of Wheeling, IL are acquired.
Kaman acquires Keystone Bearing & Supply Company of Pennsylvania.
Kaman acquires Ventura County Bearing House of California, Mill and Industrial Supply Company of Pennsylvania, and Robert J. Ulpinger, Inc. of Syracuse, NYfor the industrial distribution business.
Kaman acquires Bearing Service and Supply, Inc. of Virginia and Minnesota; Bayshore Service and Supply of Minnesota; Winn Supply Company of California and Industrial Service, Inc. of Colorado.
Kaman acquires Bearing House of Santa Maria, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA; Coastal Plans, Inc. of Idaho; Valley Bearings and Power Transmission, Inc. of Sacramento, CA; Star Machinery of Portland, OR; and O.J. Industries, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT.
Kaman forms AirKaman of Westover, Inc. of Chicopee, MA
Kaman acquires United Industrial Supply, California and Trans Power Inc, Indiana.
Kaman Instrumentation Corporation of Colorado Springs, CO is founded.
Kaman Music International Corporation is founded.
Kaman Sciences acquires Dikewood Corporation of Albuquerque, NM.
Kaman Corp sells all AirKaman operations, except Jacksonville.
Kaman Instrumentation Corporation splits away from Kaman Sciences to provide manufacturing capabilities for precision measuring devices.
Kaman forms Kaman Aircraft Bearing Corporation.
Kaman acquires Bearings Supply Company of California and Coastal Plains, Inc. of Utah.
Kaman acquires Coastal Plains, Inc, Florida; TEK Bearing & Drive, Connecticut; and Eastern Bearings & Drive, Inc, Kentucky.
Kaman Bearing acquires Transmission Inc. of Dayton, OH and Cincinnati, OH.
Kaman acquires Electromagnetic Launch Research, Cambridge, MA, which will later become Kaman Electromagnetics.
Kaman acquires Bearings and Materials Handling Co., Inc, TX and Yuma Bearing and Supply Co, Inc, AZ.
Locus Inc. of Boalsburg, PA is acquired.
Kaman acquires Raymond Engineering Inc. of Middletown, CT, a manufacturer of electromechanical devices and assemblies and navigational tape memory systems.
Kaman Music acquires Hamer Guitars of Illinois to become the largest independent distributor of musical instruments in the U.S.
Kaman Music, a unit of Kaman, acquires Trace Elliot, Ltd of Essex,United Kingdom.
Kaman Linear Systems is formed as an element of Kaman Industrial Technologies.
Kaman acquires Hornberger Music Ltd, a music distribution business in Ontario, Canada.
Kaman divests Airkaman of Jacksonville.
Kaman Sciences is divested to ITT Industries.
Trace Elliot, a unit of Kaman Corp's Kaman Music Corp subsidiary, is divested to Gibson Corp.
The Aircraft Products division is divested to Wesco Aircraft Hardware Supply Corp.
Kaman acquires the distribution business unit of A-C Supply Inc, a manufacturer and wholesaler of various industrial products.
Plastic Fabricating Co Inc, a manufacturer of plastic aircraft structural components, is acquired from HIG Investment Group.
Delamac de Mexico SA de CV, a wholesaler of industrial products, is acquired.
Kaman divests its microwaves product line to Meggitt Safety Systems LLC.
Kaman acquires the Dayron division (DR) of DSE Inc, a manufacturer of fabricated metal parts and high-tech bomb fuzes.
Kaman acquires RWG Frankenjura-Industrie Flugwerklager GmbH, a manufacturer of spherical and ball bearings, rod ends, brushings and specialty components primarily for the aerospace industry.
Latin Percussion Inc, a retailer of percussion musical instruments, is acquired.
Kaman acquires Industrial Supplies, Inc. of Birmingham, AL.
Kaman divests the electric motor and drive business to DRS Technologies.
Kaman acquires Musicorp, a wholesale distributor of musical instruments and accessories based in Charleston, SC, the second largest American musical instrument distributor after Kaman Music.
Kaman Music Corp. is divested to Fender Musical Instruments.
Kaman divests the 40-mm bus fuzing line to DSE Inc.
Industrial Supply Corp, a wholesaler of power transmission products is acquired.
Kaman acquires Brookhouse Holdings Ltd, manufacturer of composite aerospace components, tools and engineering equipment.
Kaman acquires Industrial Rubber & Mechanics Inc. (INRUMEC), a wholesaler of fluid power products in Puerto Rico.
Kaman acquires the fluid power distributor Fawick de Mexico of Mexico City.
Kaman acquires the power transmission distributor Allied Bearings Supply of Tulsa, OK.
Kaman acquires the national motion control distributor Minarik of Glendale, CA, the largest industrial distribution acquisition in the company's history.
Minarik Co., a subsidiary of KIT, acquires Automation Technology, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID.
Kaman acquires Target Electronic Supply, Inc. of Westwood, MA
Kaman acquires Vermont Composites, Inc. of Bennington, VT
Kaman acquires Catching Fluid Power of Bolingbrook, IL, a Parker tri-motion distributor. In connection with the acquisition Kaman is awarded a Parker national reseller agreement, the first of its kind.
Kaman acquires Plains Bearing Corp. of Lubbock, TX
Florida Bearings, Inc. of Miami, FL, is acquired by Kaman Industrial Technologies.
Kaman Industrial Technologies Acquires Zeller Corp. of Rochester, NY
Kaman Aerospace Group Forms a Manufacturing Joint Venture with Kineco in India
Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation Sells its Seven Canadian Branches (KIT Ltd.)
Kaman Corporation Acquires Parker Distributor Northwest Hose & Fittings, Inc. based in Spokane, Washington.
Kaman Distribution Acquires Ohio Gear & Transmission of Eastlake, Ohio
Kaman Corporation Completes Acquisition of Parker Distributor Western Fluid Components, Inc.
Kaman Distribution Acquires B.W. Rogers - Expands Fluid Power Capabilities