Kaman Corporation, headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, was incorporated in 1945. We are a diversified company that conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. We report information for ourselves and our subsidiaries (collectively, "we," "us," "our," and "the company") in two business segments, Distribution and Aerospace. A discussion of 2013 developments is included in Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in this Form 10-K.
The Distribution segment brings our commitment to technological leadership and value-added services to the distribution business. The Distribution segment is the third largest power transmission/motion control industrial distributor in North America. We provide products including bearings, mechanical and electrical power transmission, fluid power, motion control, automation, material handling components, electrical control and power distribution, and MRO supplies to a broad spectrum of industrial markets throughout North America. Locations consist of over 200 branches, distribution centers and call centers across the United States (including Puerto Rico) and in Mexico. We offer approximately four million items, as well as value-added services, to a base of over 60,000 active customers representing a highly diversified cross section of North American industry.
The Aerospace segment produces and/or markets proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safe and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; support for our SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX® manned and unmanned medium-to-heavy lift helicopters; and engineering design, analysis and certification services.
Principal customers include the U.S. military, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The SH-2G aircraft is currently in service with the Egyptian Air Force and the New Zealand and Polish navies. Operations are conducted throughout the United States, as well as in facilities located in the United Kingdom, Germany and Mexico. Additionally, the company maintains an investment in a joint venture in India.