General Dynamics has its roots in John Phillip Holland’s Holland Torpedo Company, which he founded in the late 1800’s. Holland Torpedo Company developed the U.S. Navy’s first submarine, which was commissioned in 1900.
The company, now renamed the Electric Boat Company, grew, developing new and better submarines and selling to governments all over the world. After World War II the company needed new areas to invest in, and purchased Canadair for $10 million in 1946 from the Canadian government.
Canadair went on to become a major aerospace company with many Canadian government contracts. This was due in part to increased military spending from the Cold War.
In 1952 the company changed its name to General Dynamics. This was because with the increased importance of aircraft production, management believed that Electric Boat was no longer appropriate.
General Dynamics began to bid and win military contracts, such as the Lightweight Fighter in 1972 and the F-16 in 1974.
Today General Dynamics is the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States. It is part of the S&P 500, has over 90,000 employees worldwide, and had revenue of $31.513 billion in 2012.
"Ric" Richard Fairbanks says
I work for the State of Nevada Employment Services Department, and I’m trying to get a hold of anyone who can Verify a Recruiter who is wanting to post jobs with our Department. But your phone system “Sucks” and I can’t get a hold of anyone to assist me in verifying this individual is authorized to post job order on your behalf.
could I get someone from your organization to contact me as soon as possible to verify, she is authorized to do so. I would appreciate any assistance with this matter. Ric 😉
Benjamin allen Berlew says
Dear General dynamics
I was an employee of bath Iron works naval shipyard in bath maine, I worked for three years of my life just to be a welder at bath iron works naval shipyard in bath maine, when i was their i worked my a** off. I struggled at first but eventually got good at it. For months and months i did anything my boss asked me to do and worked my a** off to get every job i was assigned done. I went into work one day and they told me I had to go to medical see a doctor then harresed me for months telling me i had to go see another doctor and another doctor and so on, i had 4 medical doctors all with masters or bachelors degrees telling me i was clear to go back to work and two that claimed i should have never even been out of work. After months and thousands of dollars spent on medical doctors clearling me to go back to work bath iron works paid their own doctor to say I wasn’t fit to go back to work. Disagreeing with 4 other licensed medical doctors and at the end of this medical dispute the only thing they said was is that they needed me to go to rehab for smoking weed(after months of being out of work with no income to even do this ). I was never drug tested once at time of employment at bath iron works nor did they drug test me or even as me to take a drug test during the time i was at work or even out of work. Dealing with all these doctors.
To prove my point is that electric boat naval shipyard in quansapoint rhode island drug tested me by piss and through hair roughly around 6 months later after ending my medical dispute with the same company and was hired after testing positive for weed the day the results came back to the medical lab at electric boat. These two companys are owned by General dynamics the only difference is the location. Not that i promote smoking weed in any kind of way, or have done on the job or even at during the time period that i worked at bath iron works.
I am an Eagle Scout and have held a job since I was 15 years old and have physically and mentally busted my a** off for every dollar I have made, but for a company to do this to me is very upsetting because the only reason i became a welder was so i could go to work with my dad at bath iron works every day and make a good living , and bath iron works took away all my hard work for that job with out even any evidence that I have ever even smoked weed.
Carolina Nocetti says
Dear Phebe N. Novakovic,
I’m a 32yo Brazilian physician and I got a business idea that is cooler than cuXXXXber and I’m looking for a mentor (meeting using Skype) …This can bring lots of opportunities for many people around the world. Since it is a very new concept, I want to make sure that it is done properly, so i kindly ask for some help. Its a web-based company that will have an open platform that aims to bring social and economic fairness to people worldwide, creating a “SYMBIOTIC electronic environment” model.
I left Brazil to pursue a dream…once I arrived in NY I saw a land of opportunities and I figure thats what it is lacking in many developing countries. A few years later I finally got a breakthrough! I came up with this business model that relies in technology while being a viable marketplace that allows for people to have the SAME opportunities as if they lived in NYC.
The idea is doable and I’m willing to dedicate my time and money to make this happen.
I have a plan to make the world better…but is it ready for prime time?
So I’m looking for someone that can be my mentor, to rectify my website/business progress as i make my path on my startup company. Please let me know if there is someone there that can help me out 🙂
Robert Willard says
Recent changes that will occur on 1 April over Health Insurance have put me into a situation that
leaves me without health insurance in my present status. I live in Germany and have been using the health insurance for General Dynamics through Simplifi Health management. It now seems that they will no longer be used, and the new provider will be Towers Watson, OneExchange. I tried to get continued insurance with them as was told the do not cover retiree health insurance for persons living outside the USA. I and my wife have medicare and that works when we are in the USA. Medicare does not work for persons outside the USA. So far this has not been a problem as Simplifi has been processing our German doctor expenses. This will go away on 1 April. I still need health care in the USA and also in Germany. We will move to the USA sometime in the next years and this problem will be solved (I hope) . I surely, am not the only retiree living outside the USA so others must also have this problem. This needs to be looked at and resolved before I totally loose my Health Insurance. Thank you for your time.
my email is XXXX@willarob.com
my USA telephone number that is on my computer in Germany is 224 223 XXXXX we are 6 hours later than eastern standard time.
Robert Willard says
The letter I sent on March 21, 2014 still applies and I still do not have continuing health insurance in Germany. At GD a Mr. Robert Restivo was helping me with this problem, but he doesn’t seem to be reachable anymore, since GD turned health insurance problems over to Fidelity. I am sure that GD did not intend to drop my coverage in Germany, but going to Medicare did just that. There must be more people that are retired from GD and live outside the USA, I just can’t believe that we are the only ones that lost overseas coverage on April 1,2014.