Esterline Technologies was founded by John Esterline in 1906 as a magnet and recording device manufacturer.
In 1968 the company, then named Esterline Corporation, went public and expanded into the aerospace and defense industries.
During the following 20 years the company expanded to the medical supply and equipment and ophthalmic goods and hearing aids industries by acquiring 20 companies.
Today Esterline Technologies operates through three business segments: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials. The company serves clients in the aerospace, defense, and commercial business segments.
Esterline Technologies trades publicly on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ESL, is a member of the Russell 2000, is #977 in the Fortune 1000, has 12,874 employees, and had $2.01 billion in revenue in 2014.