Teledyne Brown Engineering Celebrates 65 Years

July 16, 2018- Huntsville, AL-   Huntsville-based Teledyne Brown Engineering is celebrating its 65th anniversary this month. The company’s history is closely intertwined with Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal and Cummings Research Park. In 1950, Wernher von Braun and his team of German engineers and scientists were transferred to Redstone Arsenal to begin developing rockets for the U.S. Army. There were no engineering or manufacturing services available in Huntsville at that time. To meet that need, the local chamber of commerce recruited John Bolton, owner of Marietta Tool and Engineering, in Georgia to start a business in the area. Owned by local stockholders, Alabama Engineering and Tool Company opened on July 1, 1953. In 1956, the company merged with Brown’s Engineering Company, an Indianapolis firm owned by R. P. Brown, and was renamed Brown Engineering Company, Inc. Under the forward-thinking leadership of two executives, Milton Cummings and Joe Moquin, the company flourished and became the first tenant of Cummings Research Park. This business park is one of the world’s leading science and technology research parks and is the second largest of its kind in the United States and fourth largest in the world.

The company was brought into the Teledyne family in 1967, giving them access to additional capabilities, including extensive R&D resources, sophisticated instrumentation, advanced electronics, and cutting-edge digital imaging products to strengthen its engineering and advanced manufacturing portfolio.

Teledyne Brown Engineering has supported every major U.S. space initiative, beginning with the Jupiter-C and extending through SkyLab, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Constellation, and the Space Launch System.  The company is currently building the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter, which is the largest part of the rocket to be built at Marshall Space Flight Center.  In recent years, they have expanded into commercial space, partnering with NASA and CASIS to design an innovative Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) Platform. MUSES is the first earth observation platform of its kind used to commercialize the International Space Station. The company also provides payload operations support for the International Space Station.

Teledyne Brown Engineering has been involved in nearly every U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense program, including Nike-X, Safeguard, the Strategic Defense Initiative, Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and Objective Simulation Framework. Their technology-based solutions are currently supporting the Department of Defense and Missile Defense communities worldwide on a daily basis.

The company has utilized its extensive quality expertise and expanded its involvement in broader markets supplying complex systems for the nuclear and energy industries worldwide. Teledyne Brown Engineering has also built a solid portfolio of advanced systems, vehicles, and hardware for maritime applications, such as the Shallow Water Combat Submersible (the most recent Navy SEAL delivery vehicle) and Gun Mounts for Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy.

“For 65 years our company has applied its strengths in systems engineering and advanced manufacturing to propel our nation into space and protect our warfighter from harm,” stated Jan Hess, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.  “We have supported programs, systems, and efforts that have played a major role in technology advancements worldwide.  It is a great privilege knowing that we have been a cornerstone in our community and in the industry.”

The company is sharing its anniversary with its employees and the community throughout the month with a series of videos, interviews, a food drive, an on-campus food truck rally, birthday cake celebration, and more.   

About Teledyne Brown Engineering

Teledyne Brown Engineering is an industry leader in full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions for harsh environments in space, defense, energy, and maritime industries. For over six decades, the company has successfully delivered innovative systems, integration, operations and technology development worldwide. For more information about Teledyne Brown Engineering visit:

About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies' operations are primarily located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies' website at

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