The business dates back to Collins Radio, founded in 1933. Although today focused primarily on the aerospace industry, Cedar Rapids (Iowa)-based Rockwell Collins is still big in electronics. It’s a leading maker of everything from missile guidance systems to inflight entertainment for commercial airlines. CEO Clayton Jones, a former Air Force fighter pilot, seems to have found the right flight path in this era of surging Pentagon procurement budgets. Commercial and government work each made up half of Rockwell’s $3.9 billion in revenues last year. Rockwell is the U.S. Army’s leading provider of handheld global positioning systems. It also supplies the cockpit instrument displays and navigation and communication systems for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Jones is predicting another year of double-digit sales and earnings growth in 2007.
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