Our History

From our founding in 1885, innovation has always been our legacy and our future.

See how Honeywell's journey has unfolded...

  • 1885

    Invention of the Furnace Regulator

    Considered the official beginning of the company that became Honeywell, in 1885, inventor Albert Butz patented the furnace regulator and alarm. 
  • 1906

    Honeywell Heating Specialty Co. Formed

    Young engineer Mark Honeywell formed the Honeywell Heating Specialty Co. Incorporated. The company specialised in making hot water heat generators, after perfecting them as part of his plumbing and heating business.

  • 1920

    Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation Formed

    During World War I, Germany controlled much of the world's chemical industry, causing shortages among the U.S. and its allies of critical drugs and dyes. In 1920, publisher Eugene Meyer and scientist William Nichols formed the Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation as a partnership of five American chemical companies.

  • 1927

    Heating Companies Merge

    Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company and Honeywell Heating Speciality Co. merged to form the Minneapolis Honeywell Regulator Co. The business became the largest producer of high-quality jewelled clocks. W.R. Sweatt became Chairman and Mark Honeywell became president. The company quickly grew as it began to tackle more challenges, including industrial controls and indicators. 

  • 1969

    Moon Mission Support

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Honeywell was critical to that mission. For example, 16,000 Honeywell parts went into the 14 separate electronic devices that made up the Stabilisation and Control Systems (SCS). Meanwhile, Honeywell pilots helped with flight testing.

  • 1999

    AlliedSignal Acquires Honeywell

    In 1999, Honeywell was acquired by AlliedSignal, who elected to retain the Honeywell name for its brand recognition. The headquarters were moved to the AlliedSignal headquarters in Morristown, N.J. Together the companies shared huge business interests in aerospace, chemical products, automotive parts and building controls.

  • 2005 - 2016

    Two Decades of Acquisitions

    At the start of the 21st century, Honeywell continued to grow by acquiring businesses across industries. In 2005, we acquired Universal Oil Products, a leading international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries. Three years later, we added Metrologic Instruments, which made laser, mobile imaging and remote scanners. In 2016, Intelligrated came on board. They provide automation solutions for distribution centres and warehouses.

  • 2018

    Home and Transportation Systems Become New Companies

    Honeywell spun off its homes business in to an independent, publicly-traded company: Resideo, which still creates Honeywell Home products as a licensed brand. The same year, the Transportation Systems business was also spun off as Garrett Motion.

  • 2019

    Honeywell Forge Launched

    In June of 2019, Honeywell launched its Enterprise Performance Management software solution called Honeywell Forge. The software leverages Honeywell's expertise in asset and process control technology across industries, including buildings, airline, industrials and critical infrastructure.


  • 2019

    Headquarters move to Charlotte

    In August 2019, Honeywell relocated its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina fro Morris Plains, New Jersey. A 23 storey office was built by Charlotte developer Lincoln Harris, which was completed in 2021.

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