Woodward, Inc. was founded in 1870 in Loves Park, IL as the Woodward Governor Company after Amos Woodward invented and patented a better, faster, more efficient water wheel governor. In 1934, Amos’ son Elmer patented the first successful aircraft propeller governor. Irl Martin, Amos’ son-in-law, and the company’s third chairman, introduced the Corporate Partnership, an innovative business structure that involved all company members in its business success. For almost 150 years, Woodward has been driven by the constant desire to solve, improve and address the challenges our customers-and their customers-face, innovating products that control energy for aerospace and industrial applications. And with our strong culture of collaboration, our expert technical knowledge, and a proven tradition of problem-solving, we deliver the trusted and innovative systems that are integral to the technology that changes the world.
PRINCIPLE LINES OF BUSINESS
OUR AEROSPACE systems and components optimize the performance of fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms in commercial, business and military aircraft, ground vehicles and other equipment. OUR INDUSTRIAL systems and components enhance the performance of other energy related industrial equipment. The company’s innovative fluid energy, combustion control, electrical energy, and motion control systems help our customers offer cleaner, more reliable and more efficient equipment. OUR CUSTOMERS include leading original equipment manufacturers and end users of their products.