What started out in 1915 as General Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, has evolved over a century into one of the nation’s strongest aerospace and defense leaders.
The company’s diverse history includes forays into ownership of everything from radio and television stations to movie studios to hotels and even at one time an airline company.
In 1945, General Tire and Rubber jumped into the aerospace and defense industry with the purchase of Aerojet Engineering Corp. With the merger of Crosley Motors in 1953, the subsidiary was officially renamed Aerojet-General Corporation.
Over the last 10 decades, the company has led efforts that have helped further our nation’s advancements in space and our development as a global superpower.
During World War II, the company’s jet-assisted take off (JATO) units allowed military planes to launch from short runways and aircraft carriers. And during the Cold War, Aerojet solid rocket motors powered the dependable anti-aircraft HAWK missile that is still being deployed more than 60 years later.