Roanwell Corporation was founded in 1948 when Richard Howell and James Roantree acquired a sheet metal business in Brooklyn, New York which also purchased, refurbished and sold surplus military headsets. Roanwell soon became an active bidder for military contracts and a major supplier of H-157 headsets to the U.S. Air Force. Roanwell experienced significant growth and profitability in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when the U.S. government increased military expenditures in response to Russia’s launching Sputnik. In 1962, the Company went public.
In the late 1960’s, Roanwell continued its growth, in part through acquisitions. Roanwell’s voice communications division shifted its strategy away from the military market toward the commercial market. Beginning in 1968, Roanwell hired a number of prominent engineers and managers from large companies to develop commercial applications for its products and achieve rapid growth.
Roanwell resumed its military orientation thru the 1970’s and 1980’s, redesigning its products. Donald Powers, who had been Roanwell’s chief engineer and who had purchased James Roantree’s interest in the company prior to its initial offering, returned from semi-retirement and replaced Richard Howell as President. The company concentrated on producing for the military market during this time period.
In March 2009, Barbara and Jonathan LaBarre purchased Roanwell Corporation and began the journey of revitalizing the brand, adding significant focus on R&D, lean manufacturing and implementing the AS9100 quality management system.
On September 30, 2010 Roanwell completed the acquisition of Paramount Cords & Brackets, Inc. Roanwell is currently working to build a diversified manufacturing company through both organic and acquisition growth initiatives that will both complement and diversify its existing business