Electric was the electronics manufacturing division AT&T when
Bell Labs, another AT&T division, proposed an anti-aircraft
missile system to the US Army in 1945. As the manufacturing
arm of AT&T, Western Electric became the prime contractor for
the Nike missile system.
1872: Enos Barton and Elisha Gray
incorporate Western Electric Manufacturing Co. in Chicago, Illinois.
1881: Bell Telephone acquires Western
1984: Western Electric is divided into
several divisions and its name disappeared.