Nortek Control

History


SINCE 1967

History of
Innovation

Nortek Control has been leading the way in product innovation and technology solutions for over 50 years. The history of the company includes several acquisitions over the years in order to deliver a complete portfolio of products and solutions to customers around the world. See how we started and join us on our exciting journey.

Timeline

1997

1997

Linear replaces the SSD with the DVS program. By adding supervision to the program, Linear now has the first supervised security package that can be installed in less than two hours.

1997

1997

Linear purchases NOVI. The acquisition solidifies Linear’s position as a force in the retail security market.

1995

1995

Linear introduces the DX product line. DX is the first economical RF product designed for add-on to any system with 1,000,000 plus codes and quick learn technology. It replaces Standard Digital.

1994

1994

Linear enters the access control market with the AccessMaster product line. AccessMaster incorporates the MegaCode format for its RF needs.

1994

1994

Linear introduces the SSD system. With a quantity price of less than $200.00 for the base system, it is perfect for the “zero down” market seller as well as the do-it-yourself market.

1990

1990

The 21st SENTRY package is introduced. The product wins a new product award at the ISC West show.

1989

1989

Linear introduces the first product incorporating the Megacode format. The SilentSignal was developed as an emergency reporting system for the convenience store market.

1988

1988

Linear Corporation welcomes Grant Rummell as president on August 24, 1988.

1988

1988

Linear/SESCOA opens the We Monitor America (WEMA) UL listed Central Station in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1987

1987

Linear’s Niteowl version of the Security Light Control received a Certificate of Merit in the Governor’s award for Hong Kong design.

1987

1987

Linear Corporation co-founders Ted Farrell and Bill Schanbacher sell their interest in the company.

1987

1987

Nortek Incorporated of Providence, Rhode Island submitted a tender offer to purchase and acquired the remaining public share of Linear Corporation.

1987

1987

Linear expands operations by leasing a new building north of Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. The new building housed Linear’s warehouse, Marketing Services, Technical Services, Purchasing, and Quality Assurance.

1985

1985

Linear develops the first multi-million code RF format (Megacode).

1985

1985

Linear aligns itself with Schlage for the development and sale of a do-it-yourself system program. Combined system sales under the Keepsafer banner was in excess of 250,000 units.

1985

1985

Linear Corporation forms the Linear Door Products Division. The Division represents the merger of Linear’s Moore-O-Matic garage door operator subsidiary with the radio access controls portion of the Linear Security Product Group.

1984

1984

Linear acquires controlling interest in Security Sciences Corporation of America (SESCOA) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Primary products include digital communicators, alarm control panels, and central station receivers.

1984

1984

Linear acquires Gilcom communications in San Leandro, California, and forms Linear/Gilcom. Primary products include 27 MHz mid-range wireless transmitters and receivers.

1984

1984

Linear’s new 30,000 sq/ft facility in Carlsbad, California opens with 92 employees in August.

1984

1984

Linear acquires the license from Seaboard Electronics in New Rochelle, New York to manufacture long-range wireless central station equipment and forms Linear/Seaboard.