• Universal engineers and IBM (Kingston) specialists devised a method of preparing axial lead components for IBM’s printed circuit board assembly. The “taping machine” was born and opened the door for Universal’s electronic component equipment era.
    • Company produces thousands of frames for modular plug in units used in the production of TVs.
    • President J. Donald Ahearn begins restructuring the company to capitalize on the burgeoning electronics industry.
    • Universal begins building component prepping equipment for component manufacturers across the country.
    • F.H. Lawson hired from Link Aviation; becomes Vice President and Board member.
    • Company purchases 36,000 square foot building and 10 acres at Bevier Street.
    • Annual revenues hit $1,500,000; 170 on payroll.
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