The Bell & Howell Company is founded in Chicago, IL as a manufacturer of motion picture projectors.
Manufactures professional 35mm motion-picture film cameras.
Introduces the first light-weight amateur 8mm movie camera.
Albert Williams starts the Inserting & Mailing Machine Company in Tatamy, PA. He patents and produces the first automated mailing machine.
Bell & Howell acquires the Inserting & Mailing Machine Company, as part of its mail processing division. It follows ground-breaking innovations for the mail industry — state-of-the-art machinery, control systems, OCR, address matching, linerless label, mail verification, paper wrapping technology to name a few.
Bell & Howell partners with Canon, adding still photography to its product lineup.
Bell & Howell’s Education Group creates Bell & Howell Schools, and purchases a controlling share of DeVry Institute of Technology.
Acquires the Ohio Institute of Technology via its controlling interest in DeVry.
Drops production of movie cameras.
Acquires Stephens Industry of Lenexa, KS, a manufacturer of mail sorting equipment. Also, begins marketing the Apple II Plus computer for classroom use with added security elements such as a tamper-proof cover.
Produces the first mail inserters to offer computerized weighing, enabling greater postage discounts.
Produces the first sorter equipped with multi-line optical character reader.
Begins focus on the information technology business.
Sells its mail processing and scanner subsidiaries, along with the Bell & Howell name to Glencoe Capital. The latter operates under the Bell & Howell name.
Böwe Systec acquires 50 percent of Bell & Howell and changes the latter’s name to Bowe Bell + Howell.
Bowe Bell + Howell acquires Intellitech as the core of its JETVision machine intelligence system & Automated Data Factory.
Bowe Bell + Howell acquires BCC Software.
Bowe Bell + Howell sells scanners business to Kodak. Böwe Systec increases its stake to 100 percent.
Versa Capital acquires Bowe Bell + Howell assets and names new company, Bell and Howell.
Bell and Howell opens subsidiaries in UK & Germany. Launches Producer inserter product line.
New leadership team in place. Spins-off BCC software. Joins Universal Postal Union’s Direct Marketing Advisory Board. Launches ParcelManager and CartonWrap.
Launches high-speed package labelling products. Partners with Cleveron for PackRobot sales and service. Secures a $25M revolving credit facility from Bank of America. Joins boards of National Association of Presort Mailers and MTAC.
Bell and Howell Acquires Sensible Technologies