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.
Sells Sorting Business Unit to Fluence Automation.