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Honeywell is a company with over 110,000 employees in 350 different businesses. It specializes in control systems for homes and industry, aerospace technology, automotive products, surveillance cameras, etc.
Founded in 1886 by Mark Honeywell, the company started out as an industrial heating company that developed and marketed his invention: the mercury seal generator. This was a thermostat that controlled steam valves to keep them from leaking water but soon evolved into other products such as floor furnace switches and room thermostats. The turn of the century saw movement towards producing automatic temperature regulators. In 1906 they introduced their first air conditioning unit which added humidity to indoor air so it wouldn't be too dry. Around this time they also began making product parts for Ford motor vehicles. The Great Depression saw the company go through some difficult times but they were able to survive by combining various heating controls into one product. It is at this point that the seed of Honeywell as it is today was truly planted with the development of an easy way to control heating systems through programmable thermostats. They then moved on to temperature controls for office buildings, better known as zoning.
The mid-1900s brought about an increase in automation and Honeywell soon became a leader in this field with their introduction of new products such as the Autogas Automatic Gas Ignition System and Forklift Safety Control Unit which attracted worldwide attention at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium where it won first prize for safety engineering excellence.