Business of the Week: Rockwell Collins

Published 07/21 2014 04:36PM

Updated 07/21 2014 05:16PM

Rockwell Collins in the Choconut Center area of the Town of Union is the Greater Binghamton Chamber Business of the Week.

The flight simulation operation started as a small off-shoot of the company NLX in downtown Binghamton in 2000.

In 2002, it broke ground at its current location at the Airport Corporate Park.

One year later, it was purchased by Rockwell Collins.

It currently employs 150 people working on simulators as small as desktop units all the way up to full-fledged cockpit-sized displays.

Site Manager Bob Wuestner says the local operation's strength is the quality of its people.

"This being the home of Ed Link, the founder of flight simulation, there was an enormous talent pool that we were able to draw upon as we were growing in those early days. That's also the reason that this operation continues to thrive in the simulation business because, honestly, we have some of the best in the business here," said Wuestner.

Wuestner says Rockwell strives to provide a rewarding environment for its workers who are also engaged in many community and charity events.

Last year, workers gave over $10,000 to the United Way and Rockwell's employees won the inaugural Canstruction competition at the Oakdale Mall with its recreation of a space shuttle.

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