Company Timeline

1956    

ACR was founded and manufactured the first electronic flash unit for cameras that used photo flash batteries.

1970    

Apollo 13-FlashlightACR continued to "light the path" when in 1970 the crew of the stricken Apollo 13 relied upon a magnesium-powered penlight designed for NASA. When forced to power down, our pen-light provided the sole source of light for the crew as they struggled to get their capsule back to earth. In fact, all space vehicles for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Program carried ACR beacons and lights.

 1980

The RLB-14, 565 Distress Marker and 4F are exhibited in conjunction with the Double Eagle II gondola at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.Firefly4G.png

1999

ACR becomes ISO 9001 certified and is purchased by Cobham plc.

2003

ACR is the first manufacturer to have a Personal Locator Beacon approved by the FCC for sale. 

ACR acquires Austria-based Nauticast AG, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) supplier.

2005

ACR is chosen as the lead safety sponsor for the One World Expedition - a two-man attempt to cross the Arctic Ocean, and for the 2nd time, the lead safety sponsor for the Volvo Ocean Race.

2009

ACR completes the acquisition of SafeLife Systems, a beacon messaging service that allows all 406 MHz beacons to complete self-tests through the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system.

2012

ACR joins forces with ARTEX to create the largest dedicated life-saving beacons operation in the world. Located in Fort Lauderdale Forida, ACR and ARTEX now can leverage multiple technology platforms and resources to manufacture life saving equipment.  In July, ACR Electronics was acquired by J.F. Lehman, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the maritime, defense and aerospace sectors.

2013

ACR receives authorization by the FAA in May of 2013 to open and maintain a designated Part 145 Repair Station to service ARTEX brand ELT's in our Fort Lauderdale Headquarters. In August, ACR was award a contract to provide Personal Locator Beacons to the RNLI lifeboat crews.  In November, ACR merged with Drew Marine.  The merger took place concurrently with the sale of both Drew Marine and ACR to The Jordan Company.

2014

ACR is awarded the Marketing Innovation Neptune Award for the introduction of SurvivorClub.  In June, the ARTEX ELT 1000 receives its Cospas-Sarsat approval and is the first ARTEX ELT launched out of Fort Lauderdale.

2015

ACR announces the acquisition of Ocean Signal, an innovative supplier of marine safety and survival equipment.  Along with launching another new ELT and a series of Maritime flares and AIS, ACR is also named the official safety partner of the Winterfest Boat Parade.

2016

Celebrating our diamond anniversary, ACR started the year off with a series of new product introductions including the GlobalFix V4 EPIRB, the ARTEX ELT 3000, the new C-Strobe/Light series, and the SARLink iridium/Cospas-Sarsat dual mode beacon.  In March, ACR announced the acquisition of NAL Research, an innovative leader in the designing and manufacture of Iridium® tracking and communications equipment.