Prince Historical Timeline
This is a display that we have in our Juarez operation. We look forward to adding to our other businesses. It’s a history of Prince business.
Our business started in 1965 with a better way to make a die cast machine. More tonnage smaller footprint. That business grew to be approximately 50% of North American die cast machines.
Then in 1972 we entered in to Automotive interior trim and electronics inventing lighted vanity mirror that’s in your car, truck or SUV today.
In 1980 we invented the trip computer and then in 1985 reinvented it with a much simpler display as well as adding the compass to this trip computer.
In the mid to late 1980’s took together the components we were making with the visors and lighting and we invented the modular overhead system. So everything above the belt line with the headliner, lighting, assist handles, and all the attachments – it comes in as one piece and literally snaps in the car to make the electrical connection as well as all the other connections. We applied those technologies to other areas of the car to be simpler and modular wether be door panels floor consuls or instrument panels.
Watch a short video of the actual historical wall in c. Juarez.
Then in 1991, we invented the HomeLink transmitter. It’s a transceiver so it can receive and send to other devices like garage openers, the lighting, gates, and other devices.
In 1996 we sold the automotive business after the passing of Ed Prince, our founder, and sold that business to Johnson Controls. From there we invested in several manufacturing facilities to create Prince Manufacturing operations in Indiana, North Carolina, Mexico, and in Michigan. We also launched several military related business under Blackwater. For training, protection, construction, intel, and aviation.
We also worked to develop several other businesses one being Bearing Truck, we made a partnership with Hyundai Truck to buy cabs to put those on US drive trains then sold that business to Daimler Freightliner division. Then Advance Mixer worked with group of concrete providers and then developed front discharged truck concrete vehicle and then that business we sold to Terex.
In 2000 we sold the Prince Machine business to a company we are looking to actually purchase and that was Idra. Now we are looking forward to adding additional businesses that we have under way and some in a launch for future reference.