The Bendix Radio Foundation (BRF) is a membership organization of former employees, friends of Bendix, and interested individuals who have joined together to spread the word about the importance of locating, identifying and archiving materials and hardware which will define the contributions of Bendix Radio/ Bendix Communications/AlliedSignal Communications in the Baltimore area over the past 60+ years-1937 to 1998.
It is the purpose of the BRF to:
Notify former employees, and those with a knowledge of the Division, that the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)is archiving Bendix Radio/ Bendix Communications/AlliedSignal Communications historical information and artifacts; and
Function as a trusted and convenient collection vehicle for information, memorabilia and hardware about Bendix Radio/ Bendix Communications/AlliedSignal Communications; and
Support the museum in the identification, organization and cataloging of materials and artifact received; and
Work with the museum to encourage and support a display recognizing the Division's outstanding contributions to National defense, technological leadership, and most importantly the significant contributions of thousands of men and women who made the success of the division possible.
The Bendix Radio Division started in Baltimore in 1937 in a General Motors plant at 920 E. Fort Avenue a short distance from the Baltimore Museum of Industry at 1415 Key Highway. In 1942 the principle operations were relocated to a new facility at 1300 E. Joppa Road, Towson, MD. where the division continued operations for over five decades. In 1982 Bendix was acquired by the Allied Corporation and on April 1, 1985 the Bendix name, so loved as family by many, disappeared but the happy Bendix memories remained. In 1986 the Allied Corporation acquired Signal operations and became AlliedSignal Inc. In 1998 the division was sold to the Raytheon Company. When former employees are asked where they worked, they proudly respond: "I Worked for Bendix Radio- It was a Great Place to Work!”
It is not too late to preserve a lasting heritage of the Bendix Radio Division. Your help and support is urgently needed to collect, identify, catalog and archive information about the Bendix accomplishments in Baltimore so it can be viewed, studied and appreciated by yet to be born generations. We hope we can count on you to become involved in this very important program.