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ROCKWELL COLLINS ACQUISITION

Former Rockwell Collins buildings already donning temporary Collins Aerospace signage

Temporary signage for Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp., at the former Rockwell Collins buildings in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Temporary signage for Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp., at the former Rockwell Collins buildings in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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More than a year after it declared its plans to buy Cedar Rapids’ largest employer United Technologies Corp. announced the completion of its acquisition of Rockwell Collins late Monday. Today, temporary signage for Collins Aerospace, a unit of UTC, is seen at the former Rockwell Collins buildings.

Rockwell will combine with Charlotte, N.C.-based UTC Aerospace Systems to form Collins Aerospace Systems. Collins Aerospace spokeswoman Pam Tvrdy-Cleary said there are no immediate changes planned as to how many employees will be based in Cedar Rapids or Collins Aerospace’s other locations in Eastern Iowa.

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