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Type Subsidiary of UTC
Founded 1917
Headquarters Mebane, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent United Technologies Corporation

Kidde,(pronounced \Kid-duh\) is a brand and division of United Technologies Corporation. It is a group of businesses that manufactures and distributes fire detection and suppression equipment.


The company was founded by Walter Kidde in 1917 in the United States.[1] The founder was of Czech origin and unrelated to the Danish author Harald Kidde.

The company grew rapidly during the 1920s and established a British operation at Northolt in 1935 as its first overseas operation.[1]

It was acquired by Williams Holdings in 1988 and in 1989 it merged with Graviner (another Williams Holdings business) to form Kidde Graviner.[1] In 1993 it acquired Dunford Hepburn.[1] It was demerged from Williams Holdings in 2000.[1]

In 2005, Kidde was acquired by United Technologies Corporation and was combined with Chubb Security, also a former Williams Holdings business, and several other brands to create UTC Fire & Security.[2]

Kidde is headquartered in Mebane, North Carolina.


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