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Andrew Corporation, a formerly independent manufacturer of hardware for communications networks, was founded by Victor J. Andrew and established in Orland Park, IL (1947) and acquired by CommScope in 2007. It supports customers from 35 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, with manufacturing plants in 12 countries, employing over 4,500 people. Andrew sales in 1999 exceeded US$791 million.
Andrew subsidiaries are in Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Canada, Finland, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, France, Italy, and China. In 1986 Andrew acquired Scientific Communications, Inc., and Kintec Corp, further acquiring The Antenna Company in 1996. Andrew acquired Channel Master's Smithfield, North Carolina satellite dish factory, equipment, inventory and intellectual property in an $18 million deal after that firm filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on October 2, 2003.
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