Kidde

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Kidde
Subsidiary of UTC
Founded 1917
Headquarters Mebane, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent United Technologies Corporation
Website www.kidde.com

Kidde (pronounced /ˈkɪdə/[1]) is a brand and division of United Technologies Corporation. It is a group of businesses that manufactures and distributes fire detection and suppression equipment, as well as smoke and CO alarm units.

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The company was founded by Walter Kidde in 1917 in the United States.[2] The founder was of Czech ancestry 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.[2]

It was acquired by Williams Holdings in 1988 and in 1989 it merged with Graviner (another Williams Holdings business) to form Kidde Graviner.[2] In 1993 it acquired Dunford Hepburn.[2] It was demerged from Williams Holdings in 2000.[2]

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.[3]

Kidde is headquartered in Mebane, North Carolina. The Kidde Fenwal Controls division is located in Ashland, Massachusetts.

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