Company Timeline 

The following timeline highlights significant events in KBRwyle’s history.


Wyle acquired by KBR, Inc., a publically traded company on the NYSE (NYSE: KBR) and rebranded as KBRwyle to combine the Wyle legacy with the value of the new KBR ownership and signify that together KBRwyle now provides capabilities that span the full spectrum of government mission requirements including research and development, testing, engineering, logistics, deployed operations, and life-cycle sustainment.


George Melton retires as president and CEO in December 2014. He is succeeded by COO Roger Wiederkehr.


Wyle becomes one of the most prolific and successful providers to the Department of Defense Information Analysis Centers (DoD IACs). Wyle adds prime contract wins for the Homeland Defense Technical Area Tasks (HD TATs) and Defense Systems Technical Area Tasks (DS TATs) to its Reliability Information Analysis (RIAC) prime contract. By midyear, Wyle has over $2 billion in total IAC task orders awarded.


Wyle divests its testing laboratories located in Huntsville, Alabama, El Segundo, California, and San Bernardino, California.


Wyle is awarded one of three Engineering Solutions and Prototyping contracts with a total value of $350 million to provide engineering solutions and both development and flight products in the area of science and technology, exploration and flight projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center.


The Wyle Science, Technology and Engineering Group is created by merging the company's Information Systems Group, which focuses on the Federal Information Technology markets and the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Group, which supports NASA's astronaut corps, Federal healthcare and related markets.


Wyle is awarded a $318 million five-year task order to provide engineering and integration support services to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office.


CAS, Inc., founded in 1979, is headquartered in Huntsville, AL, with more than 26 locations across the nation and worldwide, was purchased by Wyle from the ITT Corporation in Sept. 2010 and established as the CAS Group.


Littlejohn, LLC sells its holdings in Wyle to Court Square Capital, a leading private equity firm. Wyle is awarded a $240 million five-year contract by the Naval Air Systems Command to provide program management, engineering, technical and other services to the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 and E/A-18G program office. Company sales for the year are approximately $1 billion and employees number 5,000.


Wyle acquires RSIS and makes it an operating group named Wyle Information Systems with a focus on Federal information technology contracts. The company drops the name Laboratories from its public use to reflect Wyle’s focus on providing engineering, scientific and research services for Federal agencies, and major aerospace and commercial high tech companies.


Wyle acquires the AI-ES aeronautics group (including organizations formally part of Veridian and Veda) from General Dynamics, bringing it into the newly-formed Aerospace Group. Wyle’s projected annual revenues rise to $500 million, George Melton, is appointed CEO and president.


Wyle wins the NASA Bioastronautics contract valued at $1 billion over its 10-year performance period. The Company also restructures and sells a majority stake to Littlejohn, LLC to support internal growth and finance potential acquisitions.


Wyle completes a record year with sales of $160 million in test and engineering services, life sciences and technical support services.


Wyle wins major support services contract at Kennedy Space Center providing launch support, non-destructive evaluation and other services to NASA as a member of the Space Gateway Support team. The company folds the contract into the newly formed Technical Support Services operating group.


Wyle purchases Krug Life Sciences, which provides medical services, flight hardware and research services to NASA to support the manned space program. It is established as a major operating group in the company and named it Wyle Life Sciences. Gus Yiakas is named CEO and president.


Wyle Scientific Services management takes Wyle Laboratories private as a management-held company with sales of $61 million. It operates as a privately-held company while Wyle Electronics continues as a publicly held company. (Wyle Electronics is subsequently purchased and absorbed by Arrow Electronics.)


Under contract to Martin Marietta and Pratt & Whitney, Wyle Norco begins major technology development programs directed toward propulsion studies for the National Aerospace Plane and the improvement of the Space Shuttle Main Engine Turbo Pumps, respectively.


Wyle Huntsville wins a major Space Station Support contract as a member of the Grumman Team to provide Payloads Utilization and Systems Integration to NASA. Wyle Hampton is successful again in winning the recompetition of the Langley Research Center Instrument Support Services contract. Wyle Huntsville designs, develops and activates a firing stand for Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster “Short Stack” for SRB O-Ring Design Requalification program.


Wyle Hampton successfully competes for a follow-on contract for the operation and maintenance of the National Transonic Facility at NASA/Langley Research Center. All Wyle Divisions (Research, Engineering and Test) combine resources for the design, development, and operation of a static solid propulsion firing system to support the Titan 34D Recovery Program.

Frank Wyle, founder and chairman of Wyle, retires.


Wyle Research obtains a contract with the U.S. Air Force to study sonic boom effects and commences support to regional airport authorities to research aircraft noise. Recently acquired Wyle Applied Research Division (formerly Applied Research, Inc.) is contracted by the U.S. Air Force-Holloman A9r Force Base to design and develop an 800 mph multi-axis seat ejection sled.


Wyle El Segundo begins component testing of MX Stage I, III, and IV Components.


Wyle El Segundo provides design and development of innovative test facilities for MX Missile storable propellant tank; pyrotechnic testing of components for the air launch cruise Missile; and testing of the spin table braking and solenoid locking mechanism for launching payloads for the shuttle payload bay.


Martin Marietta and NASA/Marshall request Wyle Huntsville to design, develop, and activate special purpose test facility to provide simultaneous combined environments (acoustic, mechanical loads, high temperature, and cryogenic cooling) to qualify the ablative materials considered for the protection of the aft end of the external tank during launch and flight environments. Wyle Hampton successfully completes the NASA Langley Research Center contract for Instrument Support Services.


Wyle El Segundo commences work on a Space Shuttle Component Test Qualification Program to include high pressure helium, cryogenic flow, and high temperature hydrogen and oxygen.


Wyle Huntsville is awarded a contract with RCA Astro-Electronics Division to deliver a 10,000-cu-foot Reverberant Acoustic Test Facility.


General Electric awards contracts to Wyle Huntsville to develop a system to simulate nuclear blast shock effects to test antiballistic missile support equipment.


Wyle records annual sales of approximately $90 million among its five operating groups: Industrial Manufacturing, Electronics Distribution, Transportation, Electronics Manufacturing, and Scientific Services and Systems Group (the latter is the operation that encompasses the modern Wyle operating company).


Subsequent to completion of work for the Saturn/Apollo Programs, Wyle begins to diversify into programs for DoD, DoT, and DoE using transfer of aerospace, engineering and test technology. Wyle Huntsville gets a DoT contract for engineering and development of a Rail Dynamics Laboratory to support the DoT Ground Transportation Test Center in Colorado.


Wyle Huntsville begins a major combined environmental test program for Rockwell/NASA requiring static structural load testing for the upper stages of the Saturn/Apollo Short Stack, including SIVB Forward Skirt, Instrument Unit, Space Lunar Adaptor (SLA), Lunar Excursion Module (Descent and Ascent stages), Service Module, and Dummy Control Module.


Wyle establishes its Hampton, Virginia facility after winning a significant contract at NASA/Langley Research Center for instrument systems engineering, calibration, and repair services.


Wyle Huntsville establishes field operations at Kennedy Space Center (Complex 39A) to support installation, activation, and certification of fluid systems in the launch umbilical towers and large-diameter, cross-country fuel transfer systems.


Under contract to IBM, Wyle Huntsville begins flight qualifications testing on the Saturn 1B instrument unit, including low frequency, 200,000-force-pounds sine and random vibration tests.


Wyle establishes a facility in Huntsville, Ala. to support the emerging NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, which is developing the Saturn Booster Program. Wyle forms the Electronics Marketing Group (incorporating Flight Electronics, Inc. and Atlas Electronics, Inc.) to supply electronic components and systems to the western regions of the U.S.


Wyle Norco develops a 100,000-force-pound, low-frequency vibration test system facility for the second stage of a Polaris Missile, as well as a complex for testing solid-propellant rocket engines (three test pads incorporate 100,000-force-pound Hydrashaker vibration system).


Wyle establishes the Norco, Calif. hazardous test facility to provide solid propellant motor vibration and high-volume fluid (cryogenics, fuel, water) flow facilities for missile components and subsystems.


Wyle begins engineering and design work on a low-frequency, high-force electrohydraulic actuator [Hydrashaker] for large-mass test specimens.


Wyle Research Instrument Division begins evaluation testing of Douglas Aircraft flight data computer. Other activities include Martin Company Titan Missile Cryogenic and Fuel Components Test Program; on-site support at Vandenberg Air force Base (hypergolic fuel handling, storage, training, and materials compatibility tests); and chemical cleaning of oxygen systems.


Wyle adopts a versatility program to provide unique test facilities “first” for constantly changing government requirements. First-of-a-kind systems include large-scale, high-pressure helium test and recovery; large-volume, high-temperature air-flow; liquid nitrogen flow; hydrocarbon and synthetic fuel flow; and combined natural and induced environments.


El Segundo Operations (Mechanical, Electrical, Pneumatics, and Fuel Test Departments) expand to accommodate MIL-Standards and Specifications Test Program requirements for prime aircraft contractors associated with F86, F100 and B-52 aircraft.


Wyle Laboratories established in El Segundo, Calif., by Frank S. Wyle. Initial capabilities are to provide environmental simulation test of aircraft systems and subsystems.

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