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Dover 

“Market Cap $14.07 B As of May 2014

At a Glance

  • Industry: Conglomerates
  • Founded: 1955
  • Country: United States
  • CEO: Robert Livingston
  • Website:www.dovercorporation.com
  • Employees: 37,000
  • Sales: $8.73 B
  • Headquarters: Downers Grove, Illinois

Forbes Lists

#828 Global 2000

  • #1079 in Sales
  • #635 in Profit
  • #1675 in Assets
  • #797 in Market value
Profile

Dover Corp. manufactures and offers innovative equipment, components, and specialty systems. The company also provides supporting engineering, testing, and other similar services. It operates its business through four segments: Communication Technologies, Energy, Engineered Systems, and Printing & Identification. The Communication Technologies segment is engaged in the design and manufacture of innovative products and components in the consumer electronics, medical technology, aerospace/defense, and telecom/other markets. The Energy segment provides highly-engineered solutions for the safe and efficient extraction and handling of oil and gas in the drilling, production, and downstream markets. The Engineered Systems segment is comprised of two platforms, Fluid Solutions and Refrigeration & Industrial, which are industry leaders in the fluids systems, refrigeration and food equipment, and certain other industrial markets. The Printing & Identification segment provides integrated printing, coding, and dispensing solutions for the consumer goods, food, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets. The company was founded by George L. Ohrstrom in 1947 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL.

Dover History

Dover’s name originated with its river – the River Dour, deriving from the Brythonic Dubrās (“the waters”), via its Latinised form of Dubris. The cliffs also gave England its ancient name of Albion (“white”). The Romans called it ’’Portus Dubris’’; the modern name was in use at least by the time Shakespeare wrote King Lear (between 1603 and 1606), in which the town and its cliffs play a prominent role.

Dover’s history, because of its proximity to France, has always been of great strategic importance to Britain. Archaeological finds have shown that there were Stone Age people in the area; and that by the Bronze Age the maritime influence was already strong. Some Iron Age finds exist also, but the coming of the Romans made Dover part of their communications network. Like Lemanis (Lympne) and Rutupiae (Richborough) Dover was connected by road to Canterbury and Watling Street; and it became Portus Dubris, a fortified port. Forts were built above the port; lighthouses were constructed to guide passing ships; and one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Britain is here.

Dover figured largely in the Domesday Book as an important borough. It also served as a bastion against various attackers: notably the French during the Napoleonic Wars; and against Germany during World War II. It was one of the Cinque Ports during medieval times.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org

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