Martin Marietta

The Martin Marietta Corporation was an American company founded in 1961 through the merger of Glenn L. Martin Company and American-Marietta Corporation.[1] The combined company became a leader in chemicals, aerospace, and electronics.[1] In 1995, it merged with Lockheed Corporation to form Lockheed Martin.[2]

Martin Marietta Corporation
joint-stock company 
FateMerged with Lockheed Corporation
PredecessorGlenn L. Martin Company
American Marietta Corporation
SuccessorLockheed Martin
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland


Martin Marietta formed in 1961 by the merger of the Glenn L. Martin Company and American-Marietta Corporation.

Martin, based in Baltimore, was primarily an aerospace concern with a recent focus on missiles, namely its Titan program. American-Marietta was headquartered in Chicago and produced paints, dyes, metallurgical products, construction materials, and other goods.[3][4][5][6]

In 1982, Martin Marietta was subject to a hostile takeover bid by the Bendix Corporation, headed by William Agee. Bendix bought the majority of Martin Marietta shares and in effect owned the company. However, Martin Marietta's management used the short time separating ownership and control to sell non-core businesses and launch its own hostile takeover of Bendix (known as the Pac-Man defense).[7][8] Thomas G. Pownall, CEO of Martin Marietta, was successful and the end of this extraordinarily bitter battle saw Martin Marietta survive; Bendix was bought by Allied Corporation.[8][9][10]




Missiles and rockets


Unmanned aerial vehicles

See also


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  1. Harwood, William B., book: [Raise Heaven and Earth: The Story of Martin Marietta], Simon & Schuster; (1993)
  2. The Founding of Lockheed Martin", official website of Lockheed Martin Corp., retrieved December 4, 2017
  3. "Advertisement: American-Marietta". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 24, 1957. p. 12-part 1.
  4. "Marietta, Martin eye consolidation". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 24, 1961. p. 9-part 2.
  5. "American-Marietta, Martin plan merger". Milwaukee Journal. June 24, 1961. p. 13.
  6. "Martin, Marietta approve merger". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. October 10, 1961. p. 8-part 2.
  7. "Bendix board rejects Martin Marietta offer". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. September 1, 1982. p. A8.
  8. Oliver, Myrna (July 3, 2005). "Wall Street folk hero dies". Seattle Times. (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  9. Burns, Robert (September 23, 1982). "Allied Corp. enters the race to take over Bendix Corp". Kentucky New Era. Hopkinsville, KY. Associated Press. p. 19.
  10. Burns, Robert (September 25, 1982). "Allied, Bendix, Marietta clinch deal". Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, VA. Associated Press. p. 9.
  11. "General Dynamics Sells Atlas Rocket Unit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
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