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WESCAM’s History in Hamilton

We’re coming back to where it all began:

Hamilton – We’re excited to be a part of this community… again!

Did you know that WESCAM began in the same neighborhood we’re moving back to?

The idea of “WESCAM” dates back to 1957 when engineers for Westinghouse Canada Inc., located on Longwood Road in Hamilton, Ontario were involved in developing a stabilized camera system for surveillance applications. In 1960, John “Nox” Leavitt, a senior engineer with the company at the time, led a team of engineers in inventing a stabilized camera mount for the Canadian Defense Research Establishment. The product was named WESSCAM – Westinghouse Steered Stabilized Camera Mount.

In 1974 Nox purchased the lab equipment and patents from Westinghouse and founded Istec Limited, Isolation Stabilization Technologies. The company, in Hamilton, had 17 employees and generated approximately $1 million in revenue. It experienced substantial expansion through internal growth and strategic acquisitions. This brought complementary technologies, broad intellectual capability and increased market share to the company. In 1994 Istec changed its name to Wescam and in 1995 Wescam went Public on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the leadership of Mark Chamberlain, a well-known, and respected Hamilton business man. 

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In 2001, L3 Technologies purchased Wescam. As part of L3, WESCAM expanded its presence across the U.S., and increased its base of products and service offerings to customers on a global scale. Today, WESCAM employs over 1,100 skilled workers, which is a 60 percent increase since 2016! And we are still growing – we are currently hiring!

We are a world-leader in electro-optic and infrared imaging technologies and system solutions. We have over 4,700 systems and solutions operational across 80+ counties, and our technologies can be found on over 200 different platforms across the air, land and maritime domains.