IAP Worldwide Services has a rich history. Although it was a little-known company when it was founded in 1953, its six decades of existence has transformed it into a giant company with over 2000 employees across 25 nations. Over the years, IAP Worldwide Services has offered many services. Today, the corporation focuses on facilities management, global-scale logistics and advanced professional and technical services.
Originally, the company was called Pan Am World Services. In the 1950s and 60s, it was involved in some special projects that saw its name written in the history books. IAP was contracted by NASA to build and operate the first space launch complex in the United States. The complex, located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, was used to test at least 2500 launches. These launches included the manned shuttle program and air-breathing missiles. The experience gained in building and operating the space launch complex enabled the company to introduce new services.
In 1990, Johnson Controls acquired the company. The acquisition saw the company change its name to Johnson Controls Worldwide Services Inc. Under the new name, the company expanded its services across the globe. This saw the company establish itself as a global leader in operating, maintaining and managing military bases and other complex facilities.
In the 1990s, the company started its diversification process. This process saw it invest in developing innovative ways to increase energy efficiency. Additionally, it started working on how systems such as fire, security, environmental control and lighting in facilities could be automated. These new services saw the company’s client base grow exponentially.
IAP was founded in 2004 to provide logistic services to the US Army. The company’s importance to the army grew fast, thus shifting from supplying the army with generators to supporting troops in Iraq. The good relationship with the military saw the company win more contracts. In 2005, it acquired JCWS. Consequently, JCWS’s name was once again changed to match the name of the new owner.
The new company, IAP Worldwide Services, used the contacts and connections of both JCWS and IAP Worldwide Services to establish itself globally. The company divided its services into three main areas. These are the professional and technical services, base operations support services and global operations and logistic services. In efforts to widen the number of services it offers and increase its customer base, the company has continued to acquire other firms. One of its notable acquisitions is the acquisition of G3 Systems Ltd in 2005. The acquisition enabled it to increase its areas of operations to over 110 globally.
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