Current CEO: George Marton
The Bell & Howell culture is defined by its early history as a motion picture manufacturer. The company began operations in 1907 in Illinois. Since then, it has gone through multiple owners and incarnations. Most recently, in the year 2011, it was purchased by a company that restored the company’s original name, which is the only reason why it is still known today as Bell & Howell.
In those early years, the company produced both motion picture cameras and old-fashioned home projectors. Afterwards, the product line expanded into microfilm, many different kinds of cameras, slide projectors and even print scanners. The use of their media in the educational environment is ubiquitous; it is hard to imagine a classroom that has not used some of these technologies at some point in time. From opaque projectors to overhead presentation projectors, the use of the Bell & Howell products has made an impact on millions of people.
The motion picture and media equipment industry presents a dynamic and changing set of challenges to any company. To remain competitive, the company has relied heavily on the development of its very popular products, as mentioned above. However, in recent years, there has also been an emphasis on training and marketing to customers with modern techniques. This helps the company to re-define itself in the modern era – in a time when many of these older technologies are in danger of becoming obsolete.
This need for re-invention has led to a surprising number of interesting Bell & Howell careers. For example, the company introduced the Education Group in the late 1960s. They have been involved in institutions of higher education, including Universities in Ohio as well as several other high-profile institutions. There are opportunities for working at Bell & Howell in either the educational divisions or in the corporate departments. This kind of work is particularly interesting to people who have related background in film equipment or sales. Equipment technicians have a particularly favorable view of this company because of the unique opportunity to work on a variety of interesting devices. Equipment designers also view this aspect of their work as a part of the overall Bell & Howell benefits offered by the company.