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1960s: Miller Goes on the Road

Miller took welding directly to the customer when the company launched its first Road Show™ truck, calling it the biggest "array of welders and welding processes ever displayed in a mobile unit".

Miller's Road Show is still trucking today, with a 62-foot semi equipped with the latest welding power sources and systems.

On July 31, 1962, Niels Miller, died at age 63. Much of Miller's early growth is directly attributable to Mr. Miller's inventive genius and leadership. With his passing, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Margaret took over the reins of the company, with Al Mulder managing the plant and engineering.

Because of President Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, companies that were part of the U.S. space program, such as General Dynamics, approached Miller and asked the company to supply specialty welding machines to build missiles and rockets. Miller responded with welding equipment designed to produce X-ray quality welds, join exotic materials and weld automatically. Miller equipment welded the Mercury capsule, Atlas missiles and the Eagle lunar landing craft.

Noteworthy Inventions

1962: Steve Russell, a young computer programmer from M.I.T., led the team that created the first computer game, Spacewar.

1964: Stereo 8, commonly known as the 8-track tape, was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records.

1965: Stephanie Louise Kwolek’s research for the DuPont Company leads to the development of Kevlar.

1969: The U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency developed ARPAnet, the world's first packet switching network and the predecessor of the Internet.

 

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1960s Miller Road Show Post Card
1960s Miller Road Show Truck
1960s Miller Road Show
1961 Miller Road Show
1960s Miller Road Show
1960s Miller Road Show Demo - Wirefeeder
1963 Miller Electric Mfg Co Plant
1960s Niels Miller
1960s Mrs. Niels Miller
1960s Margaret Miller Gilson
1960s Margaret Miller Gilson
1960s Margaret Miller Gilson
1960s NASA - Miller Display
1960s Mrs. Niels Miller
1960s NASA
1960s Niels at his desk
1965 Miller Electric Mfg Co Plant
Al Mulder
Al Mulder
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