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Headquarters: 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20006
Employees: 47,000
CEO: Lawrence Culp Jr.
Stock Symbol: DHR


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The Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets industrial and consumer products.

The Danaher Business segments include Professional Instrumentation, Medical Technologies, Industrial Technologies and Tools & Components.

The Professional Instrumentation segment encompasses two strategic platforms: Test & Measurement and Environmental.

The Medical Technologies segment encompasses three key businesses: Dental Equipment and Consumables, Life Sciences, and Acute Care Diagnostics.

The Industrial Technologies segment encompasses two strategic platforms: Motion and Product Identification and three niche businesses; Aerospace and Defense, Power Quality, and Sensors and Controls.

The Tools & Components segment encompasses one strategic platform, Mechanics Hand Tools, and four focused niche businesses Jacobs Chuck, Delta Consolidated Industries, Hennessy Industries, and Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

The company operates subsidiaries under various names in 30 different countries.

In 2009, Danaher had revenues of $11.1 billion. Net income was $1.15 billion.

The company announced it would acquire Keithley Instruments in September for $300 million.


The origin of "Danaher" goes back to the root "Dana," a Celtic word dating from before 700 BC and meaning "swift flowing".

In the early 1980's, the vision of a manufacturing company, dedicated to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, was conceived during a fishing trip on the Danaher, a tributary to the south fork of the Flat Head River in western Montana. The founders of the company adopted the name for their new organization.

Updated October 17, 2010

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