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1940s
1947
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The Beginning

L.E. O’Neil & Associates is established as a mechanical design engineering company in Dayton, Ohio, with five employees by Larry E. O’Neil, PE . Larry had been an aerospace engineer at Douglas Aircraft and then at Wright Field.

Mid 1950s
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Services Added

Technical manual preparation added to services.

1960s
1960
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Company Incorporated and Logo Created

Company incorporates as L. E. O’Neil & Associates, Inc. (ONEIL). LEO the Lion becomes logo.

1962
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Pioneering Recognition

Larry O’Neil (left), pictured with three of the five founders, establishes the National Aviation Hall of Fame and obtains a federal charter from U.S. Congress.

1968
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Adopting New Technology

An Illustromat analog computer for technical art is installed, and ONEIL becomes one of the first businesses in Ohio to use computerized graphics.

1969
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Digital Storage

Buying IBM magnetic tape systems marks the company’s first digital storage of text.

1970s
1970
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Sales Milestone

Company sales reach $500,000.

1971
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Evolution of Services

Typesetting department composes ONEIL tech manuals and provides typesetting services to many organizations including producing a four volume secret study on the feasibility of a nuclear-powered aircraft for Wright Patterson Air Force Base - Air Force Institute of Technology. 

1976
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First Business Computer

The company’s first business computer, the BASIC-4, is installed for accounting and automation of parts manual preparation. It has 3 drives, for a total of 30 megabytes.

1977
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New Ownership

Wayne Yoder (Right | President 1977-1988) purchases the company, with John Staten (Left | President 1988 -2006) buying a share. (Center: Founder Larry O'Neil | President 1947-1977)

1977
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Sales Milestone

Company sales top $1,000,000.

1977
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Company Name Changed

Company name changed to drop “L.E.” Larry O’Neil keeps engineering design and training/video production, starting a separate company called “LEO Systems.”  The company logo is modified.

1978
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Company of the Year

ONEIL named Company of the Year by Kettering Community Corporation for commercial growth of Kettering.

1980s
1980
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Enhanced Capabilities

A Quadex phototypesetter updates the company’s capabilities to state-of-the-art.

1981
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Sales Milestone

Company receives first order in excess of $1 million (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) for U.S. Army via Oshkosh Truck (now Oshkosh Defense).

1981
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Company Growth

Company grows to 50 employees and moves to larger facility at 224 N. St. Clair Street in downtown Dayton.

1982
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Sales Milestone

Company sales top $2 million

1983
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Sales Milestone

Company sales exceed $4 million with HEMTT program.

1985
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Evolving Technology

Art department upgrades from analog computer to new digital TriVector computer.

1986
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Recognition

ONEIL receives the first of several International Technical Art Competition awards from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). ONEIL art was placed on the cover of STC International Journal for two consecutive issues.

1988
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In Memoriam

Wayne Yoder, president and primary owner, passes away. John Staten, part owner and 22-year employee, purchases the company, which has 53 employees.

1990s
1990
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Expansion

First branch office is established in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, upon winning Palletized Load System (PLS) phase 1 subcontract from Oshkosh Truck (now Oshkosh Defense).

1991
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In Memoriam

Larry E. O'Neil, founder of ONEIL, passes away.

1991
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Third Generation of Logo Created

The company symbol of Leo the Lion evolves to its third iteration.

1991
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Headquarters Move

Company outgrows facilities and moves to larger offices at 425 N. Findlay St. in Dayton, Ohio, just as the Cold War ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

1992
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Recognition

Company receives the City of Dayton’s Small Business of the Year award.

1991
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Sales Milestone

Company sales exceed $8 million.

1992
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Work Honored

Astronaut Neil Armstrong performed the honorary enshrinement of Larry E. O'Neil (posthumously) into the National Aviation Hall of Fame for his work in honoring aviation pioneers.

1992
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Giving Back
Community

Aiding underprivileged local families becomes a company tradition through Helping Hands committee.

1993
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Company Growth

Company grows to more than 100 employees.

1993
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Recognition

John Staten is named “Executive of the Year” at the Dayton Business Reporter Small Business Awards banquet.

1993
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Evolution of Offerings

ONEIL adds Continuous Acquisition and Life Cycle Support (CALS), electronic catalogs, online help, and Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) to service offerings.

1994
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Recognition

Dayton Area Early Childhood Coalition honors company as a Family-Friendly organization based on exemplary employee programs and activities like the Adopt-a-Family Christmas project. U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton presents award to Bob Miller.

1994
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Department of Defense Support

Electronic documents prepared by ONEIL are used in a U. S. Navy electronic technical manual.

CALS/Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)data for the  Milstar  satellite are delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

1995
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Delivering Firsts

Company delivers first SGML-based CD-ROM IETM. Customer: American Railway Engineering Association (AREA). It is the 100th year this 3,000-page engineering design handbook was published. (ONEIL did not author.)

1995
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Worldwide Web Presence

ONEIL website www.oneil.com is launched.

1996
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Sales Milestone

Company sales exceed $9 million.

1996
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Company Acquisition

Company acquires LEO Systems (Larry O’Neil’s design engineering and training company). Occasional orders for equipment that Larry designed are still fulfilled by subcontracting the fabrication.

1997
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50th Anniverary

Company celebrates 50th anniversary; 160 employees; sales exceed $10 million.

1998
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Modernization Efforts

NACCO (Now Hyster Yale Group) selects ONEIL over EDS and 18 other companies. ONEIL pays for modernization as part of a contract for a minimum commitment of 5 years. Portland, Oregon staff joins ONEIL expanding footprint to the West Coast.

1998
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Learning and Training Services Added

Company acquires assets and employees of The Oxford Associates, a training company.

1998
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Growth

Employment reaches 200, with 15 in the Information Engineering group.

1999
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Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM)

Developed a Class-5 IETM and Computer-Based Training on Satellite Ground Terminals for Harris Corp (now L3Harris) and U.S. Army.

2000s
2001
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Changing Time–Changing Business

Terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon result in a significant reduction in ONEIL commercial aerospace business and create a surge in Department of Defense work.

2001
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Training Services Expanded–Again

Company acquires assets and employees of AVTECH, an e-Learning company.

2001
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Sales Milestone

Company sales exceed $17 million.

2001
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Move to Current Headquarters

Over Christmas break, the company moved to larger and more modern facilities at 495 Byers Road, Miamisburg, Ohio.

2002
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West Coast Office Opened

Company opens office in San Diego, California to support Electronic Maintenance System (EMS) contract.

2003
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New Business

U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) awards EMS-Next Generation (EMS-NG) contract to ONEIL.

2003
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ISO Compliant Certified

ONEIL’s Quality Management System (QMS) is certified ISO 9001 compliant.

2003
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Fourth Generation of Logo Created

The company symbol of Leo the Lion evolves to it's fourth iteration.

2004
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Transition to Employee Ownership

John Staten and Bob Heilman  (CEO 2001-2016) work out agreement for management team and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to gradually buy company from John, at no cost to employees. ESOP receives 1.25 percent of stock.

2005
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Workforce Evolution

For the first time, 25 percent of employees work at offices other than at headquarters.

2005
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S1000D Standard

ONEIL is the first U.S. company to develop and deliver an S1000D IETP (IETM) to the UK MOD (Oshkosh Wheeled Tanker Program).

 
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2005
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Aviation Support

Developed maintenance manual for entire Eclipse business jet aircraft.

2005
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Board of Directors

Company establishes an outside governing board of directors.

2006
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Televised Appearance

Bob Heilman appeared on the CNBC show World Business Review, hosted by retired General Norman Schwarzkopf.

2006
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Authoring Next Generation

Company starts authoring HEMTT Class–5 IETM using EMS-NG, developed by ONEIL for the U.S. Army.

2006
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A Quicker Way to Fault Isolation

Company started selling ONeTOOL with 24/7 support to warfighters.

2007
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Sales Milestone

Company sales exceed $24 million.

2007
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Expansion of Technology Tools

Company significantly expanded technology tools in areas including graphics, diagnostics, and XML-based Content Management Environments.

2007
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Next Generation of Electronic Maintenance System

EMS-NG becoming widely used for many U.S. Army vehicles.

2008
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High–Bay Workshop Added

Added a 4,500 sq. ft. high–bay workshop for hands–on product support development on military and commercial equipment as well as hosting U.S. Army and USMC validations, verifications, and logistics demonstrations.

2008
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Became Fully Employee-Owned Company

ESOP increases ownership to 25 percent of company. With additional investment by management team, we became an Employee-Owned Company. ONEIL Board of Directors was formed.

2008
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Customer Support Expanded

Installed a backup generator to keep computers running if city power is lost. ONEIL computers now contain 30 terabytes of data.

2008
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Sales Milestone

Despite The Great Recession, company sales hit $30 million.

2009
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Employment and Sales Milestone

Employment exceeds 300; sales exceed $33 million.

2009
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Army Contract Awarded

U.S. Army awards company sole source follow-on contract for EMS-NG with a ceiling of $30 million.

2010s
2010
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Company Recognition

Company makes Inc. magazine’s top 5,000 list.

2010
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Company Growth

To accommodate next round of growth, company leases 10,000 square feet of space on Lyons Road.

2010
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U.S. Navy Subcontract Awarded

Company wins subcontract with the U.S. Navy in Crane, Indiana, to support the F-18 aircraft depot for electronic warfare systems.

2011
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Larry's Work Still Making an Impact

Company delivers 10 halon recharging stations worth $200,000 to support F-16 aircraft. Larry O’Neil's design has been used for more than 30 years. ONEIL continued to provide service parts and complete systems.

2011
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Became Official “System of Record” - U.S. Army

Company completed and distributed the EMS-NG suite for use by TACOM staff and prime contractors. EMS-NG became an official “system of record” for the U.S. Army.

2011
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Direct Contract with USAF

Company wins first major direct contract with the U.S. Air Force WPAFB for S1000D and software work.

2012
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65th Anniversary

Company celebrates 65th anniversary.

2015
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Employee Owned

Company became wholly employee owned.

2016
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In Memoriam

Robert Heilman, CEO of ONEIL, passes away.

2017
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70th Anniversary

Company celebrates 70th anniversary.

2017
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ONEIL Center for Reasearch Communication

Company sponsors ONEIL Center for Communications at Wright State University and establishes the Robert Heilman fellowship to honor late CEO. (Image Source: Dayton Daily News)

2019
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Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab

Construction of a AR/VR lab creating a state-of-the-art workshop for augmented and virtual reality product offerings.

2020s
2020
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In Memoriam
Photo of John Staten

Former owner, president, CEO and current chairman of the board at ONEIL, John Staten, passes away.

2021
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Company Rebrand

Announces a new corporate brand identity that positions the product support solutions company for continued growth. The modernized brand design builds on the company’s deep roots in technology services and solutions and highlights its greatest strength: making complex information easier to understand.

2022
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75th Anniversary

Company celebrates 75th anniversary.