The Boeing Company originates in humble beginnings of 1916 when William Boeing began fascinated by the prospect of building planes for profits. Boeing started his company named Pacific Aero Products Company as an outfit to provide aircraft parts for sale. The company got a new name, Boeing Airplane Company. Within a short time, Mr. Boeing transformed an astute lumber salesperson to an aircraft-manufacturing bigwig. Boeing claimed the throne of the largest aircraft manufacturer after acquiring McDonnell Douglass and Rockwell International.
Today, the company operates one of the largest and most reputable aircraft manufacturing sites in the world. Boeing provides a range of solutions to global customers. The company develops and sells commercial aircrafts, satellites, systems for space launch and flight. Other non-civilian products include missile defense systems. Boeing operates globally but has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. The company has been part of the New York Stock Exchange since 1962.