United Technologies
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It's got a pretty hands-off name, but United Technologies (UTX, Fortune 500) is a manufacturer with many arms, and it oversees some of the U.S.'s most prominent brands. Sure, Boeing (BA, Fortune 500) and Airbus make the news when they win or lose bids, but United Technologies owns Pratt & Whitney, the company that powers many of the planes those companies produce. And, of course, we all know Otis, the iconic elevator brand, which is a United Technologies company too. Manufacturer Sikorsky is another part of United Technologies' profile. And while Sikorsky may not ring a bell, it made the famous Black Hawk helicopters for the U.S. military.

Even less sexy but more pervasive, perhaps, is United Technologies bread and butter -- its climate, controls and security unit. The division made up the largest portion of the company's net sales in 2012 -- $17.1 billion out of $57.7 billion total.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 06 2013 07:15 AM ET
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