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Flir CEO Jim Cannon talks huge acquisitions and tiny drones

Suzanne Stevens
Flir CEO Jim Cannon talks huge acquisitions and tiny drones

It's been an active 2019 for Flir Systems. Since January, the Wilsonville-based company has made the two largest acquisitions in its 40-year history, paying roughly $200 million for Canadian drone maker Aeryon Labs and $385 million for Boston-based Endeavor Robotics Holdings Inc. Flir's thermal imaging technology is used by military, industrial and commercial customers to enhance vision and awareness on the battlefield, in search and rescue operations and even to help park rangers in Kenya eliminate poaching through a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. Innovation is critical in any industry, particularly technology.