Anaren, Inc. provides high-frequency microwave microelectronics, components, and assemblies for wireless, aerospace, and defense electronics applications. The company is headquartered in East Syracuse, NY and operates five manufacturing facilities, each of which is subsidiary of Anaren, Inc. These include Anaren Microwave, Syracuse, NY; Anaren Ceramics, Salem, NH; MS Kennedy, Syracuse, NY; Unicircuit, Littleton, CO; and Anaren Communications, Suzhou, China. Anaren was founded by Hugh A. Hair and Carl W. Gerst in 1967. Both were RF engineers who left General Electric to focus on a new company that would develop several new RF technologies, including the circuit-etching technologies called stripline manufacturing. The company started with a few dozen employees and a small facility in Syracuse, New York and its first customers were many manufacturing firms in the U.S. defense and aerospace sector including Hughes, Litton Industries (now part of Northrup Grumman), and Raytheon. Contracts and assignments secured during the companys early years included: a microwave landing system for jetliners funded by the United States Department of Defense under FAA supervision; "wideband microwave tracking receivers" for use in direction-finding systems; and the company’s first DFD (digital frequency discriminators) and ESM (electronic support measures) to help fighter jets and seaborne vessels detect, identify, and elude the radar signals of hostile craft.