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Did you know that the Vault-Tec/RobCo partnership is considered the most successful joint venture in the history of American industry?Vault 101 PA System

RobCo Industries was a multi-billion-dollar robotics and software corporation founded by industrialist and technologist Robert House.[4]

Background

Founded on June 25, 2042, House's company developed a wide range of robotic products including the eyebot, protectron, and sentry bot[4] as well as the Stealth Boy Model 3001 Personal Stealth Device.[5][6] RobCo invested in exhibits for the public, such as the joint RobCo/General Atomics exposition at the Museum of Technology in Washington, D.C.[7]

Acquisitions

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The company was known to acquire valuable assets through any means necessary. One such asset was REPCONN Aerospace. RobCo acquired the company after a year of buying shares from 2075 to 2076,[8][9] when Steeple's allies turned against him. The Vice President tried to rally the board again and sought help from Masters,[10] but while the CFO officially agreed to support him,[11] she was actually working with General Manager Piers Isley to sell the company.[12] Citing the profit of a merger with RobCo (not to mention avoiding a hostile takeover and a much less amicable transition), Isley and Masters managed to undermine Steeple's position in the company and get the board of directors to pass a vote of no confidence against Steeple, after he refused to even consider selling his part of the company, in order to maintain their independence and integrity. Failing the vote, Steeple stepped down from his position as Vice President.[10]

Carl Rook, transferred from RobCo's security division, became the next Vice President, focusing on improving the security within the company.[13] Robert House, CEO of RobCo, used the newly acquired company for a weapons research program for Colonel Moretti of the US military, repurposing REPCONN's proprietary plasma rocket propulsion system.[14][15]

H&H Tools factory, the inheritance Anthony House stole from Robert, saw aggressive trading practices at the hands of RobCo, in attempt to obtain their market share.[16][17]

Joint ventures

RobCo also had the good fortune of forming lasting partnerships with other corporations. In fact, the joint venture with Vault-Tec, in which RobCo's Pip-Boy 2000 and Pip-Boy 3000 were selected as the personal information processors for Vault dwellers,[3] was widely considered one of the most successful joint ventures in the history of American commerce and industry.[18] A number of vaults were built throughout the Mojave Desert, though only one is known of.[19] In addition, RobCo also assisted in Vault 79's construction, adding military-grade defensive turret systems to the Vault.[20] The turret system was developed at the RobCo Research Center, known as the Semi-Autonomous Immobile Weapon Platform,[21] to be used only for special government procurement.[22]

Another venture made was with that of the Nuka-Cola Corporation and their Nuka-World amusement park, opening the RobCo Battlezone as part of the grand opening of the Galactic Zone.

Yet another venture was made with the company Arktos Pharma and three other unknown corporations to secure a contract with the United States Space Administration for the Deep Sleep project, which was an attempt to record biological sensory data from subjects in hibernation pods in zero-gravity conditions.[23]

One of their largest ventures was with that of the Hornwright Industrial and Atomic Mining Services in order to bulldoze and take land from many residents of the Cranberry Bog, specifically Watoga National Park, and replace it with a fully automated city of the future, with the RobCo facility nearby providing them with jobs and advanced technologies.[2][24]

Perhaps their most prestigious joint venture was military contract 38917. In cooperation with General Atomics International, Robco was contracted to collaborate on an unprecedented joint project: The creation of the most powerful combat robot in the history of warfare, to liberate Anchorage, Alaska from Chinese occupation in a display of power meant to demoralize the enemy and force them into submission. The project was meant to serve both military and propaganda needs. The former dictated the capacity, the latter the design: In the words of General Constantine Chase, initiator of the project, Liberty Prime was to embody the American military: A walking, talking, nuke-tossing hero reminding enemies of the U.S. that they picked a fight with a global superpower.[25] Confident that the project would soon yield result, General Chase publicly confirmed in June 2072 that the U.S. Army was working with General Atomics and RobCo to create a superweapon meant to establish dominance of the United States on the Alaskan front.[26]

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References

  1. Watoga Municipal Center terminal entries
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 RobCo Research Center terminal entries; Receptionist terminal, Welcome to RobCo
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.4-20—4-21: "ROBCO PIPBOY 2000"
    "To help Vault Dwellers record information (and information is extremely valuable, in fact, it might be the most valuable weapon we have against the end of civilization, so pay attention!), Vault-Tec has selected the RobCo Industries RobCo PIPBoy 2000 as the Personal Information Processor of choice for its Vault Dwellers."
    "The RobCo PIPBoy 2000 (hereafter called the PIPBoy), is a handy device that you wear on your wrist. It’s small, especially by today’s standards, and it will store a goodly amount of information for you. And using modern super-deluxe resolution graphics to boot!"
  4. 4.0 4.1 A tragedy has befallen all mankind
  5. Fallout 2 item description: "{5400}{}{Stealth Boy}"
    "{5401}{}{A RobCo Stealth Boy 3001 personal stealth device. Generates a modulating field that transmits the reflected light from one side of an object to the other.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  6. Museum of Technology placard: "This is the RobCo "Stealth Boy" Model 3001 Personal Stealth Device. Developed by Robert Mayflower, the Stealth Boy generates a modulating field that transmits the reflected light from one side of an object to the other making the bearer almost invisible to the untrained eye."
  7. Museum of Technology terminal entries; Museum information, Robotics Exhibits
  8. The Courier: "REPCONN's history."
    Tour guide: "REPCONN's illustrious history began way back in 2054, shortly after the famous Delta XI rocket was completed and launched. REPCONN's initial focus was on the development of fuel to be used in orbital propulsion in response to the energy crisis of 2052. Sad times, indeed. The company really took off when RobCo purchased REPCONN in late 2076 to develop unmanned rockets to explore the solar system."
    (Tour guide's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "Tell me about RobCo."
    Tour guide: "RobCo industries purchased REPCONN in 2075 to assist with some of RobCo's military projects, as well as developing unmanned space exploration. The relationship between RobCo and REPCONN is mutually beneficial, and we hope that both companies bolster each other well into the next century."
    (Tour guide's dialogue)
  10. 10.0 10.1 REPCONN headquarters terminal entries; terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262173
  11. REPCONN headquarters terminal entries; terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262178
  12. REPCONN headquarters terminal entries; terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262719
  13. REPCONN headquarters terminal entries; terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #345776
  14. REPCONN headquarters terminal entries; terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3458631
  15. Arcade Gannon: "I've read about REPCONN. I think they did some work with the... the government before the war. Rockets and some energy weapon prototypes, I think."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  16. H&H Tools factory terminal entries; terminal, E-Mail from Alan Dalton
  17. H&H Tools factory terminal entries; terminal, E-mail from Alan Dalton
  18. Vault 101 PA System: ""Did you know -- the Vault-Tec/RobCo partnership is considered the most successful joint venture in the history of American industry?""
  19. Hidden Valley bunker terminals#Journal Entry 747
  20. Vault 79 (slideshow)
  21. RobCo Research Center terminal entries, Immobile weapons research
  22. Fred Radcliff: "We're dealing with RobCo's semi-autonomous immobile weapon platform, only used for special government procurement. Extra thick ballistic shielding plus reflective paneling, internal temperature regulation. Even has built-in air fresheners. But can your new buddy Radcliff beat them? Of course he can. Just need a little help from the source."
    (Fred Radcliff's dialogue)
  23. Government contract
  24. RobCo Research Center terminal entries; Receptionist terminal, Watoga
  25. Citadel terminal entries; Liberty Prime Operation, Project Summary
  26. Citadel terminal entries; Liberty Prime Operation, Capital Post Article -- June 3, 2072
  27. RobCo stock shares (1000)
  28. Missile silo terminal entries; Mainframe access terminal; Operations Center Overview
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Missile silo terminal entries; Facilities mainframe
  30. RobCo sales and service center terminal entries; RobCo Sales & Service Center terminal; Service Requests; Calvin Crenshaw
  31. RobCo sales and service center terminal entries; RobCo E-330 terminal
  32. RobCo sales and service center terminal entries; RobCo E-601 terminal
  33. RobCo sales and service center terminal entries; RobCo RX-6550 terminal
  34. RobCo sales and service center terminal entries; RobCo RX-9000 terminal
  35. Red Rocket Mega Stop terminal entries; Maintenance terminal; Orders and Deliveries
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