January 2015: The Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis is updated with Thunderbolt 2 technology for amazing 20Gb/s performance.

January 2015: OWC introduces the Envoy Pro mini with desktop-class SSD performance in the size of a thumb drive; the Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD external drive; and Transwarp, a revolutionary software solution that redefines traditional hard drive performance, at its 2015 CES booth.


December 2014: OWC announces Aura SSD as industry's first SSD upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro and availability for pre-order.

November 2014: OWC announces the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock, enabling unmatched flexibility, connectivity, and performance for Thunderbolt equipped Macs.

November 2014: The ThunderBay line goes portable with the ThunderBay 4 mini, delivering big performance in a small footprint with up to 8TB of storage and sustained speeds of up to 1,284MB/s.

November 2014: OWC ThunderBay 4 is named as 2015 CES Innovations Award honoree.

October 2014: OWC announces the first-to-market memory upgrades up to 32GB for new Apple 2014 iMac 27" with Retina 5K display.

August 2014: The ABA People's Choice "Stevie" Awards honor OWC twice - for the PlayStation 4 DIY hard drive upgrade kit and for the Envoy Pro EX USB 3.0 portable SSD storage solution.

July 2014: OWC ThunderBay 4 high-performance 4-Bay Thunderbolt 2 technology enabled storage solution available in up to 20TB with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s.

July 2014: Other World Computing announces the appointment of Jen Soulè to President of OWC.

April 2014: OWC announces the Jupiter Callisto and Jupiter Kore rack-mounted enterprise class storage solutions.

April 2014: OWC expands Mercury On-The-Go Pro line with release of portable, bus-powered 1.0TB 5400RPM hard drive with a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. Also added to the Thunderbolt lineup is the Mercury Elite Pro Dual with hardware RAID options.

April 2014: OWC introduces Intel Xeon processor and OWC memory turnkey upgrades for the latest generation Apple Mac Pro 2013 with big savings over factory upgrades.

February 2014: OWC expands its rapidly growing Thunderbolt interface storage line with the ThunderBay IV 4-bay high-performance solution, adding tremendous storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port.

January 2014: OWC Mercury Helios 2 Expands Helios PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis lineup with 20Gb/s and support for up to two PCIe cards.


December 2013: Shortly after Apple announces the second generation Mac Pro, OWC is the first to release memory upgrades for the powerful new cylindrical model with and the eventual release of a 128GB kit.

November 2013: Other World Computing's Envoy Pro EX USB 3.0 Portable SSD Solution is named as a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award honoree.

November 2013: Business Intelligence Group names Other World Computing Green Tech Company of the Year for its corporate environmental protection efforts including its LEED Platinum Certified headquarters in Woodstock, Ill.

October 2013: OWC celebrates 25 years of growth plus, and innovative upgrades and enhancements for the Apple universe.

July 2013: OWC's Aura Pro and Mercury high performance SSDs win gold as the Product Line of the Year at the Best in Biz Awards 2013 International.

April 2013: The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD line is expanded with the Mercury Accelsior_E2. The Accelsior_E2 features up to 960GB of SSD capacity, 820MB/s speeds and adds two 6Gb/s eSATA interface ports for further external storage expansion capability.

March 2013: OWC continues its environmentally friendly initiatives by including software bundles directly on drives, eliminating the need for disc-based installs leading to less waste entering landfills.

January 2013: January 2013: OWC announces the Mercury Viper SSD at 2013 International CES expo. Designed for professional users and gamers that require uncompromised workflow performance, Mercury Viper is the industry's fastest 3.5 inch 6G Solid State Drive with speeds that nearly eclipse the fastest internal data interface - SATA 3.0 6Gb/s - offered in Macs and PCs.

January 2013: OWC announces the first phase of Jupiter mini-SAS DAS/SAN scalable storage solution release. Jupiter redefines shared SAN storage by harnessing the simplicity and performance of mini-SAS direct attached storage for up to 48Gb/s Speed and capacity up to 3600TB.


December 2012: Inc.'s Hire Power Awards recognizes OWC for its job creation from 2008 to 2011, placing it among the top three within the computer hardware industry during that span.

November 2012: OWC wins Silver in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2012 judged by media and analyst firms.

November 2012: OWC announces the celebration of its 25th year of providing award-winning products, service, and support to the Apple community and tech industry with a special '25th Year Kickoff Celebration' sweepstakes and fundraiser for charity: water.

September 2012: The OWC Mercury Accelsior™ PCI Express SSD wins a Gold Stevie - the highest honor awarded - in the "New Product or Service of the Year - Computer Hardware" category at the 2012 American Business Awards ceremony.

September, 2012: OWC announces the opening of a brand new distribution center in Nevada for enhanced order processing and fulfillment. The move broadens OWC's distribution capabilities and flexibility for the greater benefit of its customers in the U.S. and around the globe. The new distribution center can process 1.2 million orders a year.

August, 2012: OWC's rapid growth continues as it is named to the Inc. 5000 list of "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" for the sixth consecutive year. OWC is one of just 524 companies to be named to the list for all six years that the list has been published.

July, 2012: OWC announces the Mercury Helios™ PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis as the perfect solution for using half-length professional-level PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers without PCIe slots. OWC's first Thunderbolt-compatible product offers throughput up to 10Gb/s and offers supercharged data transfer performance up to 620MBs with capacities up to nearly 1.0TB.

June, 2012: OWC announces the industry's first "Dream Team" high-performance Solid State Drive upgrade and bus-powered enclosure bundle for 2010-2011 MacBook® Air computers. The Mercury Aura Envoy Bundle includes a speedy Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD and a unique enclosure that perfectly complements the MacBook Air and re-tasks the factory SSD as a high-performance external drive.

June, 2012: OWC expands its SSD lineup with the ultra fast, high-capacity Mercury Electra Max 3G 960GB SSD. The Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD offers near instantaneous access of large volumes of data with data transfer rates over 250MB/s. Utilizing SandForce® DuraClass™ technology, the Mercury Electra MAX also provides an increase of up to 100X in data protection, compared to ordinary SSDs and leading enterprise-class hard disk drives.

May, 2012: The OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI Express SSD is named a finalist in the "New Product or Service of the Year - Computer Hardware" category of the 2012 American Business Awards.

May, 2012: OWC is named for the third time to the Crain's Chicago Business "Fast Fifty" list of the fastest growing companies in the Chicago area, posting a 111 percent revenue growth rate over the previous five years in the published 2012 listing. OWC first appeared on the "Fast Fifty" list in 2009 and also appeared in 2011.

April, 2012: OWC showcases its new line of Jupiter mini-SAS™ shared storage solutions with blazing bandwidth up to 48Gb/s and a scalable capacity of up to 3600TB (3.6 Petabyte).

The Mercury Accelsior is introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show as the first Mac/PC bootable, fully supported PCIe SSD card on the market.

OWC announces the Mercury Aura Envoy as the industry's first bus-powered enclosure for using the Apple MacBook Air's SSD as a portable external drive.

January, 2012: OWC decidedly wins the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for best Mac Peripheral Reseller. OWC received more votes - 92% of all votes cast - than the other three finalists in the first year for the award, which was open to both brick-and-mortar and online resellers.

January, 2012: OWC announces the Mercury Aura Envoy as the industry's first bus-powered enclosure for using the Apple MacBook Air solid state drive as a portable external driven making the ideal portable solution that fits in a laptop bag or coat pocket.


OWC expands its flagship solid state drive line to include the Mercury Legacy Pro SSD, the Mercury Extreme Pro SSD Legacy Edition, the Mercury Aura Pro MBA SSD, the Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD and the Mercury Aura Pro 1.8" SSD.

OWC's rapid growth continues as it is named to the Inc. 5000 "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" list for the fifth consecutive year.

March, 2011: SSD Review HWBot Overclocking team chooses the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD in establishing a world record in the PCMark Vantage overall point category for a Quad Core system.

April, 2011: OWC introduces the Mount Pro 2.5" drive sled for adding any 2.5" SATA drive to a 2009-2010 Apple Mac Pro 'Nehalem' & 'Westmere' models for durability without compromising looks.

June, 2011: OWC announces the industry's first 16GB module-based upgrade kits up to 96GB for 2009-2010 Apple Mac Pro models for up to 3X more memory versus what is factory offered.

June, 2011: OWC expands the built in the USA consumer/prosumer targeted SandForce Driven™ SATA Revision 3.0 6GB/s solid state drive line with the new Mercury Electra 6G SSD.

Macworld Magazine names the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD one of 10 "Best of Show" products at Macworld Expo 2011; MacLife Magazine also sings its praises with a "Best Mac Hardware" honor.

September, 2011: OWC introduces the first "Apple/Mac Friendly" firmware update solution for SandForce Driven solid state drives.

September, 2011: OWC announces Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G - the industry's first 6GB/s solid state drives for the 2011 Apple MacBook Air - for speeds of more than 3X faster and capacities that are up to 4X greater than factory available SSD options.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program recognizes Other World Computing for achieving more than 100 percent on-site power generation.

OWC is awarded Platinum Level Certification by the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program for attaining the highest level of green building design and operation. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's inception, OWC is one of fewer than 300 to achieve the Platinum standard.

OWC is named on the Inc. 5,000 list of "Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America" for the fourth consecutive year, ranking 3,741.

September, 2010: OWC headquarters earns prestigious Energy Star Designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

OWC retains its Elite status by ResellerRatings.com for the second consecutive year, while maintaining a 9.65/10 lifetime rating.

OWC hits $71 million in annual sales revenue; OWC and its affiliates employ more than 125 employees collectively.


April, 2009: OWC expands its storage line when it debuts the new Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2, a Plug and Play desktop hardware RAID storage solution.

July, 2009: Excavation begins for OWC's Vestas V39-500kW wind turbine. The wind turbine will generate approximately 1,250,000 kWh per year (kilowatt hours per year) — more than double the amount that the Other World Computing facility needs. The anticipated surplus power will be sold back to local power providers to sell to other customers.

October 19, 2009: OWC Vestas V39-500kW wind turbine goes online. OWC is now 100% wind-powered, becoming the first technology manufacturer/ distributor in the U.S. to become 100% on-site wind-powered.


April 4, 2008: All OWC departments and staff members move into the new, 37,000 square-foot corporate headquarters, designed to Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. For the first time in four years, the entire OWC team is under a single roof.

OWC receives BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree Award


Axiotron and OWC Unveil the ModBook, the One and Only Mac Tablet.

June 2, 2007: OWC breaks ground on its new 37,000 square-foot corporate headquarters, designed according to Platinum specifications of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. LEED is a nationally accepted voluntary building certification program that defines high-performance green buildings, which are more environmentally responsible, healthier, and conservation-minded structures.

OWC introduces the OWC Mercury Rack Pro line of external rackmount storage solutions.

OWC premieres OWC Blu-ray Internal and External Drive Solutions.

OWC receives BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree Award.


Plans for the future LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum designed corporate headquarters are unveiled at the Other World Computing Christmas party.

OWC introduces the Mercury Elite-AL RAID series of external storage solutions.

Total employees now number 78.

OWC projects $40 million annual sales mark.

OWC receives BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree Award.

OWC introduces the first Dual-HD external FireWire drive RAID available up to 1.5 TB.

OWC is the first third party company on the market with memory modules and upgrade kits for the Intel® based Mac Pro that met Apple® specifications.

OWC reaches the milestone of having shipped more than half a million OWC brand memory modules to satisfied customers worldwide.

OWC becomes the first manufacturer to introduce a Quad Interface external hard drive combining FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connection options in one high-capacity storage solution - the OWC Mercury™ Elite-AL Pro Quad Interface.


OWC reaches $35 million sales mark.

OWC receives BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree Award.

OWC begins offering an iPod battery replacement program with a guaranteed 24-hour turnaround for its customers in the continental US.

OWC introduces the miniStack line of drives. Though designed as the perfect complement to Apple’s Mac mini, the drives are compatible with any Mac or PC with an available FireWire or USB port.

NewerTech introduces a line of Intelligent Battery Charger/Conditioners that allow customers to have two laptop batteries at optimum condition at all times.


OWC receives BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree Award.

NewerTech introduces the NuPower “MaxCapacity” replacement battery compatible with the PowerBook G3 FireWire (2000/Pismo) and PowerBook G3 Lombard (1999/Bronze Keyboard) models"


OWC introduces the Mercury Elite-AL line of external storage solutions.

OWC launches FasterMac.net, a Macintosh-only Internet service that provides nationwide 56K dialup access throughout the United States specifically for Macintosh computer users.

OWC debuts Mercury Extreme product line with a G4/1.33GHz processor upgrade, the fastest Macintosh processor to date.

NewerTech introduces an extra high-capacity NuPower replacement battery compatible with PowerBook G3 FireWire (2000/Pismo) and PowerBook G3 Lombard (1999/Bronze Keyboard) models.

OWC debuts OWC Neptune line of external 7200RPM FireWire storage solutions. The drives are available in 60GB to 250GB capacities.


OWC moves to new location at 1004 Courtaulds Drive, Woodstock; total employees, about 30.

OWC is the first company to offer an iPod case - “The Pod Protector.”

OWC introduces the OWC Mercury On-The-Go 60 gigabyte (GB), 2.5" portable FireWire drive, the largest 2.5" portable FireWire storage solution available at that time.

OWC introduces a high-performance Mercury Elite FireWire/USB 2.0 Combo Storage Solution that operates at 7200 RPMs.


OWC introduces the Mercury Classic Elite line of external storage solutions.


OWC introduces Mercury G3 ZIF upgrade line.


OWC ships its first OWC-branded acceleration products.


O’Connor renames LRO Computers Sales “Other World Computing” (aka OWC), which operates as a DBA of NCDC. OWC takes its name from the founding principles to always provide a level of complete customer satisfaction that can’t be found with other computer-related company in the world.

OWC reaches first $1 million in sales.


LRO Computer Sales incorporates in the state of Illinois under the name New Concepts Development Corporation (NCDC). The company moves into a 2,500-square-foot office space, which expands to about 6,500-square feet over the next eight years.


LRO Computer Sales shifts focus solely to computers by offering hard drives to its customers.


LRO Enterprises reorganizes itself into LRO Computer Sales and begins selling computer memory chips via America Online. The company moves into its first facility in Woodstock, IL, acquiring 1,200-square feet and hiring its first employees.


At age 14, Larry O’Connor begins LRO Enterprises, a printer ribbon re-inking business, in his family’s barn.