Known as a premier manufacturer of bath products, this innovative company soon expanded beyond soap production, ultimately becoming a pioneer as a national mail-order house.
Allan Herschell and his partner James Armitage build their first carousel and launch what will become one of the largest manufacturers of these amusement park staples in the world.
Willis Carrier submits drawings for what becomes recognized as the world’s first modern air-conditioning system.
The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company becomes the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world during WWI, producing America’s most famous WWI plane, the Curtiss “Jenny.”
The Tri-Continental Corporation opens up for business and introduces the first automobile windshield wipers.
Fisher-Price is established and soon becomes one of the world’s premier toy manufacturers.
Re-designed by Alfred Gillespie from an original invention by Jacob Myers, this invention, created here in WNY, revolutionized the electoral process.
The Great Arrow, a
4-cylinder car built by the Pierce Arrow Company, takes first place in the international, auto-endurance car rally the Glidden Tour.
Bell Aircraft produces the first American jet fighter - the Bell P-59 Airacomet.
O-Cel-O is formed by the inventors and first producers of the artificial sponge.
A member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Wilson Greatbatch develops the first reliable artificial pacemaker.
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Rich Products is formed as Robert Rich Sr.’s invention of a non-dairy whipped topping revolutionizes the food industry.
Charles Dahlstrom designs and patents the first fireproof metallic door and founds company to corner the market on doors and entrances in the new era of skyscrapers.
Bethlehem Steel begins operations and goes on to become the world’s largest steel producers, employing, at one time, over 300,000 Buffalonians.
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