The America Manufacturing Hall of Fame held their second annual Induction Ceremony of Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Trumbull.
A.C. Gilbert Company
Athlete, scholar, magician, toymaker, businessman, inventor, marketer, a lifelong advocate for children and learning, Alfred Carlton Gilbert had a remarkable career designing, making, and selling creative, fun, yet educational toys for 50 years with his company, A.C. Gilbert.
Brewster & Co.
In 1620 Connecticut native James Brewster’s great, great, great grandfather, Elder William Brewster, stepped off the Mayflower into the landing boat that would carry him to the shore of what would become New England. He had no idea the family name would be synonymous in a few short generations with the highest level of American craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence.
Bridgeport Brass Company
Begun in 1865 as a small regional New England brass mill, Bridgeport Brass became one of the most innovative, original companies in U.S. history.
Moore Tool Company, Inc.
I n 1915 an 18–year old mechanic named Richard F. Moore walked off a New England hill farm and made his way to Bridgeport, CT, looking for work. Bridgeport was booming with manufacturing. Young Moore settled in and over the following nine years moved from one bustling company to another.
Sargent Manufacturing Company
In 1810, Joseph Bradford Sargent and his brothers opened a wholesale hardware business in New York City, and obtained part of one of their suppliers, the Peck and Walter Manufacturing Company of New Britain.
Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company / Singer
In 1846, Allen B. Wilson, an apprentice cabinetmaker working in Michigan, developed a sewing machine independent of other sewing machine inventors in New England. His development of the rotary hook and bobbin combination as well as the four motion feed made his machine design unique; however, he lacked the capital to expand his business. Nathaniel Wheeler’s infusion of capital and his business leadership, along with Wilson’s continued development of new product enhancements, brought Wilson’s sewing machine from a working model to global producer.