One hot summer, 115 years ago, Emerson opened the doors of its small, rented office space to begin as a manufacturer of railroad switching equipment.
After a few short years, the young company startled the electrical world by creating the first brush-type fan motor-an innovation that was to find a welcome home in one of the world's first desk fans. Of course, this breakthrough fan was an instant success with the public.
This spirit of innovation still exists today, as Emerson continues to develop new ideas and new products.
Today, Emerson is the largest producer of fractional horsepower induction motors in the world. In fact, we still hold patents on the two primary methods of controlling fan speeds. Our motors have set the industry standard through the years, while our fan styling continues on the leading edge of design.
In 1897, J. W. Emerson said, "We will endeavor to furnish the handsomest as well as the best fan motor on the market. If you need relief from the heated term, try our fan motors and be happy."
One hundred and thirteen years later, we couldn't have said it better!
In 1890 Emerson manufactured the first electric motor to run on alternating current.
Office workers at the St. Louis manufacturing plant circa 1898.