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A.O. Smith Corporation

A.O. Smith Automatic Frame Plant
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1920-1929DateCreated: 1920Milwaukee, WICountry: USAWebsite: A.O. Smith Corporation

In 1899, during the earliest days of the automobile revolution, A. O. Smith developed a new, lightweight steel car frame. Within a few short years, he was selling these frames to a “who’s who” of car makers including Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and Ford. A. O. Smith’s son, Lloyd Raymond, carried on the family company, expanding the automotive business and introducing the world’s first automated frame production line, the Mechanical Marvel.

Image Credit: ASMEImage Caption: The entire line at the A. O. Smith Automatic Frame Plant was controlled by the man on the bridge. The long, intricate assembling process completed itself practically without human aid.Era_date_from: 1920
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