Edison Machine Works

A manufacturing company set up to produce dynamos, large electric motors, and other components of Thomas Edison's electrical illumination system

around 1891
Birth Place
New York, New York, United States of America


The need for equipment in the development of a large scale electric illumination "utility" in New York City, starting around 1880, soon outstripped the capacity of Thomas Edison's machine shop at Menlo Park. To alleviate the problem in 1881 Edison leased the old Etna Iron Works on Goerck Street, lower Manhattan and set up the Edison Machine Works with Edison providing 90% of the capital and investor partner Charles Batchelor providing 10%.

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