Singer Corporation

Singer Corporation

__NOTOC__Singer Corporation is a manufacturer of sewing machines, first established as I.M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac Merrit Singer with New York lawyer Edward Clark. Best known for its sewing machines, it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865, then The Singer Company in 1963. Originally all of its manufacturing was done at facilities in New York City. It is currently based in LaVergne, TN near Nashville.


* Isaac Merritt Singer (1851-1863)
* Inslee Hopper (1863-1875)
* Edward S. Clark (1875-1882)
* George Ross McKenzie (1882-1889)
* Frederick Gilbert Bourne (1889-1905)
* Sir Douglas Alexander (1905-1949)
* Milton C. Lightner (1949-1958)
* Donald P. Kircher (1958-1975)
* Joseph Bernard Flavin (1975-1987)
* Paul Bilzerian (1987-1989) [cite news
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date = 10 July 1989
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* James H. Ting (1989-1997) [cite news
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author = Daniel Hilken and Albert Wong
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* Steve Goodman (1998-2004)
* Dean Ridgeway (1989-?)

Singer Building

Company headquarters were in the Singer Building, designed by architect Ernest Flagg, who also designed two landmark residences for Bourne. Constructed in 1906 at New York City during Bourne's tenure, the Singer Building (demolished in 1968) was then the tallest building in the world. In addition to works in North America, the Singer Corporation also had the honour of creating the largest clock face in the world, the Singer's clock at its Clydebank, Scotland factory which opened in 1885 and closed in 1984. Singer railway station, built to serve the factory, is still in existence to this day. The 11,000 workers at the largest factory of Singer, in Clydebank, went in strike in March-April 1911, ceasing to work in solidarity of 12 female colleagues protesting against work process reorganization. Following the end of the strike, Singer fired 400 workers, including all strike leaders and purported members of the IWGB, among whom Arthur McManus, who later went on to become the first chairman of the CPGB between 1920 and 1922 [ The Singer strike 1911] , "Glasgow Digital Library" ] .

Another famous Singer Building, designed by architect Pavel Suzor, was built in 1902-1904 at Nevsky Prospekt in Saint-Petersburg for headquarters of the Russian branch of the company. This modern style building (situated just opposite to the Kazan Cathedral) is officially recognized as an object of Russian historical-cultural heritage.


In the 1960s the company diversified, acquiring the Friden calculator company in 1965, Packard Bell Electronics in 1966 and General Precision Equipment Corporation in 1968. GPE included Librascope and The Kearfott Company, Inc. In 1987 Kearfott was split, the Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Corporation was sold to the Astronautics Corporation of America in 1988. The Electronic Systems Division was purchased by GEC-Marconi in 1990 renamed GEC-Marconi Electronic Systems while the Sewing Machine Division was sold in 1989 to Semi-Tech Microelectronics, a publicly traded Toronto-based company. [cite news
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date = 5 Aug 2002
accessdate = 2007-03-25

Present situation

Today, the Singer Corporation produces a range of consumer products, including electronic sewing machines. It is now part of SVP Worldwide, which also owns the Pfaff and Husqvarna Viking brands, which is in turn owned by Kohlberg & Company. Its main competitors are Brother Industries and Aisin Seiki - a Toyota Group company that manufactures Toyota, Necchi and E&R Classic Sewing Machines.

ee also

* History of the sewing machine
* Toyota Sewing Machines
* Aisin Seiki
* Brother Industries
* Singer Railway Station


External links

*Singer Corporation [ Official website]
*Singer Corporation Worldwide [ Official website]
*Singer Memories: [ company history]
*Singer sewing machine [ serial numbers and dates]
*Singer sewing machine blog: [ pictures and history]
*Toyota Sewing Machines Japan [ Official website]
*Toyota Sewing Machines Europe [ Official website]
*" [ Sewing Machines, Historical Trade Literature] " Smithsonian Institution Libraries
*Singer Sewing company South Africa [ Singer Sewing Company South Africa]

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