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Singer Corporation

Singer Corporation was established as I.M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Issac Merritt Singer. Best known for its sewing machines it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865. Originally all of its manufacturing was done at facilities in New York City.

As president over the turn of the twentieth century, Frederick Gilbert Bourne (1851-1919) built one of the first truly global enterprises, extending marking throughout the world, establishing retail and service centers, introducting installment purchasing, and building factories in several nations. 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 (now demolished) became the tallest building in the world.

Today ithe Singer Corporation produces a range of consumer products, including electronic sewing machines.

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Last updated: 08-31-2005 21:52:36