Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vanished tool makers: Dalton Manufacturing Corporation, Sound Beach, Connecticut


The company made lathes between 1913 and the late 1920's or early 30's.  They were essentially hand-made.  About 200 were in the hold of the Lusitania when it was torpedoed, but I doubt that they're in restorable condition today. The Sound Beach factory, including all of its machine tools, was acquired by the Swedish Electrolux company as their first American location for producing vacuum cleaners. Interesting, I can find no mention of a "Sound Beach" (other than Long Island Sound) on the 'Net. 

More information here.


Anonymous said...

'Found it:


From the above link:

"Old Greenwich was known as "Sound Beach" in the 19th century, and the main road through the small downtown business section is Sound Beach Avenue.

Old Greenwich had an industrial presence back in the 1950s/60s when Electrolux had a vacuum manufacturing facility on Forest Avenue, opposite "ECCman Center" (now Greenwich Civic Center)."

The Duke said...

Wow, you're good! Interesting that the Wikipedia entry makes no mention of the Dalton firm which preceded Electrolux's presence in the town. Anyway, thanks for the additional research. Much appreciated!