A blast from the past: York Ice Machinery Corp.

Eleven days before the Pearl Harbor bombing, a man named Glenn R. Gruver was calculating the area and volume of various items, possibly as a homework assignment.


Interestingly for readers of this blog, he was doing so on a piece of notepaper with the letterhead of “York Ice Machinery Corporation.”


You know that corporation, right? It was incorporated in 1895 as York Manufacturing Co., later became a division of Borg-Warner and then, most famously, was known as York International Corp., now owned by Johnson Controls. There’s some fun stuff about that company’s history – and specifically its role in the war that the U.S. would enter just days after Glenn Gruver’s math problems were completed – over on York Town Square.

Pretty neat, huh?

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3 Responses to A blast from the past: York Ice Machinery Corp.

  1. Tracey says:

    My Pap worked there back when it was still Borg-Warner

  2. Hubby says:

    People find the darnedest things tucked away inside old books, huh?

  3. madelyn Hiatt says:

    We found an old air conditioner used by my husbands grandfather from around the 1050’s. We hat to throw it away, but no one seems to know about it.
    The label is marked:
    York ice machinery corporation
    York, Pennsylvania
    shop no 58199
    model BA75D5 Freon Charge lbs : 4

    Is it worth keeping?

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