Early years of York Corporation presented in Dover

This illustration includes some of the key early founders and leaders of York Corporation. A talk on the early years of York Corporation will be presented Thursday August 17, 2017 at the meeting of the Greater Dover Historical Society.

The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and is held in the social hall of Calvary Lutheran Church on the square in Dover. Address is 9 North Main Street, although the church parking lot is accessed via City Hall Drive running behind the church. Enter the church at the doors in the lower building.

In the talk, I will discuss the early history of the York Manufacturing Company, established along Penn Street in York during 1874. Learn how this maker of washing machines and water wheels grew to become the driving force behind the development of artificial ice as York Ice Machinery Corporation. From there the company went on to pioneer some of the first air conditioning systems, leading to world recognition of the YORK name for air conditioning and refrigeration.

An index of links to related YorksPast Blog posts follow:

York Manufacturing Company Founders

Early Company History

Grantley Plant

Company History after 1935

General Interest


About Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith is a design engineer who worked at York International Corp. for 33 years before retiring several years ago to research and write books full time; his second career. The initial emphasis was on family history when he won a national award during 2002 for his first book “Barshingers in America." Positive feedback and that award were influential in his decision to retire early from engineering and start a retirement career.
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