A Guide to the American Standard Company, Wauregan, Connecticut, Plant Records, circa 1950-1975

A Guide to the American Standard Company, Wauregan, Connecticut, Plant Records

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the American Standard Company, Wauregan, Connecticut, Plant Records
Creator
American Standard, Inc.
Inclusive Dates
circa 1950-1975
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Abstract
American Standard was created from the 1929 merger of the American Radiator Company and the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. The Company was then known as American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation. It changed its name to “American Standard” in 1967 to reflect the Company's familiar plumbing products brand name. American Standard is the world's largest producer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings and one of the world's largest producers of air conditioning and heating systems. This collection documents the plant in Wauregan, Connecticut.
Call Number
1989.0084
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Archives & Special Collections staff. (January 1998)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], American Standard, Inc., Waregan, Connecticut Plant Records.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The records were transferred to Archives & Special Collections by the Museum of Connecticut History. Artifacts from the plant were retained by the Museum.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], American Standard, Inc., Waregan, Connecticut Plant Records.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Publications

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History

American Standard was created from the 1929 merger of the  American Radiator Company and the  Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. The Company was then known as  American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation. It changed its name to  American Standard in 1967 to reflect the Company's familiar plumbing products brand name.  American Standard is the world's largest producer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings and one of the world's largest producers of air conditioning and heating systems. It is also the leading producer of braking systems and electronic controls for heavy-duty buses and trucks in Europe.

Three of the Company's business segments trace their origins to four major, pioneering companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: American Radiator Company,  Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company, the  Westinghouse Air Brake Company and the  Trane Company.

Standard Sanitary was formed in 1899 in a merger of several companies manufacturing enameled-cast iron sanitaryware. Standard Sanitary pioneered many of the plumbing product improvements introduced in the early part of this century including the once piece toilet, built-in tubs, combination faucets and tarnish-proof, corrosion-proof chrome finishes for brass fittings.

Tracing its origins to 1881, American Radiator Company manufactured radiator and other heating equipment The “Ideal” brand name used on many American Standard products outside of the United States came from an 1897 American Radiator acquisition,  Ideal Boiler Company. American Radiator was an international pioneer establishing European manufacturing operations by 1910. None of American Radiator's product lines are now manufactured.

WABCO, formed in Pittsburgh in 1869, was the first of 72 companies founded by American inventor, George Westinghouse. The company's initial product was the railway air brake.  WABCO built plants throughout Europe before world War I, and the company manufactured its first pneumatic brakes from commercial vehicles in 1921.

In 1913, James Trane and his son,  Reuben, incorporated The  Trane Company to produce a new type of low-pressure steam heating. The company became a pioneer in an entirely new field—air conditioning—with the development of the Trane Unit Cooler in 1931. American Standard and its 35 joint ventures operate 106 manufacturing facilities in 35 countries, employing 44,000. 1996 sales from the company's three business segments totaled $5.8 billion.

This collection documents the plant in Wauregan, Connecticut, which was built in 1957.

(Historical information on American Standard was located on the Company's webpage in January 1998.)

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of a small series of plant, product and equipment photographs and a limited number of newspaper clippings and random newsletters. There is also one oversize poster and three video tapes. The latter have been catalogued separately and are located in the Dodd Video Collection.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Plaza Suite 1989-0084.vr1

Ceramix 1989-0084.vr2

Amarilis 1989-0084.vr3

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Records, circa 1950-1975 

Box

News clippings, circa 1973 

1
BoxFolder

News and Views [newsletter] 

12

Stationery and forms undated 

13

Photographs undated 

BoxFolder

Plant exterior and interior 

14

Products 

15

[Kiln] 

16

Flush tester 

17

Kilns 

18

Refire kiln 

19

Spray department 

110

Laboratory equipment 

111

Glaze room 

112

Ship house 

113

Grinders 

114

Shipping 

115

Plant interior and exterior 

116
OversizeFolder

Oversize poster 

217

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