A PROGRESSIVE COMPANY.
It is interesting to note in recent years how in a comparatively short space of time certain apparatus has been perfected, placed on the market and gained a national reputation. In the century past, it took many years to perfect certain articles, particularly where mechanical and scientific knowledge was necessary, and took as many more years before the article became well and favorably known and put into general use. The short time consumed in recent years in accomplishing the same results is brought about, first, by experience and knowledge gained from experiments in the past; second, by the more aggressive methods pursued by the manufacturers; third, by the improved conditions whict permitted the manufacturer to acquaint the public with its improved article; fourth, the readiness on the part of the public to purchase the latest and best for the purpose. The Nott Fire Engine company began the manufacture of steam fire engines about the middle of the year loot. It started in a very small way. On January r, 1002, the first engine was taken out of the shop and tested. The result was successful, The company then started out to market its engines. Being the only independent manufacturer in the United States, with a powerful corporation, embodying all the old steam fire engine manufacturers for the past fifty years, as competitor, the task was found very arduous and uphill, as, in every city visited there was one or more,of its competitor’s engines in service, and its representatives were usually told by the officials that the city did not care to experiment. When the Nott company decided to manufacture steam tire engines, and before starting the factory, it cast about for the best man obtainable as designer and general superintendent. In order to he successful, the company knew it was necessary to obtain a man with brains, one well up in mechanics, a thorough machinist, and, above all, one who had experience and advanced ideas in the construction and requirements of steam lire engines, a man who had that experience in taking full charge of a manufacturing plant. This man was 11. E. Penney. Before coming to the Nott company, Mr. Penney was for a great many years connected with the Minneapolis lire department, first, as engineer, afterwards as assistant mechanical superintendent. II is experience and knowledge, gained in repairing, overhauling and rebuilding the different makes of steam lire engines in that department have proved valuable both to himself and the Nott Eire Engine company. Today he stands unquestionably as the best mechanical authority in the United States on steam fire engines. The Nott company has built engines with the old style of submerged flue boiler, also with the combination water-tube and submerged flue; but its latest and best effort is its spiral watertube boiler, which was first put on the market two or more years ago, and is today in service in some of the largest cities in the United States. Mechanical engineers throughout the country have openly stated that it is the most practicable and ingenious steam generator devised for fire engine use. It does away with castings, reduces the number of threaded connections in a boiler to the minimum and is the most elastic boiler in the world. Contraction and expansion have absolutely no detrimental effect upon it. The Nott Eire Engine company, since its inception has spared no expense in improving and bringing its engine to the highest state of perfection. It has not been a question with the company of howcheap it could build an engine, but it has expended money lavishly, and has succeeded in producing an engine which it claims to he much better in design, construction and efficiency, as well as general appearance to anything ever placed upon the market, and, while its factory does not turn out the largest quantity of engines per year, the company is recognised by the leading mechanics as turning out engines of the highest possible workmanship and efficiency. Its work shows this result. The Nott engines are in service in the following cities:—Koochiching. Minn.; Bemidii,m Minn.: Pasadena, Cal.; Lima, Ohio; seven, Greater New York, N. Y. (boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn); two, Troy, N. Y.; Royalton, Minn.; S. Bethlehem, Pa.; Shreveport, La.; Grand Porks, N. Dak.; Gadsden, Ala.; Charlottsville, Va.; Madison, Wis.; Missoula, Mont.; E. Grand Forks, Minn.; St. Francis, Out.; Owosso, Mich.; St. Paul, Minn.; Fargo, N. Dak.; two, Atlanta, Ga.; five, Los Angeles, Cal.; Waynesboro, Pa.; Newburyport, Mass.; Winona, Minn.; Youngstown. Ohio; Portsmouth, Va.; Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Tampa, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Cleveland, Ohio; Sandusky, Ohio; Napa, Cal.; Duluth, Minn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Spokane, Wash.; Sioux City, la.; Kern, Cal. Engines for the following cities are now under construction in the factory at Minneapolis: Columbus, Ga.: two, New Orleans, La.; two, Paterson, N. J.; Seattle, Wash..; Texarkana, Tex.: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Buffalo, N. Y. The following cities have had engines rebuilt with the Nott spiral water-tube boiler:— Kansas City, Mo.; two, Minneapolis, Minn : Lynn. Mass.; Bridgeport, Conn.: Dayton, Ohio; Norfolk, Va.; Chicago, Ill.; two, Memphis, Tenn.; Duluth, Minn.; Augusta, Ga. The Nott Fire Engine company is a close corporation, with ample capital to carry on its business. Its success, however, has been gained only by the closest attention to the demands of the firefighting public, together with its employment of the highest class personal representatives, mechanical engineers and machinists, also, its fair treatment as well as its aggressive methods. This company is certainly deserving of success, and the results would tend to show that its efforts are being appreciated.