Up to the first day of May, 1905, the National Meter company had turned out 450,000 water meters. These include the wellknown Crown. Empire, Nash and Gem meters, which are in use in all parts of the world and can always be relied upon for accuracy and durability. The company’s immense factory is one of the sights of America and ranks as one of the largest manufacturing buildings of its kind to be found anywhere. Its equipment, like its meters, is thoroughly up to date. John C. Kelley, the president of the company, keeps every one up to the mark, whether those engaged in the New York, Chicago, Boston or London offices, or drumming up trade on the road, or working in the factory, and the results of his energy are visible all round.


This company is the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers in the world of valves and lire hydrants exclusively. Although, when the works were moved to the new plant some years ago, it was thought that its increased facilities for turning out the high-grade material which it makes would be sufficient for the requirements of many years, but its business has so greatly increased that it was found necessary three years ago to enlarge the plant in all departments by twenty-five per cent, more. Eighteen months ago the company was again compelled to extend its facilities still further. It has erected an entire new foundry, modern and up-to-date in every respect, doubled the size of the machine shop, and equipped it throughout with the latest and most modern machine tools. These improvements, with double capacity, are completed, and the company is now in a position to give its friends and customers better attention than ever before. But one grade of goods is made— the best that can be produced, as to design, material and workmanship. It turns out valves for any purpose, and any size that a valve can be used is made, and from pressures ranging from one to 4,000 pounds. The Ludlow fire hydrants are constructed with as much care as the valves, and there are more in use than any hydrant manufactured. The company has lately purchased a patented balanced-gate hydrant. intended to work easily under any head, but for very heavy working pressure it is particularly well adapted: in fact, it can be opened and shut by a boy, under a pressure where any other hydrant would be useless. Purchasers are cautioned against imitations of the company’s valves and hydrants. All genuine valves and fire hydrants are made exclusively by the Ludlow Manufacturing company, at its works in Troy, X. Y., and have the words “Ludlow, Troy, N. Y.,” cast or stamped upon every valve and hydrant manufactured by it.


This company L known to be the largest producers of brass goods for waterworks and plumbers in the United States. The various corporation-cocks and supplies which it manufactures are known everywhere on account of their excellence, and for this reason the company disposes of more of these supplies than probably any other firm in the country. The firm recently opened a fine establishment in New York city for the better accommodation of its numerous patrons in the East, and this establishment is looked after by some of the brightest men employed by the company. At the St. Louis hair were noticed the splendid display of numbers of goods made by it and the perfect accommodation provided for visitors to the show. Til is same care is bestowed upon all the work turned out by the H. Mueller Manufacturing company, and the large number of able representatives it maintains constantly on the road keep sending in orders that test the full capacity of the splendid plant of the company at Decatur, Ill. Mr. Adolph Mueller is the leading spirit at home, as Mr. Fred. Mueller is its wide-awake traveling man. The following list of the large number of men who represent the company on the road will give an idea of the size of the business which this wellknown company does : D. E. Rowlev; M. F. Kirkwood; J. J. Hurlev; F. J. Murphv; w. B. Ford: W X. Dill: C. T Ford: F. B. Mueller; W. L. Dickel; V. C. Heinrichs; M. T. Whitney; F. C. O’Neill; Roger Williams; G. A. Caldwell; W. R. Hughes; C. (i. Tillinghast; T. F. Leary; W. D. Malane; J. H. McCormack; W. F. McCarthy; II. A. Gerrard; A. C. Pilcher.


The Rensselaer Manufacturing company, of Troy, N. Y., is an old established firm, well known to waterworks men for the high standard of the goods it furnishes to those who are in need of waterworks supplies. Its brass and iron gate-valves are proverbial for their excellence, and the Corey hydrants supplied by them are renowned for the good work that can he done by their means at fires. Besides having its headquarters at Troy, the Rensselaer Manufacturing company has an office in 1108-9 Monadnock block, Chicago, and another in 401 Security building, St. Louis, Mo.


The factory of the Neptune Meter company, at Jackson avenue and Crane street, Long Island City, borough of Queens, New York city, has been kept quite busy during the past year as its New York city sales office at 120 Liberty street, Manhattan, and its main office in Newark, N. J., can testify. The demand for the favorite Trident meter continues unabated and proves that the water measurer is possessed of the highest degree of maintained accuracy, the greatest durability, the closest machine work and the best material. Its cost of maintenance, also, the company claims is the lowest, while it likewise claims that its manufacturing capacity is now fully twice that of any other disk meter factory. Up to date its output exceeds 250,000 meters in use. The officers of the company are M. G. Perkins, president, J. I,. Wertz, vicepresident, J. Herbert Ballantine, treasurer, J. Bayard Kirkpatrick, secretary.


The Farnan Brass Works, of 23-27 Center street, Cleveland, Ohio, are well known for the excellence of the waterworks supplies turned out by the company. The brass goods for water, steam and gas hose fittings, their brass castings and the like have stood the severest tests and proved their superior workmanship, durability and economy. For plumbers’ supplies, also, the company lias a high reputation. Its selling men are J. A Kiewel, J. I*’. Lang and S. Resek.


This company stands at the head of its business in the United States, namely, that of constructing water towers and tanks for all services. It has erected more elevated structures for the water supply of towns and cities and for railroad service than any other concern known. This fact alone is sufficient to warrant that its work is most satisfactory. In another place are shown illustrations of some towers the company has recently built. These are very attractive and substantial models of its work. George T. Horton is engineer and manager, and C. M. Ladd and Kenneth Small are agents of the company.


The business of this company is on the ascendent. In addition to its regular sales during the past year, may he mentioned the large contract which it secured from Pittsburg. The company has a very able number of men looking after its interests on the road. It includes: T. F. Clifford; V. E. Arnold; W. A. Holmes; . Crossing; J. H. Davis; W. T. Mechling; A. J. Cray.


The capacity of the Kennedy Valve Manufacturing company, at Coxsackie. X. Y., even with its extensive plant, is on the increase every year, and the superior workmanship of its production has won for it a name far beyond the limits of the United States and secured for it a large export trade abroad. It turns out waterworks valves of all dimensions, indicator parts and gate-valves, outside rising stem and yoke-indicator gate-valves for mill yard use and the like. Its New York sales office is at 57 Beekmati street. Manhattan. Previous to 1892. 1). Kennedy, president of the company and inventor of the valve that bears his name, carried on their manufacture in New* York city, but the business grew so rapidly that new works had to he established at Coxsackie. The company’s representatives in the Southeast are H. Koons; New England, M. J. Brosnan; New Orleans and South. Louis Kaufman; Chicago and Western territory. Dugger-Clark Supply company; and on Pacific slope, Culin & Stanyan, San Francisco.


The manufacturers of the Newark tapping machine are the Newark, N. J., Brass Works, a thoroughly reliable firm in its own line of waterworks supplies. In its tapping machine have been considered four important points, as follows: Compactness ; simplicity; lightness; and strength. It is guaranteed to make in a short space of time a clean cut under any pressure.


Only a month ago this company announced that it had sold 274,071 meters, which is an excellent showing. The sales of the Lambert meter seem to keep very even year after year, which proves that there is a steady demand for it, and that it is popular with the waterworks people, not only at home, but abroad. Frank Lambert is president, Henry C. l’olger, secretary, and Joseph W. Kay, treasurer, of the company, and its representatives are Messrs. Putnam, Snow and Higley.


A simple and effective meter seal is that manufactured hv the Columbus Meter Seal Manufacturing company, of Columbus, Ohio. The concern is composed of business men of Columbus, who are experienced in the manufacture of various devices, and for two years past have placed on the market the “Columbus meter seal,” which is now largely used by the waterworks and gas people of the United States and Canada. Owing to the success which has attended the sale of this simple and cheap device for preventing the stealing of water, the company has been obliged to increase the size of its foundry to a capacity of 1 oo.oco seals a week. The officers of the company are as follows: President, Val Loewer; vicepresident. J. E. Blackburn: secretary-treasurer. J. H. Corbett.


The Clark meter box. manufactured by H. W. Clark. Mattoon, Ill., is adapted to all climatic conditions, and forms an absolute protection to meters from frost and damage of any kind. It is thoroughly practical for all services and all sizes of meters. It needs no extension dial, as the meter may be placed within a few inches of the surface of the ground without danger of freezing. It can he placed in a paved street, a concrete walk or on the most trimly kept lawn. Its top is securely fastened by a special lock calling for a special sized key to unlock it, which, like the locking, can he done instantaneously, without requiring the removal of any screw.


Waterworks officials may well give attention to the water meters manufactured by the Mersey Manufacturing company, of South Boston, Mass. 1 his company has been manufacturing and selling such meters for twenty years, and has brought out the three types of meters known by the trade names of disk, rotary and Torrent. These three types were designed to meet any condition that might arise in a waterworks. The company’s disk meter, which is small and compact, is verystrong and durable, and sells at a low price. It is a very popular meter, and is used to a great extent. The Mersey rotary meter is so well known that it needs only passing mention. It is so constructed that it can stand an immense amount of the severest service and still retain its accuracy. I he Mersey Torrent meter iadapted to recording large flows at high-pressure, where it is desirable to get a large stream, with little or no loss of head. I his meter is particularly recommended for use in cities and towns for measuring their supplies and for railroad standpipes, for fire protection and hydraulic elevators, also for water-cart hydrants and water motors. Following are the representatives of the company: Boston office, Albert S. Glover, manager; New York office. Fred A. Smith, manager. L. S. Barnard. W. C. Sherwood; Columbus office. A. H. McAlpine. manager, E. h. Mull, P. M. Hanley*, P. H. Hamilton.


The International Steam Pumping company, of 114-118 Liberty street, Manhattan, New York, whose works are at Harrison, N. J., is one of the largest concerns of the kind in the world, and is certainly of world-wide reputation. One of its specialties is the manufacture of water meters, of a most serviceable, trustworthy, lasting and, therefore, highly economical type. The names and addresses of its meter representatives are as follows: Samuel Harrison, International Steam

Pump company, Cleveland, Ohio; George H. Carr, International Steam Pump company, Chicago, Ill.; W. F. Flynn and H. F. Peake, New York office. The company’s manager at Philadelphia, whose territory covers West Baden, Ind., where the forthcoming convention of the American Water Works association is to be held, is Thomas C. McBride.


For many years this concern has done a thriving trade in the manufacture of waterworks supplies. The Bourbon hydrants and gates are in use in a large number of plants in all parts of the country, and the demand for them still keeps on. Thomas Ford has been, and is the head of the concern, and it was for the most part through his efforts that the company has been brought to its present prosperous standing. Flsewhere are shown portraits of Mr. Ford and Mr. Pardo, treasurer.


There is possibly no greater waste or more vexatious annoyance than the continual leaking of a curb-stop, after it has once been placed in service—particularly so, on account of the cock being installed underground, and where it is impossible to keep a constant watch upon it. When necessary to turn the cocks off or on, there is always the great danger of twisting and breaking off the tee heads and digging up and replacing the cock, so ofter necessary with cheap makes. The Glauber Brass Manufacturing company was the first to realise the necessity of overcoming these serious objections, so common with all ordinary goods. The members of the company started fifteen years ago in a small and modest way to give their personal attention to the manufacture of an extra high-grade quality of brass cocks for water companies and plumbing use. Their product soon found favor with the largest water companies everywhere, and, in order to meet the growing demands, it recently became necessary to increase their facilities. They now’ occupy an immense and well-equipped plant, covering an entire block of three and one-half acres square, and are giving greater attention than heretofore to waterworks brass goods. Their fifteen years of special attention to making cocks has given them the ability to produce the best, and todav the most critical and expert superintendents of waterworks acknowledge the superiority of the Glauber cocks. The Glauber company ironcladly and unreservedly guarantees for five years against defective material and workmanship each and every article leaving its factory. Orders for every kind, size and style of goods used are promptly filled, and its line of patterns is now fully complete. The company solicits correspondence and invites the privilege of quoting on corporation cocks for any kind of tapping machine, complete goose-neck connecnections, all kinds, styles and sizes of stop-cocks, either flat water-way or round water-way, with regular tapered plug or inverted key-plug, as well as all specialties connected with this line of goods. Free samples, with all cost fully prepaid, will be cheerfully submitted for examination and test. Specially low quotations are made, and from those who have suffered in the past through defective brass goods. FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING bespeaks the consideration of waterworks superintendents and purchasing departments for the Glauber Brass Manufacturing company, of Cleveland. Ohio.


‘Phe above company operates a large factory too by 180 feet, with a combined floor space of 156,000 square feet, located in St. Louis, Mo. Its waterworks supplies include National fire hydrants, brass and iron gate-valves, branches, bends, special castings and fittings, valve and service boxes, corporation-cocks, stop and wastes, and all styles of ground key work for water, gas and Steam.


It was S. R. Dresser, of Bradford, Pa., who some fifteen or sixteen years ago devised a coupling for connecting together plain end, wrought iron pipe.


It was not, however, until several years later that he succeeded in introducing this coupling to the trade, and since that time the demand has steadily increased, until today this coupling has virtually revolutionised the old methods of laying wrought iron pipe with screw-collar, etc. Within the last few years lie has produced a coupling for cast iron pipe, which is being adopted very largely by water and manufactured gas companies throughout the country.

This coupling has already been used by several large concerns with most satisfactory results, and the inventor is counting on its meeting with the same general success of the original coupling. For the protection of piping systems either wrought or cast iron from disintegration by electrolytic action. Mr. Dresser has put on the market an insulating coupling, which entirely obviates tins trouble and prevent-, the destruction of water or gas mains by electrolysis. Any of the foregoing couplings make an absolutely tight joint, allow for contraction and expansion as well as the settling of the line without leaking.

In addition to these two couplings, Mr. Dresser has devised a clamp for repairing leaks on regular belland – spigot cast iron pipe, as well as numerous split sleeves, etc., any of which can be adjusted without disturbing tne old lines, and will repair leaks permanently.

All water superintendents should have one of the Dresser catalogues and discount sheets on tile for ready reference, as these various devices will help them out of many a bad hole.


During the year this wellknown company lost its very popular manager, the late John P. K. Otis. Since that time its business has passed to the management of his competent successor, Edward P. King, its treasurer. The business of the company continues as prosperous as usual, and a large increase is looked for during the current year. Frank Northrop is still one of its representatives. His portrait will be seen in another place. 1 he others in the accompanying group are: Albert S. Otis; Frank E. Hall; Edmund M. Barnard; Leslie I*. Anderson; Walter F. Hogan; and, on the Pacific coast. G. Frank Otis, of Pasadena. Cal.


‘The Edson pressure-recording gauge, manufactured hy the Ashcroft Manufacturing company, of New York city, is adapted to record both water and steam pressure. It has been on the market for twenty-eight years, and is in use by a very large number of waterworks in the United States. It has every claim to be universally recognised as an absolutely infallible gauge for waterworks, so much so, indeed, that its records are accepted as evidence in the courts of law’. It is simple in construction, very durable, and altogether to be relied upon. Style No. 2 can be used on steam, air, gas, water and any fluid pressure, except ammonia.


V few years ago the Ludlow Valve Manufacturing company had to change its works on River street to a larger plant in Troy, N. Y., owing to increasing business. Today it is busy enlarging that plant to a capacity of seventy-five per cent. more. This certainly shows the enormous amount of work the company turns out every year.


The Worthington piston meter is one of the oldest meters at present on the market. The new disk pattern is fast taking its place, on account of its lightness, size and price. The men who sell these meters are all experienced in their business, and are very popular with the waterworks fraternity. The list includes the following: H. F. Peake, manager. New York office, and W. F. Flynn; Sam Harrison, Cleveland, Ohio; George H. Carr, Chicago, and C. E. Wilson of the same place; and G. W. Galbraith, Cincinnati.


Thomas Watkins, of Johnstown, Pa., makes a specialty of his patented pipe-jointer. As experience has show’ll, the hinged jointer makes trouble; lead fills the hinges; the jointer can be applied from one side of the pipe only. These facts were ascertained ten years ago. The Watkins is the original jointer; it is made by the patentee and continues to he succesfully used everywhere.


The J. B. Campbell Brass works, at Erie, Pa., are noted for furnishing a very high line of waterworks supplies. Among these is the Campbell curb box, which presents many excellent features that may profitably he investigated. In the way of water connections, also, in the way of service boxes, corporation and curb-cocks, this firm turns out a most superior class of goods, and can also supply Rodefeld pipe-cutters for cutting wrought or cast iron pipe in the trench and Payne tapping machines, all of which are in constant use among waterworks men.

At Wallingford, Conn., the other day, the R. Wallace & Sons fire department and the borough fire department had an exceptionally satisfactory joint fire drill at the Wallace plant. The button was pressed at the factory for the alarm at 8:45. and twenty seconds later the alarm sounded from the borough fire alarm. The factory fire department had the first ladder up and stream on in five minutes. The Wallace hose ran down in four and one-half minutes, and had a stream on in three minutes more. Hubbard hose made the run down in eleven minutes, and two minutes later had a stream on. The Simpson hook and ladder company truck, drawn by horses, reached the factory in five minutes and twenty-five seconds, and had a ladder up in three minutes. After the drill refreshments were served.

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