The Singer Company is a producer of sewing machines, was first named as I.M. Singer & Co. It was founded in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer, and Edward Clark. They became known for their high quality sewing machines, and was then renamed to the Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865. Subsequently, the Singer Company in 1963. The company is currently based in La Vergne Tennessee, which is near Nashville USA. In the year 1885 Singer then created its first revolutionary vibrating shuttle sewing device, a renovation over contemporary oscillating shuttle designs.
The biggest manufacturing plant of Singer was in Clydebank, where it employed about 11,000 workers. In the very early part of 1912, there was a work process reorganisation, which led to twelve workers protesting at the modifications the business wanted made, the remaining workforce ceased to work in support of the proposed changes, and they too went on strike in March and April 1912.
Following the end of the strike, Singer fired more than 400 workers consisting of every single one of the strike leaders, and members of the TWGB, amongst whom was one Arthur McManus, later on to go on to become the first chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain between 1920 and 1922.
World War II Period
Throughout The second world war, the business suspended sewing machine manufacturing, because it had been awarded to handle government contracts for tools producing. Manufacturing plants in the United States then supplied the Americans with the Norden bomb and also the M1 rifle receivers.
In 1939, the company was provided a manufacturing study by the government to draw plans and establish basic raw material sizes for building handguns. The following year, Singer was provided an educational order of 500 devices, and went into manufacturing to provide these.
What is known as the academic order, was a program that was first set up by the United States Ordnance Board to quickly learn how a company with no previous gun making experience, could easily tool up from scratch and construct weapons which would be of use to the government.
The main pistol tooling and the manufacturing machines were ran from Remington Rand where they were produced and some were then shipped straight to the Ithaca Weapon Company. Original Singer handguns are extremely wanted by collectors, simply because of the connection to Singer Sewing Machines, and their association to the war effort.
Today, the Singer Company produces a vast array of consumer items, including digital sewing equipment, which are very much in demand being as popular as they used to be with the resurgence in house sewing. It is now part of SVP Worldwide, which additionally owns the Pfaff and Husqvarna Viking brand names, which is in turn had by Kohlberg & Company, which purchased Singer in 2004.
The main competitors of Singer include Brother Industries, who are probably the biggest well known rival, but there is also Janome and Aisin Seiki, as well as Necchi and also E&R Classic Sewing Machines.