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Established in 1901 almost as soon as Kern Dodge graduated from Drexel Institute, this firm continued until 1912. Around 1908 John E. Zimmerman, Day's classmate from the University of Pennsylvania, joined the firm and later became a partner, changing the operating name to Dodge, Day & Zimmermann around 1911. In 1912 Dodge withdrew to a private consulting business, and partners Charles Day and John E. Zimmermann established Day & Zimmermann.

An account of the early days of this firm has been provided by Harald L. Yoh, Jr., writing for the Newcomen Society in North America, "The spark for the new company came when these two young engineers were faced with a need to improve the methods for cutting steel. . . . Their newly designed tools cut the steel faster with wider and deeper chips, thus reducing the time and cost of the machine operation. . . . This gave rise to the formation of the consulting firm of Dodge & Day, modernizing engineers, with Link-Belt management providing encouragement and office space, which was a shed on its plant grounds. . . . "

According to Yoh, Dodge & Day added an architectural department to their operation in 1905, along with an enlarged construction team which allowed them to expand into the design of industrial plants. Thereafter the firm prospered, with work extending up and down the eastern seaboard and a long association with Frederick W. Taylor, according to Yoh the "recognized father of scientific management."

Dodge & Day could count among their clients, the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Bausch & Lomb of Rochester, the Victor Talking Co. of Camden, and the Arthur Koppel Co. of Pittsburgh. Even greater attention was paid to the firm after their involvement in 1908 with the Panama Canal, where they constructed cableways for the Gatun Locks.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.


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