Siemens & Halske Duncan integrating wattmeter (1899, 1900) Previous
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After R.T. McDonald died in 1899, Duncan left Fort Wayne for a brief stint at Westinghouse before coming back to Ft. Wayne. Shortly after his return, he and several other employees were lured away by C.S. Knight (who was a manager at Ft. Wayne himself before being hired by S & H). Once at S & H, Duncan refined his watthour meter into a slimmer, top-connected version. The light load adjustment was changed to use a copper ring with an iron core. In early 1900, shortly after Duncan's arrival, there were widespread strikes in the Chicago area, and Siemens & Halske's plant was one of the affected companies. This put the company in such a position they had to sell out to GE, but the strikes were soon settled and existing orders were filled. Late that year, GE closed the S & H plant and moved the tooling and many employees to Fort Wayne. However, Duncan felt the time was right to leave for Lafayette, IN to establish the Duncan Electric Mfg. Co. Siemens-Halske meter
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