Frank Mack, William A Mack, Mack Brothers, and the start of the Standard Sewing Machine Company

The Mack Brothers (Frank and Miles) were agents for Domestic sewing machines. They were based in Akron from 1872-1875 and Cleveland from 1875-1879. In 1878, they also became agents for New Home, which had just been introduced. They covered and enormous territory with eight branch offices and in 1878 it was reported that they sold 12,000 machines a year. They had wooden cabinets manufactured for them in Cleveland and bought the ironwork from the DSMCo. In 1879, Frank and Miles sold Mack Brothers to the DSMCo. Mack Brothers/Domestic wanted to continue as New Home agents along with Domestic, but New Home did not believe Domestic would properly represent their product and assigned their territory to another agent. This caused some acrimony.

After selling Mack Brothers, Frank Mack became the general manager and vice president of DSMCo for 5 years.

Although he continued to reside in Norwalk, W A Mack traveled frequently to the factory in Newark. In 1884, William and Frank left Domestic to form the Standard Sewing Machine Company. Frank was President of Standard from 1884 until 1893.

William became he technical genius behind the Standard rotary. He continued to patent improvements to his designs for at least another 20 years.

The Standard SMCo grew quickly, doubling their factory and facilities the second year and increasing to three times the original size the third year. By 1888, the factory employed 300 men and turned out over 150 machines daily. W. A. Mack was quoted as saying that he made more Standards in the first year than he did Domestics in the first 9 years.

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