Manufacturers & Halloween, v1: Safety First

By October 28, 2005General

halloween.jpgAs the days get shorter, darkness falls like a heavy curtain on that spooky night of Halloween. Parents can rest assured, however, that their little ghosts and goblins (and an occasional ballerina) will find their way home with the guidance of their trusty flashlights. NAM member company Energizer will see to that.

Starting as the National Carbon Company in 1896, Energizer marketed the very first battery for consumer use called the “Columbia,” a six-inch tall battery used to power home telephones. Two years later, Conrad Hubert founded the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company to market battery-powered novelties. Hubert filed two patents in 1899 for his “Electric Hand Torch,” a dry-cell battery within a paper tube, with a bulb inside a rough brass reflector on one end of the tube. This was the world’s first flashlight.

Today, Energizer is the world’s largest manufacturer of batteries and flashlights. Headquartered in St. Louis, the company employs more than 10,000 people in 140 countries.

tune in tomorrow for part two of our series: Manufacturers & Halloween