A.O. Smith timeline

A.O. Smith timeline

1874    Machine shop founded in Milwaukee by Smith family.

1899    Arthur O. Smith develops first pressed steel automobile frame.

1904    Arthur incorporates A.O. Smith Company in Milwaukee.

1917    A.O. Smith makes bomb casings for war effort, largest bomb maker in U.S. by end of WWI.

1936    Patents first glass-lined water heater, makes hot water affordable convenience for homeowners.

1972    Enters European market.

1995    Extends geographic reach to Asia.

1997    Exits automotive business with sale to Tower Automotive.

2011    Sells electric motor division to Regal Beloit, acquires Lochinvar Corp.

2013    Ajita Rajendra becomes CEO, increases focus on water technology.

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