Yost, G. M. Co.
Mechanicsburg, PA - This company appears to have started circa 1907 through the purchase of the plant of the Peter A. Frazer Co. of New York reports the Iron Trade Review. However, we do find a reference to the company in 1905, located here. The company appears to have had a factory in Yonkers, NY with offices in Waynesboro, PA prior to moving to Meadeville, PA. In 1907, the officers were: I. E. Yost - Pres; G. M. Yost - VP / GM; T. J. Kennedy - Sec / Treas. In 1909, the company purchased the Meadeville Vise Co.
Update - 5/9/2017: An article in the 1/19/1907 edition of the Carlisle Evening Herald announces the purchase of the building of Louis Heiges (carriage engine maker) in Mechanicsburg, PA by the G. M. Yost Manufacturing Company. The article further notes that they are moving there from Yonkers, NY. This article is clipped below in image 1. In addition, we find an article from September of 1907 explaining that after a contract for vise production with the Jacobson Machine Mfg. Co. was cancelled, the Yosts have purchased all the machinery of the National Vise Company of NJ. The article notes that this is the equipment of the "old Stevens Vise Co.," having been taken over by the National Vise Co. We believe this is actually "Stephens" vise company. All equipment was moved to Mechanicsburg, PA.
The 8/1/1910 edition of Industrial World reports that the entire plant of Williamson Vise Company (Bradford, PA) has been purchased by the G. M. Yost Manufacturing Co. of Meadville. The announcement also states that the entire plant and equipment will be moved to Meadville.
Their final disposition is still unknown but they fade out of periodicles circa 1921.
It is very interesting to note that we find 2 patents by G. M. Yost, the first filed in 1916, that are assigned to Columbian Hardware Company. This advertisement indeed shows that Mr. Yost was employeed by Columbian by 1916.
Trade Names and Brands from Trade Publications:
- Stephens Improved
- Stephens Quick Acting
- Snediker Quick Acting
- Ajax Oval Slide
Mechanicsburg, PA move from Yonkers, NY.