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The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded on April 10, 1901 by Reuben B. Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois. Its industry was commercial lighting equipment, wiring devices, electrical specialties and radio parts and its headquarters were in Chicago, Illinois (1901-1929) and Des Plaines, Illinois (1929-1958). In 1958, the company was acquired by Thomas Industries, Inc. and operated as a division until 1963 when operations were moved to Sparta, Tennessee.

ADDRESSES

  • 42 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. (1906)

SUBSIDIARIES

  • Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company of Canada, Ltd. (Toronto & Montreal)
    • consolidated into Amalgamated Electric Corporation, Ltd. in 1929

PLANTS

  • Burlingame, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Des Plaines, Illinois

SLOGANS

  • "Makers of Things Made Useful" (1921)

PRODUCTS

  • "Benjamin" Wireless Receptacle Plugs
  • Lighting Fixtures
    • "Arc Burst" Store Light
    • Enclosed Form
    • Interior Fixtures
    • Mast Arm Form
    • "Streetlites" Suspension Form
    • Tungsten Arcs Open Form
    • Type 3
    • Type 3T
    • Type 3½T
  • Reflector Sockets
    • No. 6051 14" Flat Cone
    • No. 6053 16" Flat Cone
    • No. 6055 18" Flat Cone
    • No. 6059 12" Bowl
    • No. 6061 14" Bowl
    • No. 6063 16" Bowl
    • No. 6141 20" Flat Cone
    • No. 6143 22" Flat Cone
    • No. 6147 16" Bowl
    • No. 6149 18" Bowl
  • Sockets
    • No. 496
    • No. 4320
    • No. 4328
    • No. 4420
  • Wireless Clusters
    • Type 1
    • Type 1K
    • Type 2
    • Type 3
    • Type 3T
    • Type 5
    • Type 5K
    • Type 7
    • Type 8
    • Type 9
    • Type 600

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