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Richard T. Crane

Crane Company

1859 - 1912

Fabricated Goods

pre-1900 b. 1832
Born-Died1832 - 1912
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - pre-1900

Beginning with a small brass foundry at his Uncle’s lumber yard, Crane built one of the largest plumbing supply companies in the world. Though he diversified into the manufacture of elevators in the late nineteenth century (even controlling 95% of the elevator market in the US), he chose instead to concentrate on manufacturing pipe fixtures and plumbing supplies. His choice was fortuitous; new housing construction boomed at the turn of the century, and Crane was able to capitalize on its phenomenal growth.