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Manufacturers Index - Clark Bros.

Clark Bros.
Belmont, NY; Olean, NY, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery & Steam and Gas Engines

Last Modified: Aug 17 2017 4:58PM by joelr4
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This maker was founded in 1880 in Belmont by brothers Charles E. and William P. Clark. Their plant burned down in 1912, and they relocated to Olean. From the beginning they made sawmill and agricultural machinery, including steam engines. After World War I the company started making oil-field equipment.

In 1938 the company merged with S. R. Dresser Manufacturing Co. of Bradford, PA. The resulting company, Dresser Clark Co., became Dresser Industries in 1956, although the Dresser-Clark name persisted in informal usage. Dresser Industries merged with Ingersoll-Rand in 1987 to form Dresser-Rand Co., which moved its headquarters to Olean, NY in 2000.

There may be some connection to Clark Tool Works, also of Belmont, NY.

Information Sources

  • American Steam Engine Builders: 1800-1900 by Kenneth L. Cope, 2006 page 55
  • An 1886 patent for a sawmill carriage was granted to Charles E. Clark of Belmont, NY.
  • 1921 sawmill equipment catalog, 35 pages.
  • The U. S. Forest Products Laboratory published a booklet dated March 1936, Operating small sawmills, methods, bibliography, and sources of equipment by C. J. Telford. A table lists the makers of various types of equipment, including circular sawmills, band sawmills, edgers, and planers. This company was listed as a maker of band sawmills.
  • Thanks to Robert Clark Lippman, Jr., great-great-grandson of William P. Clark, for confirming the names of the two Clark brothers.