• 1919

    • The Universal Instruments and Metal Company was formed July 15, 1919

    • A sale of stock to 50 investors in Vestal and Union enabled six employees to set up shop in Vestal to manufacture wire and metal products.

    • Company officers contracted to obtain the patent to produce “Nu-Hed” safety pins.

    • The design proved difficult and costly to manufacture, and the product was impossible to sell.