• 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.

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“Nu-Hed” safety pins were one of the products Universal Instruments and Metal Company planned to produce and market. However, patent questions and manufacturing problems led the company to seek alternate sources of income.

Universal’s first location in Vestal, New York with a staff of 6 employees.