Pratt & Whitney Company
Two young machinists, Francis Pratt and Amos Whitney, working at the Phoenix Iron Works in Hartford, Connecticut founded the Pratt & Whitney Company in 1860.
"Not often does it happen that a Company founded upon rigid precepts of accuracy clings unswervingly to those precepts for seventy years. That is the record of the Pratt & Whitney Company. Its founders were men who saw the coming need for a degree of precision then undreamed of, and they determined that every product bearing their name should be the best that could be built."
"Accuracy, in itself, is not an end. Pratt & Whitney visioned that through accuracy would come ways of making interchangeable parts, and of making them in quantities at a fraction of previous costs. From this idea has grown the mechanical age in which we now live. It gave us sewing machines, bicycles, automobiles, aircraft, radios, vacuum cleaners and practically every mechanical device in use today." Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co.