History of the Geiser Plant at Waynesboro, Pa., in 1903


| September/October 1993



Geiser Manufacturing Co.,'

The Great Geiser Plant

From a 1903 Wayne County local history volume Submitted by Russell E. Sams 710 N. 4th St. Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

PLANT OF THE GEISER MANUFACTURING CO., WAYNESBORO. PA., THE HOME OF 'PEERLESS' MACHINERY.

The immense plant of the Geiser Manufacturing Company is located in the eastern section of Waynesboro, occupying about twenty-five acres of ground, and employing about 800 men. The main manufacturing building of the Geiser Company, undoubtedly the largest of its kind in the world, encloses a hollow square within the borough limits of Waynesboro. It is three stories and a basement in height, has a length of 460 feet on Broad Street and a length of 466 feet on the alley. The building is equipped with the most modern machinery. The boiler shop is a model of its kind, equipped with powerful hydraulic riveting machines, air hoists, cranes and every modern appliance used in the manufacturing and handling of boilers. The entire plant is protected by automatic fire extinguishers, the most modern fire apparatus and fire engines.

The origin of the Geiser Company dates back to 1866 when George Frick sold his plant to Geiser, Price and Company. The Geiser referred to was Peter Geiser, inventor of the well-known Peerless machinery. Three years later the co-partnership was turned into a joint stock company, under the name and style of the Geiser Manufacturing Company, which it still retains. This company has made the name 'Peerless' a household word wherever threshing machinery is used.

The chief features of the Peerless traction engine are compactness and simplicity. The compensating gear consists entirely of spring gears which by the use of steel springs is made elastic, insuring against sudden jars while it distributes the strain equally on all of the pinions. The engine is carried entirely upon springs in such manner that it can oscillate in all directions without disturbing or changing the relative position of bearings and gear wheels.

The Peerless separator is made with a twelve-bar cylinder of channel iron in the shape of the letter U, filled with hard wood, to provide elasticity. About eighteen inches behind the cylinder is a grate so constructed that all grain thrown against it is deflected in a downward direction. The Geiser Company claims that 95 percent of all the grain goes down between the concaves and this grate. The cleaning device is a system of rolls, combs, and vibrating racks. The machine is built without riddles or sieves.