Ultimately, the company moved beyond scales into windmills, pumps, gas and diesel engines, typewriters, electric motors, and a host of other products. Charles Morse joined the company in 1850, and by 1865, Fairbanks, Morse and Company was established. Over the years, Fairbanks Morse manufactured a wide array of products including radios, washing machines, power mowers, water heaters, water softeners, air conditioners, and storage batteries. In time, Fairbanks Morse would trade 10 opposed-piston diesel locomotive engines to the Santa Fe Railroad in exchange for 40 acres of land in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1953, the company opened a manufacturing plant on that tract of land. Today, Pentair uses that very same facility in Kansas City to manufacture its Fairbanks Nijhuis brand of pumping equipment for municipal, industrial, and commercial uses around the globe.
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