Decco since the beginning
Charles F. Wallace and Martin F. Tiernan. These names are hardly known and surely not recognized by many when thinking on the great inventors of the US at the beginnings of the 20th Century.
And yet the achievements of both compete with those of Edison, Westinghouse and Ford, except that instead of introducing new products to make life easier, W & T focused on products to provide one of the most basic needs of men.
In 1934 they started a new application in the field of fresh production, the W & T department developed chlorine and other washing products as well as waxes for fruits and vegetables.
Continuing with these processes, W & T acquired the American Machinery Corporation in 1955. The AMC manufactured a complete line of production handling equipment: conveyor belts, automatic counters, classifiers and levelers. AMC produced some unusual equipment, such as a large octopus dryer to produce food for the livestock from citrus peels. These processes saved money from farmers and exporters and, most importantly, the products treated with Decco stayed better and therefore meant less mold, rotten fruit, etc., on the shelf of the pantry.