A Brief History of the Ruud Manufacturing Company

A Brief History of the Ruud Manufacturing Company

What is it with Norwegians and HVAC? Not only was the Trane company founded by a Norwegian, but so was the Ruud Manufacturing Company. In the late 19th Century, a mechanical engineer named Edwin Ruud emigrated to the United States and started working for George Westinghouse’s company in Pennsylvania. There, Ruud perfected one of the first popular water heater models and Westinghouse began production. Edwin Ruud, however, was not content to be a company man and had aspirations of his own. He purchased the rights to his inventions from...

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