The History of EMC and C.W. Silver
As many of you know, the electric motor is really the backbone of industry. Invented by Nikola Tesla in 1888, the AC electric motor is widely considered to be among the most valuable patents of all time. A major catalyst of the Industrial Revolution and worldwide electrification, electric motors today represent 45% of global electricity consumption.
EMC’s story is deeply rooted in the industrialization and electrification of the crossroads of the West: Salt Lake City, Utah. An early adopter of electricity, Salt Lake powered Main Street in 1881 and joined London, New York City, San Francisco, and Cleveland, becoming just the fifth centrally electrified city in the world. By 1889, the first electric street cars could be seen bustling around the downtown area.
A community built on being industrious, Salt Lake was full of applications primed to benefit from the continual electrification and motive power made possible by the electric motor. As mining, oil and gas, and general industry flourished in Utah, Salt Lake’s population doubled between 1900-1930, and with new technologies emerging daily, electricity use became commonplace.