HARRY J. SMITH - In manufacturing circles in Broome county, New York, Mr. Smith stands not only as the head
of a large and steadily growing interest, but as an authority in the field in which he is engaged, the manufacture
of rubber into various commodities in commercial demand, particularly for the automobile trade. His success is
founded upon his wide experience in the manufacture of rubber and in the building of plants for the production
of rubber goods. Mr. Smith is a son of Robert and Josephine (Schermerhorn) Smith, his father a native of Sheffield,
England. The mother, who was born in New York City, died in 1913.
Harry J. Smith was born in New York City, June 25, 1881. Educated in the public schools of his native city, Mr.
Smith traveled extensively for a time, then, in 1896, entered the employ of the Revere Rubber Company, at Revere,
Massachusetts. Thereafter going to Akron, Ohio, he became superintendent of production for the Goodyear Rubber
Company at their Akron plant. In all this experience Mr. Smith made the most of every opportunity to inform himself
of every possible detail regarding the production and manufacture of rubber, making a special study of factory
construction, methods and equipment. Always a leader and interested in every phase of production from the angle
of the producer, Mr. Smith was later placed in charge of the construction of plants for the manufacture of rubber
in many parts of the world, including Russia, Austria, France, Belgium and Spain. In the year 1918, he was induced
to locate in Binghamton and take charge of the plant of the Achilles Rubber and Tire Company, as president and
general manager. These offices he still fills with marked ability, and is carrying this enterprise forward on a
constantly increasing scale, his foresight and comprehensive knowledge of rubber being an important factor in the
progress of the concern. This company, which was established in 1916 under the same name as at present (1922),
is located on North Floral avenue, near the tracks of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad, and consists
of three buildings, factory, power house and office. The main building has an area of fully 60,000 square feet,
and the power house 2,500 feet additional. Manufacturing rubber tires, outer casings, rubber heels and all kinds
of rubber accessories, they employ some one hundred and eighty hands, and their product goes to all parts of the
United States. They are most widely noted, perhaps, as the manufacturers of the famous Tiffany tires, and rank
as one of the three largest concerns manufacturing this general line of goods in the State of New York. A member
of the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Smith takes a deep interest in all public advance, and during the World
War was a member of the United States Secret Service.
Fraternally Mr. Smith holds the thirty second degree in the Masonic order, and is a member of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks and the United Commercial Travelers. He is a member of the Rotary Club, the Automobile
and Country clubs, and of the Young Men's Christian Association.
Mr. Smith married, in 1914, Jeannette B. Morgan of Ohio, and they have one son, Howard M. The family home is at
No. 151 Oak street.
Binghamton and Broome County
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924
Broome County, NY
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