1873 L.C. Smith opens a livestock commission business in New York City. It fails.
1875 L.C. Smith moves to Syracuse to become a clerk after the failure of his livestock business.L.C. Smith establishes a lumber business in Syracuse. It is slightly more successful than his earlier livestock business.
1877 L. C. Smith and his older brother Leroy join forces with an established firearms designer, William H. Baker, to form W.H. Baker & Co. The firm produces Baker designed shotguns.
1878-1879 W.H. Baker & Co. produces a 3-barrel combination gun at their plant in Syracuse, NY. Baker combination gun production is moved to a new facility in Syracuse. They also begin producing a double-barrel shotgun.
1880 Leroy Smith and W. H. Baker leave the company. The two will later found the Ithaca Gun Company.
1880-1888 The newly renamed L.C. Smith Shotgun Company continues production of the Baker designed guns, and creates a new line of hammer-style shotguns designed by Alexander Brown.The first hammerless-style L.C. Smith shotguns go into production in 1886..
1887 L.C., Wilbert L., Monroe C., and H.W. Smith form the Smith Premier Typewriter Company.1889 Manufacturing rights for L.C. Smith shotguns are sold to the Hunter Arms Company.
1893 Smith Premier merged with Remington, Caligraph, and Densmore to form the Union Typewriter Company. This trust brought together a number of the top typewriter producers in the United States.
1903 JAN 27The Smith brothers leave the Union and incorporate as L.C. Smith and Brothers Typewriter Company.
1904 NOV 24The first new typewriter produced by L.C. Smith Brothers Typewriter Company, Model No. 2,” is shipped out.It is the first machine to use both uppercase and lowercase letters.
1905 FEB 2The first “Model No. 1” typewriter is shipped out. Sold to the New York Herald, it operated 24-7 for the next 8 years before it was traded in for a newer model.
1906The Rose Typewriter Company is founded. It will later be bought by the men who formed the Standard Typewriter Company. 1909The Standard Typewriter Company begins production of portable typewriters.
1910L.C. Smith passes away.Wilbert Lewis Smith takes over as President. Monroe becomes Vice President and H.W. becomes Secretary (in addition to his role as Treasurer).
1914Standard Typewriter Company changes its name to the Corona Typewriter Company.Monroe Clayton Smith passes away.
July 3, 1914L.C. Smith did not live to see his $1 million tower completed. But his son was there opening day in Seattle. Topping out at 42 stories, the Smith Tower was the 4th largest building in the world and remained the tallest west of Chicago for almost 50 years.Today, located in the heart of Pioneer Square, the Smith Tower still stands.
1927L.C. Smith and Corona Typewriters, Inc. acquires the Portable Adding Machine Company.
1928 Company acquires Miller Bryant Pierce, a producer of inked ribbons and carbon paper.
1929 Company headquarters are moved to New York City.
1933 H.W. Smith returns to rally the company which had fallen on hard times as the Great Depression disrupted sales.Company headquarters is moved back to Syracuse.
1957 First portable electric typewriter is introduced.
1958 Smith-Corona merged with Marchant Calculator Company. The company is named Smith Corona Marchant.
1960 Power carriage return was introduced on the Smith Corona portable electric typewriter.Smith Corona Marchant consolidates production at a new state-of-the-art facility in Cortland, New York.
1962 Name changed to SCM Corporation and company headquarters returns to New York City.
1966 SCM acquires Proctor-Silex.
1967 SCM also acquires the Glidden Company, Durkee Foods, and the Allied Paper Company. The intention, it seems, was a protectionist maneuver to create a company too large to be easily acquired by the other rapidly expanding corporations of the era.
1973 The Coronamatic Cartridge is introduced. This self-contained cartridge revolutionized ribbon changes by allowing users to execute a ribbon change without touching any part of the inked ribbon. SCM opens a manufacturing facility in Singapore in 1973.
1974 The company began its ill-fated lawsuit against Brother Industries, Ltd. SCM accused the Japanese company of dumping, inferior typewriters on the American market. SCM reaches its peak employment level. In 1974 the corporation employed 5,300 people. 4,000 of these were employed in Cortland, NY with the remainder at their facility in Singapore.
1976 SCM opens a research and development lab in Danbury, Connecticut. This lab focused on the production of electronic typewriters. The Typetronic Electronic Typewriter is introduced.
1982 The Typetronic II and Ultrasonic office and portable typewriters are released. The TP-1 daisywheel printer is introduced.
1984-1985 Smith Corona branches out into word processing. The first word eraser and personal word processor hit the marketplace.
1989Smith Corona produces the world’s first lap-top word processor named the PWP 270 LT.
1990 Smith Corona forms an alliance with Acer, a Taiwanese computer manufacturer. The goal of the alliance is to help SC break into the personal computer market. The machines are branded “Smith Corona by Acer.”
1991 Introduced the Simply Smart PC line of personal computers for first-time users.
1992Smith Corona introduced the top-of-the-line word processor, the PC 340. The PC 340 came equipped with SC’s PWP Word Processing software and Microsoft Windows.
1992 Smith Corona ends production in the United States. In a cost-saving gamble, manufacturing operations are moved to Mexico.
1994 Smith Corona ends its 20-year court battle with Brother Industries, Ltd. The closure of all of SC’s U.S. facilities allowed Brother to counter-sue. This forced SC into settling their trade litigation.
1995 Smith Corona declares bankruptcy for the first time.
1997 Smith Corona emerges from its first bankruptcy. The company attempted to rebound with an expanded selection of home office supplies. It had limited success.
2000 Smith Corona again files for bankruptcy and is acquired by Pubco Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio.
2012 Smith Corona expands its operations and begins offering a full-line of cutting-edge thermal labels and thermal ribbons.