Graham Corporation’s earliest roots extend to 1936 when Harold M. Graham first incorporated Graham Manufacturing Company. Today’s company was founded by Harold Graham, Frederick Berkeley, and Scott Ross in 1941.
Mr. Graham was born in 1889 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. At age 16, he went to McGill University and graduated in 1909 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he started his engineering career with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, where he first became involved in the design of steam jet ejector equipment. Harold joined the Canadian Engineers during World War I and served in France. When he returned from the war, he was employed by the Elliott Company in Pittsburgh and continued to develop his reputation in steam jet ejectors and vacuum condensers.
Frederick D. Berkeley was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1901. He graduated from Cornell University in 1923 as a Mechanical Engineer and went to work for the Ross Heater & Manufacturing Company in Buffalo, New York. He had become interested in the design of heat exchangers while working on laboratory experiments in heat transfer at Cornell. While working at Ross Heater, he met and became friends and eventual business partners with Harold Graham.
Mr. Graham incorporated Graham Manufacturing in 1936 and was joined in partnership by Mr. Berkeley and Scott Ross (from Ross Heater) in 1941. Mr. Ross retired in 1943 and sold his company share to Graham and Berkeley. While the company’s headquarters have remained in Batavia, New York, since 1942, its reputation has extended around the globe.
Graham Manufacturing operates two subsidiaries: Graham Vacuum and Heat Transfer Technologies (Suzhou) in China, and India Private Ltd in India. Graham also maintains a Sales office in Houston, Texas, and a Service office in Covington, Louisiana.