Itâ€™s a cold winter night in 1874. Honeywell is born; that 29th of December 1874. From that day forth the city of Wabash would change. Mark Honeywell would create one of the worldâ€™s largest companies, team with Tomas Edison, and even create a community service program for the city. The Honeywell Foundation, based out of Wabash, provides sports, entertainment, and more for the great city of Wabash, Indiana.
Mark Honeywell as a young man had several jobs. However, by 1891 he would set his mind in a straight path. That year he graduated from Eastman Business College in New York. By 1904 Mr. Honeywell had created the Honeywell Heating Specialties Company and was on the road to forming one of the largest companies in the world. In 1905 he created the famous round thermostat we see today. By 1927, sales were topping $1.5 million and more than 400 people worked at the Wabash factory. However the Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company, Honeywellâ€™s main competitor, had patents like Honeywell which blocked each other from future development. In 1930 to solve problems the two companies merged. Today the Honeywell Corporation is a multinational firm with over 90,000 employees.
In1940 honoring the death of his first wife, Olive, Mark Honeywell created the Honeywell Foundation. The original building which still stands toady is only part of the new structure built just a few years ago in 1994. The new structure, which is molded into the original building, houses the Ford Theater a 1,500 seat art deco auditorium. This new theater has brought musical and theatrical talent from around the world. A few to state that have visited Wabash are: Crystal Gayle, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, Tracy Byrd, Sting, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Little Richard, Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, and more.
The Honeywell foundation is made up of more than just the Ford Theatre, and original community service building.