The earliest written record of The Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Syracuse dates back to the early 1950’s when the society was known as the American Society of Tool Engineers.  

Below are some excerpts from meetings held in the early 1950’s.  Respectively submitted Raymond D Coseso, Secretary.

  • Tuesday March 7th 1950.  Forty-six attended the dinner and about one hundred the meeting following.  The meeting was opened at 8:00 by Chairman, Fay Atkinson. The speaker of the evening, was Mr. D.R. Wheaton secretary and assistant manager for the Blanchard machine company. He gave a very interesting talk on “ modern methods of finishing flat surfaces”. His talk was illustrated with projected photographs of actual jobs and numerous samples of work were hand for examination.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday April 18th 1950, approximately 50 members met at the Brown lipe Chapin plant at 8 o'clock for a tour of the die casting, press, polishing and plating department.

  • Tuesday May 9th 1950, 8:45, 84 members enjoyed a dinner at the Deauville Steak Diner in Auburn NY. The speaker of the evening was Mr. T.B. Buel sales manager of the sundstrand Machine Tool Company, Rockford , Illinois.  Mr. Buell give a short talk on engineered milling production after what you showed a very interesting film on the subject.

  • June 13th 1950, 8 o'clock at the Onondaga Hotel Syracuse, New York the speaker for the evening was Mr. A.R. Sparrows of the Brown & Sharpe company, who is in charge of the automatic screw machine tool department.
    Mr. Spears gave an excellent talk on “tooling for automatic Screw Machine” the presentation was illustrated by slides and 3 films.

Secretary's minutes continued throughout the 1950s.
Some interesting notes from the chairman annual report, March 1956.  

  • There were 195 members in chapter 19.  

  • Also that year chapter 19 designed and published an entirely new form of program booklet. The new bulletin contains not only announcements of the coming meetings and notes but was a general endeavor to bring to the chapter members news about men, materials, methods and plants.

  • A $500 scholarship was awarded to an engineering student who attended Purdue for mechanical engineering.

  • The annual Clambake in August was successful in attendance and monetary gain. Over 700 people attended the Clambake - the largest attendance to date.

  • The annual dinner dance was held in January and as usual was well attended and appears to be now a tradition with the chapter.

Respectfully submitted, Victor J. Fitting, Chairman.  March 13th, 1956