A Very Happy 100th Birthday to our Business Partner, IBM

Yep, IBM’s centennial is just a few days away. One-hundred years of business for a company known for its roots in computer and server technology… so what in the world was it doing back in 1911?

Always on the cusp of the latest technology, IBM’s roots began in employee time-keeping systems, weighing scales, automatic meat slicers, coffee grinders and punched card equipment—this was all before the company was actually “IBM” back in the 1880s. Pretty techy stuff at the time.

The company actually came together in 1911 when Charles Flint organized the merger of several companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company, the Computing Scale Corporation and the Bundy Manufacturing Company.

Since then, the company has had its hands in many pots. Super-computing in the 30s, engine parts and automatic rifles during World War II, Chinese character typewriters in the 40s, even space exploration in the 60s can be found in IBM’s long history.  When it comes down to it, the company moved where the technology was developing.  Now when we think of the company, computers come to mind, and at Hamilton Rentals, we think of servers as IBM fills a great portion of our extensive server rental line—the largest in the world.

As a part of the celebration of industry giant IBM’s 100th anniversary, the company is sending 400,000 of its employees spend the day aiding charities with their technical abilities instead of hitting their usual job posts on the 16th, one day before the actual birthday.


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