In 1888, while living in Binghamton, New York, Willard Bundy invented and patented a new mechanical time recorder, called The Time Clock. His device allowed workers to record their hours by using a card to punch in and out. Willard’s younger brother Harlow encouraged Willard to mass producer his invention, and in 1889 the two brothers organized the Bundy Manufacturing Company. Their business quickly became one of the largest industries in the Binghamton area, employing around 135 skilled workers, and eventually becoming part of IBM.
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