Here in the USA, National Inventor’s Day is celebrated annually on the birthday of Thomas Edison, “The Wizard of Menlo Park” and inventor of the first commercially viable light bulb. And here at Moretrench we have our very own inventor to honor –our founder Thomas Francis Moore. While Moore’s invention did not impact the world, as Edison’s did, it had a profound effect on the construction industry.
Moore was just 12 years old when Edison made his light bulb breakthrough in 1879. Moore’s own “light bulb” moment came some years later in 1924. By this time, he was manufacturing and leasing conveying excavators for utility trenching from premises in Rockaway, New Jersey. When one of his machines encountered locally notorious Bull’s liver silts, Moore set about resolving the problem himself, first experimenting in his kitchen sink at home and then field testing. The result was the first practical wellpoint, which revolutionized the underground construction industry and marked the beginning of Moretrench becoming a nationally recognized leader in geotechnical contracting. And it all began with one man, a vision, and determination – and who understood, as Edison once said, that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.