What did Edison hope to accomplish by creating an "invention factory"?
"To produce what every man, woman and child in the world wants...at a price they could afford to pay," Thomas Alva Edison
Edison built a complex of laboratories and factories in New Jersey.
The "invention factory" complex included laboratories for chemistry, physics, metallurgy, a machine shop, a pattern shop research library and testing rooms for experimentation. The site also included production factories for these inventions to be produced and shipped out for the American consumers as a means of simplifying our ways of life.
It was here that Edison developed, alkaline storage batteries, recorded sound and motion picture devices, as well as many of the modern appliances that have become staples of American households. The ideas and concepts behind Edison's "invention factory" became a blueprint for the integration of business and technology in the United States.