A. Friederich & Sons Co.
General Contractors

Selden Motor Vehicle Company

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Names:Selden Motor Vehicle Company,
Samson United Corporation,
Stromberg-Carlson Co.,
RF Communications, Inc.,
Harris RF Communications,
L3Harris Technologies, Communications Systems
Address:1700 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

A. Friederich & Sons Co. constructed this building in 1909 for the Selden Motor Vehicle Corporation. Selden held the first U.S. patent for a "horseless carriage" and thus, controversially, is considered the inventor of the automobile. By 1935, the building was occupied by Samson United Corporation, a household electric appliance manufacturer. After that, the building was occupied by Stromberg-Carlson. Two engineers from Stromberg-Carlson (Bill Stolze and Elmer Schwittek) co-founded RF Communications, Inc., which moved into the building in 1962. Harris acquired RF Communications in 1969, and merged with L3 in 2019 to become L3Harris, the current owner.

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