Rockford has a rich history of inventors starting companies within the Forest City as far back as 1870, when Amos Woodward invented controls for waterwheels, thus starting Woodward Governor. John Nelson created the knitting machine that launched Nelson Knitting in 1868. Howard Coleman’s many inventions included the electric garage door opener and the Check Pump that began Barber-Coleman Company in 1894.
That same innovative spirit can be found at NIU EIGERlab.
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