Palmer Instruments, Inc.
America's first thermometer company originated in Cincinnati, OH in 1836. Since that time, Palmer Instruments has steadily evolved through product development geared exclusively towards industrial supply and process measurement.
From development of the "Foster Cup" thermometer in 1880, through the radical improvement of thermometer legibility by the patented "Red Reading Mercury" tube in 1929, to today's temperature and pressure measurement innovations, Palmer has always maintained the "first" tradition by bringing instrument value, service and quality to a broad range of industries.
Operating from a new facility in Asheville, NC since 1987, Palmer has developed special-application products such as Dual-Sensing and "Slip-fit" thermometers, and pioneered new industry services such as free lifetime recalibration on pressure gauges. With the recent affiliation with Wahl Instruments, and resulting consolidation of manufacturing in Asheville, Palmer Instruments looks first to the future.
Wahl Instruments, Inc.
America's most innovative thermometer company was founded in 1953. Wahl instruments, originally based in Culver City, CA, was formed to manufacture precision temperature instruments for industry. Since then, Wahl developed the first portable digital platinum-RTD thermometer system and the first digital universal soldering iron tester to prove government compliance standards. Wahl was also the first to bring the industry a portable, non-contact, handheld infrared thermometer at an affordable price point, without sacrifice in accuracy and reliability. Wahl is also recognized for developing and patenting the first miniature temperature recording label. This useful, inexpensive and accurate product is found in thousands of maintenance applications throughout the world today and is credited with the creation of an entire industry grown in its path. Not content to be solely a pioneer, Wahl remains a leading manufacturer of all these products. Wahl instruments recently became affiliated with Palmer Instruments and has now consolidated all sales, service and manufacturing operations in Palmer's newly renovated Asheville, NC facility. Here the innovative tradition will continue.