Research was a key factor in the company's success and from start the company employed scientists and engineers to develop new technology and products and they convinced the then head of the company Charles Coffin to open a Telephone Number List research laboratory. At one of the meetings to discuss setting up a lab one founding member stated "It does seem to me therefore that a Company as large as the General Electric Company, should not fail to Telephone Number List continue investing and developing in new fields: there should, in fact, be a research laboratory for commercial applications of new principles, and even for the discovery of those principles." The first research laboratory was opened in 1910 and was in a converted barn in the back yard Telephone Number List of distinguished industrial scientist Charles Proteus Steinmetz.
1911 saw the company take over the National Electric Lamp Association and build the world's first industrial park in Ohio called Nela Park. By 1915 they had Telephone Number List made the first household toaster and brought in the hotpoint appliance range. The research lab was making advancements in plastics and electronics. By 1925 the Telephone Number List company had grown now involved in many projects including construction, aircraft engines, household goods and generating stations. They produced the first supercharger which gave them the edge over competitors in the aircraft industry and motor racing and provided planes with the most Telephone Number List powerful engines during the Second World War.
The late 20s and 30s brought many developments for the home with cookers, refrigerators, air conditioning and televisions all Telephone Number List mass-produced for domestic use. A finance division was set up to allow people who were struggling to Telephone Number List be able to buy these appliances during the depression. The war years saw development focus on the aircraft industry with radar, autopilots, and turboprops being built Telephone Number List and research on jet engines carried out.