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New Providence Commercial Water Removal is Easy When Companies Use SERVPRO

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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New Providence Businesses Depend on Us to Keep Their Business Going

Located on the Passaic River, New Providence is a beautiful borough in New Jersey. Almost 10% of the land in New Providence is protected parkland, publicly-owned, which the residents often enjoy. A borough is a form of government used in New Jersey by a good portion of municipalities. While a borough does have a mayor, he has limited power. Most of the executive and legislative functions get carried out by the council.

Purchased from the Lenape Indians

New Providence history began back in 1664. The Duke of York, brother to King Charles II, bought the land from the Lenape Indians. It was known as the Elizabethtown Tract. It wasn't until 1720 that the Puritans established a settlement. There were many wild turkeys in the area, so it became known as "Turkey Town." This was the first permanent settlement in the area.

A Church is Established & A Name Change

In 1737 the Presbyterian Church was started. In 1759 the church's balcony collapsed, but miraculously there were only minor injuries. The church believed this was God's hand of protection on them, and this resulted in the town's name being changed to New Providence.

George Washington Slept Here

The borough's local stream, Salt Brook, is so named because of an incident that took place when the colonial village dumped all their salt into the brook to prevent the British soldiers from claiming it. Local tradition has it that George Washington visited the area and spent the night in a home which can still be seen today. But the British soldiers never ended up crossing the Watchung Mountains into the area. 

Population Increases - Becoming a Borough

Springfield Township was formed in April of 1794 and included not only the present-day township but:

  • Summit
  • New Providence
  • Berkeley Heights

Due to substantial growth in the region, the New Providence Township was formed on November 8, 1809. New Providence withdrew from the New Providence Township on March 14, 1899. It was at that time they reincorporated as a borough. Many townships in New Jersey were choosing to become boroughs at this time for economic reasons and to govern themselves. 

Nokia Bell Labs

Located in the New Providence neighborhood of Murray Hill, Nokia Bell Labs is an industrial, scientific development and research company. It is owned by Nokia, which is Finnish but is an American company. It was previously:

  • Bell Telephone Laboratories (1925-1984)
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories (1984-1996)
  • Bell Labs Innovations (1996-2007)

The lab got its beginnings in the late 19th century in New York City as part of the Western Electric Engineering Department. It was reformed into the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925. Bell Lab researchers are credited with developing:

  • Radio astronomy
  • The transistor
  • The photovoltaic cell
  • The charge-coupled device (CCD)
  • The information theory
  • Unix operating system
  • Programming languages B, C, C++, and S

Bell Laboratories have been awarded nine Nobel Prizes for their work.

It All Started with Alexander Graham Bell

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1880, he was awarded the Volta Prize by France. This equaled roughly $10,000 then and about $270,000 in 2019. Graham would invest the money into the Volta Laboratory's development, today known as the Alexander Graham Bell Laboratory, in Washington, D.C. His cousin, Chichester Bell, and Sumner Tainter would collaborate with him on the project. It has also been known as:

  • Volta Bureau
  • Bell Carriage House
  • Bell Laboratory

Bell invented the telephone while looking for a way to communicate with the deaf. The focus of the lab was the analysis of sound, recording it, and transmitting sounds. The research was quite lucrative, and he used the money to further fund research and education into the deaf. 

The Telephone is Patented & A Company is Formed

The first patents for the telephone were filed in 1876 by Bell, Thomas Sanders, and Gardiner Hubbard, as the Bell Patent Association. A year later, the Bell Telephone Company was born. In 1889 the company became part of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T). The Bell Laboratories headquarters was moved from New York City to Murray Hill. 

Scientific Leaps

Crucial research is still taking place at the Bell Lab in Murray Hill. It is a fundamental and essential part of New Providence. The scientific strides made since the time of Alexander Graham Bell have been phenomenal. The residents of the borough, and the world, look forward to the discoveries and inventions that will come from this committed business. 

Salt Box Museum

Another landmark is the Salt Box Museum. It has a fascinating history, and visitors today can see memorabilia and artifacts from before the American Revolution era. The museum is located in what was actually two different houses. They were built at different times, and one half was later moved to the present location. At one point, the entire combined house was moved to the current location on Springfield Avenue.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Water Removal Services to New Providence Businesses

When your business experiences flooding from an in-house source such as a faulty HVAC system or burst pipe, it can mean downtime. The flowing water can seep into the flooring, wall spaces, behind fixtures, and flow to the levels below. Left unattended, water is caustic and can damage whatever it comes in contact with. Secondary damage, such as mold, is also a concern. SERVPRO can provide:

  • Emergency mitigation
  • Water Extraction using powerful, commercial pumps
  • Drying with industrial dehumidifiers and air movers
  • Repair and restoring the facility 
  • Content cleaning – providing pack-out if needed.

Our goal is to help you get your doors open as quickly as possible. We can work around your schedule and after hours if you can stay open. SERVPRO of Western Union County has the experience, expertise, and equipment to professionally mitigate the water damage done to your business. Contact us today at (908) 791-9177. We can handle commercial water removal of any size. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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