Tonawanda, New York, 1956-1996.
From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 18, 2016. -
Timeline of Company History
1956 - Delaware Organ Co. founded by Robert Colby with two partners in Tonowanda, New York. 1970 - Roger Colby, son of Robert, joined the firm full time. 1976 - Roger Colby formed Kimber-Allen Inc, as a distributor for a British supply firm making electrical components for organs. 1978 - Raymond Colby, son of Roger, began working full time in the family firm. 1979 - Roger Colby relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee to expand Kimber-Allen, Raymond remains in Tonowanda with Delaware Organ Co. 1984 - Roger forms R.A. Colby, Inc. in Johnson City Tennessee, Kimber-Allen turned over to British management. 1989 - Robert Colby retires, Raymond Colby assumes control of the firm. 1996 - Raymond Colby closed Delaware Organ Co. and relocated to Johnson City Tennessee to continue the growth of R.A. Colby, Inc.
Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed., by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). Edited for the OHS Online Database, 2017. -
Established by Eugene Burmaster and Robert Colby in Tonawanda, New York, 1956; owned by the Colby family, 1967; active in 1989.
Staff: Raymond Colby; Robert J. Kaiser; William Milligan.