Brazil chronology

1917
An agent is appointed to represent the Computing-Tabulating-Recording (CTR) Company (which is renamed IBM in 1924).

1920
The Brazilian government uses CTR machines for conducting an agriculture and population census.

1921
Valentim F. Boucas, IBM's legendary Brazilian salesman, is appointed to represent CTR's tabulating machines. Early CTR customers include Oeste de Minas Railroad, Central do Brasil Railroad, the Public Health Department and the Ministry of War.

1923
The Brazilian Customs Department orders CTR tabulating machines.

1924
Contracts are signed with the Light and Power Company, Cia. Paulista de Estrada de Ferro, Loide Brasileiro, Brazilian Coffee Institute and the Bank of Brazil.

1931
IBM opens a branch office in Sao Paulo, and construction of a new plant begins in Sao Paulo. IBM machines are delivered to the government of the State of Sao Paulo.

1933
IBM branches are established in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sol, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Salvador, Bahia, Recife, Pernambuco, Niteroi and Rio de Janeiro.

1934
The Brazilian agent establishes his own company to handle the distribution of products for the International Business Machines Corporation of Delaware. The first IBM alphabetical equipment arrives.

1935
By IBM Brazil begins manufacturing punched cards.

1936
IBM introduces card verifiers.

1938
IBM equipment is delivered to the Federal District City Government (Rio de Janeiro) to control tax assessments and payments.

1939
The Brazilian company relinquishes its representation of IBM time equipment and Electric Typewriters to International Business Machines Company of Delaware and retains representation of IBM's Data Processing products. The first of the IBM's factory buildings in Rio de Janeiro is completed on March 7. IBM president Thomas J. Watson, Sr., places the last tile on the roof during dedication ceremonies.

1947-1948
The Rio plant is expanded with the addition of two buildings for the storage of raw materials and manufactured products.

1949
The Rio plant is completed with the addition of a new building for punched card manufacturing.

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