E. Remington and sons diversified their business to include agricultural equipment, sewing machines, and typewriters. They were contracted to build the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer, also known as the Remington No.1. Though crude, it introduced the QWERTY keyboard and the cylindrical platen.
The Remington No. 2 introduced the shift key, allowing upper and lower case letters, and was the first typewriter to be commercially successful.
Remington sold off the typewriter business in 1886 to three employees.