Noyes brought the first electricity to Lancaster in 1885, and invented some of the first automated tablet manufacturing and coating machinery. At the turn of the century, P. J. Noyes Company was one of the largest drug manufacturers in the country, even publishing and printing its own magazine. According to the 1902 catalog, “Noyes Pectoral Syrup with Heroin should be placed at the head of cough remedies, as its sales far exceed all others combined.”