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Standard Manufacturing Company
Manufacturing Industry For Shelby
Manufacturing Company is a Winner.
town in the state is prouder of its splendid manufacturing enterprises
than Shelby and it should be a matter of personal pride to everyone
in the town that all inducements consistent with safe business
methods are offered to those who desire to embark in business
in one of the best towns of its size in the state.
thing that is a source of much satisfaction is the splendid reputation
of the business ventures of the city and the intelligent manner
in which they are handled. To the already active manufacturing
life of the town a new business was recently added that promises
to be a credit to the enterprise and snap of the town. The Standard
Manufacturing Company that recently began to manufacture washing
machines has most flattering propect for a large trade in the
very useful article that it is making.
the 14th day of April, 1903, a patent was granted to Mr. T. E.
Barrow, of Mansfield, on a rotary washing machine and later Mr.
Barrow conceived the idea of a tubular frame for the same that
with an adjustable wringer-board attachment, and thereupon made
an application for a patent on the same. The application was
granted and patent allowed on December 30, 1903, and on the 28th
day of June, 1904, the patent was issued and is no doubt the
very latest in its line.
citizens of Shelby are to be congratulated in securing this new
enterprise, and if the expectations of the parties interested
are realized, in the very near future, the Standard Company will
be employing a large force of laboring men and turning out ten
thousand machines per month.
gentlemen interested are Mr. Francis Brucker of the Brucker Lumber
Comapny, Mr. John Bushey and Mr. A. L. Stump, and if good business
methods, push and energy have anything to do with business success,
then the prospects are bright for the Standard Manufacturing
The Shelby News - July 22, 1904
Engaged in Various Lines of Manufacture
key man in the early history was Francis Brucker, who had engaged
in the lumber business after his arrival here in 1875 at the
site of the present Shelby Lumber Company ( East Whitney Ave.,
next to the B&O R.R. - now the Ashland R.R.). He became interested
in the manufacture of hinges and was associated with the Shelby
Spring Hinge Company and served as first president until
he resigned and left that organization. In 1904, with A. L. Stump
and others, he started the Standard Manufacturing Company in
the Old 'Red Onion' building across Whitney Avenue from the lumber
company that had been occupied until 1904 by the Shelby Spring
first manufactured washing machines and in 1908 was making three
lines, the Leader, the Winner, and the New Shelby. Associated
early in the industry were W. C. Gump, and Dr. M. T. Love. The
company turned to the manufacture of hinges and builder's hardware
after a few years and in February of 1910 the firm was granted
a patent on a spring hinge. Lloyd Ritchey, of Williams Court,
who joined the Standard in 1914 recalls he saw some of the tubs
used formerly in the manufature of washing machines still around
company erected a new plant on Franklin Avenue and moved into
it in 1914. That structure is part of the present Carton Service,
Inc. factory. By 1914 one finds that Henry Wentz had become president;
J. A. Bushey, vice-president; W. R. Kerr, secretary, treasurer
and genreral manager, and W. F. Guenin, assistant treasurer.
T. J. Green, Lewis Brucker, D. M. Doty, H. K. Beck, M. T. Love
and George Coble were other directors. A checking double-acting
spring floor hinge was a major manufacture. Will Bushey was superintendent.
1918 the Standard had ceased to exist and in its place in January
of that year had risen the Shelby Tractor and Truck Company. In 1920
the new company sold the patents and much of the machinery involved
in the business to the new Shelby Metal Products Company and
that organization made a success of the hinge and builder's hardware
manufacture. " *
The Daily Globe April 24, 1950
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