Banner 7 Sept 1957
.Â·* Near 100th Anniversary Arlington ? s Hale Company Saluted By Magazine (Editor's Note: The following article is a reprint Irom JFurmture World!) The history of many New England England firms can make intcMStmg reading, and the Hale .Company of East Arlington, Vt., is no exception exception to this, rule. The account of changes, in ownership, production, production, and a hundred other details; parallels the growth of some of our most successful companies. According to tradition.the firm began operation in'1800 when Henry Henry Hale, a New York exporter with extensive foreign connections, connections, bought out the floundering East Arlington Vcompany. T h e Hale'Company of New York was one of the big three in the export business of that time. Heywwxl- Wakefield and the John A. Dunn Several ,thousand pieces g o through'this process during a day at the Hale factory. ( Since good furniture production depends in largexmcasurc on finu equipment, the Hale Co. has collected collected the bqst for its workshops. Equipment for laminating plastic table tops is a fairly recent addition. addition. Called Hale-Mica, the plastic plastic surface'matches the color and wood grain, of the furniture perfectly. perfectly. /Although much of the specialized specialized plant machinery is made here, Halo has on occasion i m - ported special pieces when they were, not available locally. Moreover, Moreover, since the company is located located far from the larger centers, Hale has built some of its own machinery in their own extensive Corporation were the other two contemporaries. Since Hale Co. was concerned with export to S . o u t h America, the furniture branch supplied the cradles, washboards washboards and popular "Golden Oak Diners'.' for.that trade. I After the death, of Henry Hale the company, was incorporated in 11889 under the leadership of William William F. Smith. Although - t h e firm continued the manufacture maintenance shop. Today Hale Co. is geared to produce produce over 1,000 pieces of furniture per day in a factory with over 40,000 feet of storage space. The operation is headed by Martin II. Hirsch, president, assisted by his brother, Kurt Hirsch, who serves as Advertising Manager. Prosper E. Deschencs,'Assistant Secretary and Sales Manager, has been with the company since 1908. I I I L I I I v.ui,nnw.v. *..~ . n less than three years, Hale of oak chairs, rockers and settees Co Inc wU1 bc celebrating their suitable for the Central - S o u t h lwi ^ anniversary of furniture American trades and Cuba were I manufacturing in New England. I gradually added. ][ steady growth and an ever iin- Growth was rapid after this, prov i n g ij nc arc g OCK i indications, with a domestic line developed in tne y will be in business for anoth- 11910 and office furniture intrb - I duccd in 1915. The year 1925 marked marked another change of ownership, and this time owners Joseph Car- I ney and Ernest Malo led the firm into production of breakfast sets. The export business, now far less [important, was eventually dropped. dropped. . -Martin H. Hirsch purchased er hundred. 'In Our Town' North Bcnningtbn - --i...-. Mr. Carney's share of the. Hale MON rjAY Sept 9 C 6 . in 1940, exactly 80 years after 7 M m _ T i, e . B iblc Class will bchool its . fotmding by - H onry Hale. .It Is meelP al the homc o[ M rs. Leo meets ynder hjs prescnl direction that Maxon ( progressed to t h e I manufacture of dinettes, junior I dining room eases and buffets.^ Although it has a checkered his- 8:00 p.m. -- The Jennings Hose Campany will meet-at the firehouse. firehouse. i /iiuiuugii 11 iiu.Â» u tin-tÂ«t." Â·-Â« ...." I TUESDAY SEPT. 10 I tory, the Halo Co. has been sue- 8:00 p m 1_ The ia rcnt . Teacher Service Y. Association school. meet at the cessful throughout -- and for very good reasons. The hills of .south- SCMO j. western Vermont provide easy ae- WEDNESDAY, SEF1'. 11 cess to New England hardwood-- 7:3fl p m _ jT ), c Miriam Derwac- birch and rock maple. The use of la ,, Â»;,,,,!,,,,,,,.,, Â«,,,,!,,!., u;u imiii these woods in making furniture ter Missionary Society will hold their September meeting. is a traditional craft in East Ar-1 THURSDAY SEPT. 12 linglon. Successive generations of| 7 . M p m J_ Tllc many families can be found in the Special message. re- urniture industry here. The Hale Co. in 1957 has over 200 employes, working in 160,000 square feet of space with the very Ser ... p.m. -- The Congregational Church choir will have rehearsal at the church. 8:00 p.m.--Local 545 Upholsterer's International Union of North America America will meet at tin; firehouse^ firehouse^ paste Mornin Sumner Classes" Worship Special and MYF . S e n i o r best modern equipment. T h e jadilion of workmanship is not,, however,'altered in any way. Ov- WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP ersize dowels, solid tenon con- , , . , , . . , , struction, and nailed chair seats The Womens Fellowship of North are a few examples of the meth, Bcnmngton Congregational Church ods assuring well made furniture, lidd-lls first meeting of the Fall Special attention is paid to fin- season on Tuesday evening: the fshing techniques in what is prob- president .Mrs. Claire Nolan pre- ably the best straight line finish- siding. ing-room in the country. A 350-1 Plans were made for a sale to fool conveyor system, used for as- be-held at the Family Night Sup- scmbling propellers in World War per in Sept., date to be announced. If runs the length of the factory. Home made candy, articles for The original builders of the plant grab bag, white elephant and flow- were so far-sighted that they plae- cr bulbs may be left with Mrs. ed the sanding room'at one end Helen Himes. of the factory and the finishing The' Stale meeting of .women's room at Ihc other -- one reason I Fellowship, will be held in Burl- for the very clean finish on Hale ington Sept. 19-20. Local delegates products'. The hand-rubbed siir- will attend. faces which are produced in the Following, the business meeting finishing shops are alcohol proof Mrs. Frances McKeon presented and guaranteed to withstand or- the worship service -- A dramati- dinary household hazards. zation of the Turd's Prayer, done One Hale Co. specially is solid by children of the Summer Bible sleam bending, a process which School; participating were: Pen- [n !Â· It' It' steam Denoing, a pruuusji wun^n i .j^uuui, yrtivn-,|Â«"Â»i ,,*..-originated ,,*..-originated about 1835 in Europe ny Rich, Linda Towart, Stephen for t h e fabricating of wagon Moon, James McSherry, Carol wheels and sleds. By IBM the pro- Mackey, Ralph Lindsey, Cheryl cess had come to bo used for Kcnyon, Gilbert Harrington, Ka- making chairs, which, duo to thy 1 Emond, Gale Harrington. Ar_ Ar_ . t.-_.i . - i _ . . ~ : A Â« nn,.1.1 I llmr Whifrnnr. fihnrnn .Tamoi.SOn. steam bend construction, could be shipped K-D. When Colonial furniture again became popular, Hale installed steam bending for all solid wood curved parts. Processed Processed by t European - trained Â£x- perts; Irjcse-curV^'panSjare 'not only more attractive! i they'. hay greater strength and durability. thur Whitman, Sharon .Tamoison. Mrs. Prlscilla Kennedy presided at the piano. Grant Us Wisdom, a story ap-- propriate to the Fellowship theme for the coming year, was read hy ^frs. Marion Riemann. . . . i Refreshments ' were served by the execulive committee.