The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 9, 1946 · Page 7
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{••« m -•i .- ;J M^^liRNW \m ;?!:•& '»•": '!'{••***•*!' ••:!!:::•::•:•:• Is&J'iitjij:*! iii&ji'ii !&;>:&&! «'••*< J<iii # ! i ifliiHl ;"!;#&: :::!] ,8 '.•••!• >**»!*•; !#!#&! J "&:$'•:;* #iii:#'i •ffiHitW: ! : :i teii ::?•: 'X*;*!s*l '"i!5j{!!":i: •:!?ili 1 :!:#!:;:•: ill Si-iisi:: :•:!::•:• i:?.-!";'::::!!: : : ! "Picture Story" of a Norton Precision Angle Cutter As "LIFE Magazine Wotitd'Probably Present It' J' it is an "anfrlkcutter"? It is merely a small cone, In metal of course, that Is started off by being cut squired size in 'this power-driven saw.. Just 'an ordinary piece of bar steel at trie 'start but ah! watch |t,happens to it > , t- .. •.•'•••-. • ( v t we take you to an elaborate screw machine'wh 1 We the 'blank', or the raw piece of .bar steel;'iiS^lnS«. fed to a determined size and shape. This machine is only one of marly such machUies'ln the'Nprwn bry. Look closely—that metal,is already looking: like 1 what' it is supposed to lobk'like.' I ' 7 i -.. • ' -« , , ,j; '. • • > ^ "• * -V'. f* "•'?"""""".' ' •- ' "''' hi , \L% >, \* his process, the milling machine 'mills'J-eeth ifl.to. the cutter. Sounds simple? But we mean teeth-r^ 'sion t^eth—on the INSIDE and OUTSIPEgf the cone. It's so accurately done that six sizes of pipe " perfectly refaced with-the use of, thj^^ne, cutter. ' J'/ f^T,'^ ; : . !•'». '' "t'l^tf/'i 5 % fj I-H* X 'r.%*. li f « «* f i <«&>..YEAR WITH STORIES OF KOSSUTH !NDUSTRY,BUS!NESS,AGRICU!TURE Campbell Soups — Carnation Milk — Westinghouse — Swift- Ford "— Chrysler — General Motors Big names, those. Yet they are only a few 6f the giant corporations using precision machined tools manufactured in Algona by the Norton Machine Works. Far distant countries itnbw the name Norton, too. . To the South American continent, to England, even to Denmark have gQiie 1 valve reseating tools manufactured in Algona. And today; the Norton Machine Works is charting a course into still greater fields, with' a're- cently perfected tool that is greatly needed in industry. No4*r, afte'r'approximately 30 years of existence, the Norton Machine Works has an impressive history of experimentation,' designing and production behind it InVl914, t the year of local ' because he could see the ad Vantages ,of this Kdssuth'cOurity community.' rfaving come here front Marshalltdwn, he liked Algona as 1 a Itfcatidn for a "general machine shop" and Started one. ^ The company began by'repairing^farm machinery and • filling^ local- machine shop needs—And if is still filling those needs, despite its nation-wide business, because as R. P. Norton says, "the farmers and local people gave our firm a stdrt when it was just a small 1 machine shop and we'll always have'a-job shop-to'take-care of them." •I IA 1931, the Norton Machinfe Works observed that creameries were in need of a good valve refacing tool—a* tool • that would keep steam valves in A-.1 condition, keep them from leaking ahS a tool'that could be used right on the line, without causing the valve to'fae removed. Fro Precision Valve fools Have Gone to Such Places and to Such'Industries As: . South America . Swift & Co. Ford Chrysler General Motors Westinghouse It took several tries, and some heart-breaking experimentation, but such a tool was created. In those first days, only two sizes were machined, and these the salesmen carried loose in their pockets. More arid larger sizes were asked for by large creamery firms and soon this sensational new valve tool found its way into big industry. Sizes up to'8 inch were added, and the files of the company show that the first such set was shipped to New York City. t Then demands in industry for a complete precision tool to 'reface* pipe fittings were made, and after two years of experimental tion the Norton Machine Works brought __^______ out, just recently, a complete tool for this ^purpose. You see this tool pictured helow; It places a mirror-like bevel, of great precision, on pipe fittings used in large and small industry. Norton . Newfoundland . Panama » . Kraft's. . . Campbell Soups . Borden's General Electric Stokely Foods .Fisher Bodies . Elgin Watches I During thfe wdr, the Norton Machine Works was called on to re-seat and re-condition' valves for the government. At times valves so huge they weighed a ton and a half were shipped to Algona for re-conditioning Those were feverish days — new methods.'/ new tools had to be found—but the job was" done in Algona by the Norton company. Such is the story of another industry which? exists iri.'ournridst — one whose products have bornei the name of our community to' points all over -the globe. It is another stbry,of men — of lowans —' who'have with their brains and hands? helped to forge the great state 4 whose 100th birthday we celebrate today. •^? Pictured Here ^e Norton Precision fools: (At Left) NORT<)N "JIFFY" NO. 2 CABINET SET, of valve'reseatuig tools, flaf ahd f tapered. Such 'a set'is used by creameries, Idf ge dairy product manufacturers' and all others who use steam—to reseat faulty valves, , T^iese tools have'bfeen j n prodUc'tion .at Norton's fo* T many years. ' -_ being M of «4 first pwb«c M»W^ ^f tHe nature, y QW see describea in detail in picture story on sidii tool, newly perfected, will shortly ent

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