Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 51
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 51

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
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SICnONFOU* EXPANSION DAILY VOL 70 NO. 128 107 ttA«S OF NEWSPAPER SERVICE OSKALOOSA. IOWA-WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 30. 1957 FOUNDED JULY 2. 1850 ·*§****** »·*·***··*· ***·»*·****« ·**···*·** »*·*»·»** ***»··*» %»*···** «*·*»*** ·*«*»«jk Purchase of additional property around factory Iowa VAIvSJCo. pttmres for ftUtfe plant * * * * e ~ **#»· *···* *^ UAL EDITION Continental Manufacturing Co. Buys Land for Addition Ideal Manufacturing Co. Erects Plant Addition. (Herald Photos) Industrial Expansion Plans Advanced Biggest industrial news in Oskaloosa the past year was announcement that Allen Industrial Products of Battle Creek, Mich., will build a new factory in Oskaloosa. The Battle Creek firm is forced to rebuild its Michigan plant because of a change in the course of the Kalamazoo river and at the same time has decided to expand and open a new plant here. A factory employing 50 men in two 25 men shifts will be built in Oskaloosa and should be in operation in Oskaloosa by June. Expansion of the new Oskaloosa factory within one to two years is a probability, say Oskaloosa chamber of commerce industrial promotional committee members. Two Oskaloosa industrial concerns re planning their own expansion programs a: d one plant is erecting a factory addition. An important step taken in 1956 by local industry in looking to the future : .?.s the purchase by the Iowa Valve Co. of all residential property west of the plant to south Second street and north to the K-.:k Island yards. Homes were either razed or removed, the land was graded and surfaced with a heavy cover of cinders and contract was ~.~t to the Garden Engineering Co., for a steel building 60 by 102 feet in size to tempora:-:"" house the machinery shop overflow. L;-:-.-r the building will become a part of the larged brass foundry. THE CONTINENTAL Manufacturing Co., made plans for expanding west with the purchase of a residential property at 614 south Market street for a factory addition. Building plans ar-i still in the tentative stage. Ideal Manufacturing Co, is completir^' construction of a concrete block and stc-el building to house the rear dock of the plant. A five ton traveling crane will be installed for use in unloading and handling steel. Oskaloosa Clay Products Co. plant he": open house -ast -June to permit Oskaloosa::; to view exra: 'i operations after modernization of the ; '.ant. Visitors were surprise-': to see the ceV-ir-ation of freight ears loaded for shipment to various state.?. New varieties 'f brick -which supplement standard lir.es were on display, along with Information on their use in construction throughout the rr.ir.ve.-.t. Zephyr Ventiilatod A'vnin^ O~ announce? a ?v.-;ncr to commercial use of 0-ka- loo=a rnarift a^-nin^. Th- state highway commission of Ames used awnings the first time on a state owned building and Polk county is trying out Zephyr awning? on the court house at Des Moines. Some large commercial installations are indicated for early spring. CONVERSION OF r.-r-arby telephone exchanges has added to :he ^-;ties ot the 0?- plant here, with the local exchange now- serving Xew Sharon. Montezuma, Fella. Keota. Peoria and Leighton as a long distance switching center. Expenditures here amounted to 5200,000. More towns are to be added in 10-57. Iowa Power Light Co. expenditures here ran up to 8375.000 and included largely electric sen-ice betterments, with the usual extensions to serve new power users. The program continues through this year. Hearings held in January at Washington. D.C.. before the federal power commission are to determine whether the Natural "EXPANSION GROW- . . VOICE OF DEMOCRACY ilDUSTRIAl. EXPANSION i NEWSPAPER

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