Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 31, 1949 · Page 8
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December 31, 1949

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, December 31, 1949
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II all began in 1892. At East Alton, nor,far from the starting point of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition Franklin W. Olin started a powder plant. A factory to load sporting ammuni£iofl followed. later a shot tower —then a huge brass mill. Joined with others, these-first links of Olin Industries today give work to more than ten thousand men arid womenApne of America's largest industrial 'institutions' producing top-quality products that have won world-wide renown and acceptance, it is a perfect example of how, when business visions come true, all the world benefits. • ' • Today, sporting arms and ammunition made by Western and Winchester divisions of Olin Industries are recognized as the finest by sportsmen everywhere. Western "tailor-made" non-ferrous metals do a thousand and-one jobs in planes, trains, ships, motor cars and household appliances. Commercial explosives from six great Olm plants play a major role in expansion projects all over the world. Each nightfall thousands of flashlights stand ready, to protect, you from after-dark dangers . . . sturdy batteries furnish power for radio entertainment and hearing aids. And each year Santa Glaus brings thousands of Winchester roller skates to eager children everywhere. • The-formula behind the vision that has brought success in such varied phases of manufacture is simply ingenuity, integrity, and good, old-fashioned hard work ... a formula still carried on by this time-tested orgamzanon of thousands of chemists, metallurgists, technicians, co-workers. And when the next half-centurv rolls around, this formula will be as good as ever. 1892... the first Olin'powder mill (Equitable) was formed. 1898,.. Western Cartridge Company, now n division of Olin Industries, was organized to load shotgun ammunition. Later, the Western Trap and Target Company was formed. 1889... Machinery was designed and installed for making empty shot shells. Later, Western began making its own lead shot, and shot shell wads. 1908...The Austin Cartridge Company (Cleveland, Ohio) and the National Cartridge Company (Belleville, 111;) were acquired by the Western organization. 1810...Revolutionary new machinery was designed for making shot shell primers at Western Cartridge Company. 19_14... We*t«n Built jts Western Brass Mill to produce cartridge metal. Later, it became one of th« largest sources of supply of commercial copper-base alloys. 1916,., Western Cartridge Company opened its own plant for production of smokeless powder at Springfield, 111. Milestones in the Growth and Service of Olin Industries, Inc. ' \1 ^"' f•'' ' V ' ' ^ ' '>fe^ v \ ( <»'t< 1917... The Olin organization produced cartridges in tremendous quantities for U. S. Government during World War I. 1 9 2 1 ... Western Cartridge Company perfected the Short Shot String feature of the new world-famous SUPER-X shot shells. 1922 . . . Western Cartridge Company developed the boat tail bullet which helped the U. S. Rifle Team win. the world's title, 1932... Winchester Repeating Arms Company, manufacturers of the world-famous Winchester sporting arms and ammunition, flash. lights and batteries, became a division of the Olin organization. 1933 ... By the ball powder process, the Western Cartridge Company produced a new clean-burning, smokeless' powder for small arras ammunition. • ' ' ' l |? 3fl6 •f;. 7 !' 6 B( ?l d Electric Corporation, one o) the oldest names In the flashlight and battery industry, became a part of the OHrt interests, 1940 ... The St. Louis Ordnance Plant, approximately twice as large as any small arms plant in our nation's history, was pv» under Olin management Combining the accuracy of watchmaking with tnoun- tamous maw producer, in making 30- and 5<Xaliber cartridges, it performed one billion, two hundred million operadpni every 24 hours. 1941..\ For use in World War If, the Winchester division designed and manufactured the famous U. S. Carbine, Caliber .30 Ml. 1942 .. .The Winchester division, by experience In gunmaking, cut the cost of producing the Garand rifle to less than 50% of its initial cost. 1943... Establishment of a Pension Plan for all employees providing retirement annuities at age 65. Entire COM of the,plan borne by the corporation. • . 1944...Official formation of Olin Industries, Inc.;bringing under untbed management 12 affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions. 1946... Western CartrjdgeXorapany division perfected the smallest blasting cap ever developed for use with commercial explosives. This «p uses RDX—an explosive 50% more powerful than TNT, 1948 ... Through study made possible by a million-voh Xray, photo-' graphs made at four one-millionths of a second, and electronicequip- meni operating a« hundreds of thousandths o» « second. Western and Winchester divisions developed the sensational "sealed gas chamber" (or its shotgun shells. ' 1949,. -Entry into the OJlopbane field with the Jfcusta Paper Corporation at Pisgab Forest, North Carolina. Product? That Contribute To You* Comfort, Protection and Well Beinu ^ ^ ££z^£Fi *«r -, -,.-, r ^ ' *'"* ^ ^Brrj=i^S=S^^SS5fi^ CfwrtlSalw^ Sim.l OivWoa of Eauit.hi, flbwrf» M.^r.^...-.. ^_ p." ,„/ ,1 « „ " ' *f 1 »® h «-«>*««* ^ T|so««, W*»b.^ Wbwty p ', ;l!i 1 ** &W) *** Sl * 011 ^^ It^PvMofl.rf CWwnbii Ppwrfw Co., to* if^Mum toe, 8A8T AATOW ^W HRf««,^ %ft, |i<, f, tf» H ajili* ^ P ^ M^§C T * ^ ^rW" - Cast rta*«n 4, Coo«». , Boad p| e «rit Corporation, N*w H« n{l 4, Cpoa, Co,, Bau Alcoa, MI,, nod POJTI

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