Minneapolis As A Great Iron Manufacturing Center

1898

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Minneapolis As A Great Iron Manufacturing Center - J ' 1 1 1 1 MINNEAPOLIS TItlSUINK: AS V H A m4...
J ' 1 1 1 1 MINNEAPOLIS TItlSUINK: AS V H A m4 I1 I Ms I 1 I r 1 j A " I r r Mil The Sons of Vulcan of the .Northwestern Metropolis Are Enjoying Enjoying a Revival of Trade and Have Taken a Fresh Start Up the Kill of Success. A Tribune Representative Visits the Principal Iron Works in the City and Finds Them Prepared to Hold Their Own Against Any Competition. A Comprehensive Review of the Leading Iron Manufactories of the Flour City Who Employ Several Thousand Men. Although Minneapolis is known the world over as the Flour City, more Iron workers than millers Ami employment here. This observation will be hardly less striking to Minneapolitans than it wojuld be lo the country at large. Hut it is nevertheless quite the case. From 3.0 to 4.0UU iron workers are employed In the various shops and factories about the city, not counting the small places, where only two or three men are engaged. The flour mills, with their millions of packages, large and small, annually going out into the world of commerce, all bearing the magic Word, "Minneapolis." certainly , , .. . ....v,.,. h.,.i,i, in fm t thev have annronriated to themselves the name and I - I IJ 1UI L K l a .--., .--., .--., .--., ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- ..-.-.,.--- taught the outside public to think that the hav. In fact, there are some Minneapolitans ana some jmiiiesoians vui.uc vc City who have still to learn that Minneapolis not only leads the world in Hour production, production, but that its other Industries are worthy of the loyal support due to a home institution. If Minneapolis consumers of Iron products could once be made to thoroughly thoroughly understand that they can buy In this city machinery of various kinds, mad-by mad-by mad-by their neighbors, as good as the best, and frequently without a peer, the Iron trade would forgo well toward the front rank. There are some men in Minneapolis who will fend to some other city for a piece of machinery not nearly so good or modern as is made within a mile of St. Anthony falls-this. falls-this. falls-this. not because they are not loyal to Minneapolis, Minneapolis, but because they haven't learned bow great the iron industry of Minneapolis has grown. The production ami use of iron has long , i .1 ihAt o.mntrv rir ivoole which produced or the most advanced. 1.'; -in -in this basis the Northwest is in the forefront, and during j) as,, six months has made remarkable advances. Within the past half-year half-year half-year the lion industry, as a wh-oV. wh-oV. wh-oV. h is felt a deeldc.l bi' and in addition, to top off the improvement, the opening a r.dinig mill has given it impetus which makes Minr.e ipolis one of the- the- lading ciu. s in this branch niit-idc niit-idc niit-idc the iron-producing iron-producing iron-producing cities of Cleveland, Pitt burg and other Pennsylvania points. Hut this is only one of a ualf-dozen ualf-dozen ualf-dozen fields tile rest of the world. In the production of Iron Works Is able to enter into successful In bridge and architectural iron the G.lleUe-Herzog G.lleUe-Herzog G.lleUe-Herzog Manufacturing Company has amply demonstrated that it can hold its own with any competitor. These facts demonstrate what should need no proof at this time that .Minneapolis and the Northwest shoul 1 remember that it is no longer necessary to go Fast or South to get the best in iiuti 1 roducts. Minneapolis can supply every requirement. A I,1TT1K UISTtmV. The history of the iron industry of Minneapolis can readily be traced, having grown out of the two in-ustrlcs in-ustrlcs in-ustrlcs which have been the mainstay cf the city from the .s'.art. lumber and (lour. The first sawmill nee, ssitated an iron shop to make repairs and build new machinery; and so also the tlrst flour mill needed millwrights and mechanics to make and repair their implements of production. There were a large number of small shops on both sides of the river, d iting back to the early days, but the first large iron-working iron-working iron-working plants In this city which had a reputation reputation beyond the state were the North Star Iron Works and the Pray Mmuf ac-uring ac-uring ac-uring Company. The latu r concern came into prominence particularly in the development of flour mill machinery. Hut when the firsttido of success had subsided, Mr. Pi ay fouii 1 he had spread out Ms investments too thin, and he was driven to the wall. The North pilar Iron Works, after a career in this city, was induced to pull up stakes and moved to Ashland. These were the two meteors of the iron trade. They have been followed by a second-growth second-growth second-growth of new concerns, which, mingling with the competitors of those who passed away, have given Minneapolis a score of Iron factories as good, on the whole, as can be found anywhere In the Frilled States. Tin: purpose of The Tribune in calling the attention of the public to this industry at tills time Is to point out the many Instances In which a Northwestern purchaser can find exactly w hat he wants right at his doors. Minneapolis machinery sells In Ti xas. and in Montana in competition with the best in the land. Why rhould not every layol Minnesotan try first to supply his wants in the Northwestern metropolis? In order that the matter might r-ceive r-ceive r-ceive do to lock over the entire field Visited, and its good points i and see for himself, re noted in the revi .I.Ulii; Il WOHKS COMIMNV. Two of the most progressive anl enter-irlMng enter-irlMng enter-irlMng concerns in the Northwest were united January 1. K' under tin- tin- name of the G'.obe Iron Works company, being the original Globe Iron Works company and the White lias Engine company, both cf this city. The coalition thus effected has been apparently most happy and fortunate, and it is fair to predict that tills concern, h eated in the power building on Nicollet Island, will, in the next few years, add to the fame of Minneapolis as much as any iron factory within its borders. It attributes this to the superior inventive facilities of its manager, Clarence U. White. He is a born inventor mid has so far taken out 3a patents, all of a practical character and nearly all r.ow In general use. One of these inventions aio:i has made bis n inn- inn- famous among machinists. It is the White automatic wire loom for weaving wire mattresses, the only automatic machine for this purpose, ever put em the market. These machines are so f onomic.il and proluctive and S) valuable that t'a v are rented to the trade but never .1.1. They are in operation nil over olid, ln lu ling Asia anil Australia. the Mr. -.eeri" -.eeri" "HI"", AA "r """ i'J It.., r ( y ff Vj !j THK WH1TK N hite has been GASOI.IXK KXCINK. tiie machine business lu tiiis city since HVi, and is well known as a superior mechanic. Kdward J. Kimball is the financial and cftiee man. He has been in Minneapolis for 4.1 years rind whs for nine years teller in the Farmers' an Mechanics' Havings bank. Four years ago he took an Interest in what Is now the Globe Iron Works company and lia..s been active in its management fur some time. ine priii'. ipat Fpecially of the Glob" Iron burns ( ompany is the White gas (or gaso line) engine, which Is manufactured in tw. tPs, stationary and marine. The line of marine engines, intended principally for power yachts and pleasure boats, Is cm-pine, cm-pine, cm-pine, from 1 to IS horse-power. horse-power. horse-power. The Fta- Fta- tlonary engines run from 1 up to li Imise Dow. r, the smaller ones (up to 3 horse-' horse-' horse-' power), being vertical, like the marine; these of 4 or moro horse-power, horse-power, horse-power, are fcori-zontrvl. fcori-zontrvl. fcori-zontrvl. The stationary engine is designed particularly to give a uniform rp ... j frjr ttcrvice in electric light plants and wherever IV Meady motion Is essential. TP." advantages claimed for the White paa engine are these: Absolutely certain to Btfirt; mall number of parts; perfect gaso-llno gaso-llno gaso-llno feed; ndiablo Ignltor (either electric or hot tube); 1 absolutely Bate; can use any ordinary grade of gaeoline; speed can bo regulated while engine Is running; is light. powerful ana compact, and easily manured. manured. The marine engine has an Impulse at evry revolution; the stationary, an impulse every alternate revolution, unless required more frequently, as controlled by the governor. governor. In the field of smaller gas engines the Olobn Iron Works Company is the only concorn in the Northwest. There are other SPJ engines, but none made In the North-t North-t North-t for this class of work. T! o Globe Iron Works ha an '-stabHshed '-stabHshed '-stabHshed repetition in the manufacture of the "Mm. neapollii" exeelsior ruulnr; machine. This only Minneapolis industry worth talking ,.....ia.. ,.r iV... t"l..itp. been the barometer of civilization. In gen- gen- use I the Lire -.--', -.--', -.--', -.--', -.--', amount f iron bus be. u a n of in which Minmapolis holds Its iw n Corlis.i engines, for instant- instant- the Twin City competiti - n with any factory in tne country. in the on and full attention, l-.very l-.very l-.very factory of w which follows. a reporter was :iny consequence sent was machine has b'on on the maiket fir li vpri, and is sold all over the I'nited Stat es und Canada. The "Minneapolis" cx.i lsmr cutter holds up the reputation of the city In which It is made in that it cuts tw.ee as much excelsior as any other cutter, having two knives instead of one, and cut'. nig a double quant'ly at every motion. The demand demand for excelsior cutters is growing yearly, and upon the day 1 cilVd to lo k this plant over, they had booked three orders orders for cutters', one for Texas, one for Maryland luu' two for Virginia ; 1 found 10 of the Minneapolis cutting machines In daily operati factory of the Wuodward-Ilolmes Wuodward-Ilolmes Wuodward-Ilolmes on Central avenue. Mr. H. A mints, excel ur on at il:, eoinpa ny the manager, speaking of them. Mid: r culling t. We lib. lit 12 These 10 were the lirst excels! maerma s made m tne Minimi nlei.,1 them fr..m this concern inrs ago and have been opef ting them since. A number of improvements have been made by the manufacturers since our machines were built, lint tlrs mactnne Is a good one; no man will make a mi-tak" mi-tak" mi-tak" if he buys the Minneapolis excelsior cutting cutting machine." t distinctive feature of the Globe Ipci Work Cjnipany is the designing of ial mai hinery. This Is done by Mr. White and Other experts whose experience his beell provn. The coreem also builds a line Piini engines, from three to iwnty-bvc iwnty-bvc iwnty-bvc hors.-iiow hors.-iiow hors.-iiow er and is agent f r tlii SI! ill. Line" ei-Kine ei-Kine ei-Kine una Sweet's s'epar ! is and i .naily mental (Xtiaiiit laecs. H has nn on-ep on-ep on-ep ii-:ni'tailed ii-:ni'tailed ii-:ni'tailed )attclli t hop for eX.-J' eX.-J' eX.-J' 'lex pert v: 1;. MlNNF.so T V JltdN AM) MM, The iiaiticulir ln-titutim: ln-titutim: ln-titutim: strates most forcibly the STF.K1, I OM- OM- ii wlii di di nion-p nion-p nion-p '.-ilioii '.-ilioii '.-ilioii which iron indu.-try indu.-try indu.-try of Minneapolis holds iu the the country Is, peihap-s, peihap-s, peihap-s, the Minnesota Iron and Steel company, commonly known as the Columbia Heights Hulling; mills. Situated as they are, within three miles of the In art of Minneapolis, it is particularly a home institution. institution. The bi.-tory bi.-tory bi.-tory of the establishment of this plant demonstrates once again that it not only requires a sound business proposition a legit imate Held and right local conditions -to -to set up an important industry, but it requires requires the right men ami also a favorable season. The Minnesota Iron and Hteel company, company, in a recent circular, state that their plant was established "with a view to utilizing utilizing scrap iron originating in or tributary to this locality, and to deliver the linishel product or the plan to the same market, thereby having the advantage of cost iu transportation of scrap to the outside mar ket, In the Kast and South, und the cost of triinsj.iitatloti back to this market In til finished material." ibis, in brief, then, is the basis of this Inuustry. It will be understood a tritlc more readily if H is remembered that Min neapolis, being the terminus of both tin Great Northern and Northern Pacilic rail roads, Is the natural dumping ground fir all the old railroad iron within hundreds ol miles. And it bears very much the nimi relation lo the "Boo" und other laiii., ad- ad- ana ottier lurge scrup-lron scrup-lron scrup-lron produci is. In aiMition, Minneapolis Is the commeicial and raurouti center or an atea which contain- contain- m arly 2,m.iji.t) people, having an Imni. d,ai. scrap producing capueliy. A great bushe s had been built up in this and other North wcsieio ciues coin-cling coin-cling coin-cling serap Iron and st- st- I to ne s.-iippni s.-iippni s.-iippni to i hicig.. and liasi. rn cli! was t id the Wo. -in -in to all that the Northwi h nueiii i:. i ,,t,ij. u.m the sera going ). turii-il, turii-il, turii-il, i Collld b. a fair in the tied at I-iaso I-iaso I-iaso i.-t i.-t i.-t but ! 1 that, forked I U'lll ..,f p i o.-t o.-t o.-t m 1 1 1 is In 1 J.Iollll.-t J.Iollll.-t J.Iollll.-t ri If tl ' t-eral t-eral t-eral ir,,ri ;.,) 0 r fin- fin- it wouhl iht. l'oiwi'.hsiaii.llug ihat nrieaijoliK i greater than rn ooints In view of th.-sc th.-sc th.-sc favorab'e conditions the i. -1-. -1-. -1-. -1-. t: ti d the ti il'oli lO.H'ie m", cia! years following, prevent- prevent- d the consummation consummation of the plan until the general re-viv re-viv re-viv -.l -.l of the iron business s.x mouilis ago. Tile first definite note of the coming av, iikenln,; may be dated from a report which was made by Captain K. W. Hunt, of Chicago, f noted expert ftequeiitly employ employ d by the grckt iron concerns of the com try. Captain Hunt's report was used by Mr. Howry to interest certain Kastern capitalists, and in part Is as follows: ' The commercial conditions prevailing In this maikci Insure the success of a scrap Iron and steel rolling mill, up lo the lim.U of the scrap production and bar iron and steel consumption: md the local buyers of such hushed products will ilnd it a great advantage to have a mill convenient from whii h they can obtain supplies immediately immediately and thus save carrying a large stock in the warehouse. Home buyers will naturally favor a home mill, especially as the same plant will take man jfaeturer s scrap In exchange exchange for manufactured bar iron." There is nothiruj particularly remarkable in this statement. It is just what ltad been claimed by Mr. Howry tor years and just v. ant liiduoetl-aiif liiduoetl-aiif liiduoetl-aiif m''cr of Minneapolis capitalists to Invest their money In the project. Hut it had the added value that It waa the statement of a disinterested expert expert who nad taken the time and trouble to study tile situation for the purpose of giving giving a statement based upon his expert juugme nt. One of the weaknesses of the proposition, as it stood originally, was that there was no experienced Iron man at hand to assume control of the concern. This, no doubt, had its influence in delaying the development of the project, but the rignt man was found in the person of Horace W. I-a.sh. I-a.sh. I-a.sh. of Pittsburg, who became president and general manager several months ago, and has since been the guiding spirit in the enterprise. Mr. I i m ti is in the prime of young manhood, manhood, not much over 40 years of age. and one of nature's captains of InJustry to whom command comes by right of ability. Mr. 1-ash 1-ash 1-ash is a practical iron worker, having been in the business since a boy and tlior-ougnly tlior-ougnly tlior-ougnly mastered the intricate details of his pi ofcssioh. He was for a long time con-iit con-iit con-iit cted w ith Park Pros. and. later, with the Carbon Steel Company, loth of Piltshurg, and his reputation as an iron and steel man :s as g iod as that of any man in the business. business. '1 ne lii.-. lii.-. lii.-. every of su. h a man at the very b -ginning -ginning of as live operations was a de-cuo-l de-cuo-l de-cuo-l de-cuo-l de-cuo-l a naiitage to the n -w -w corporation : ana it uas qn.'.e as mucn to the advantage of .M ::'n- ::'n- apoiis. for the city is closely concerned concerned iri ttc- ttc- successes of this great enterprise. The o tner officers of the company are: Chu'.oii Morrison, vie e-presab-nt e-presab-nt e-presab-nt e-presab-nt e-presab-nt ; .u. 15. Keen, ir. asurer, and the principal local do. eiois and stockholders include Thomas l.oury. S. A. Harris, president of the Nation il J.ank of Commerce, F. I). Un-der.vo.id, Un-der.vo.id, Un-der.vo.id, general manager of the Sou road an l K. c. I.'arrows. I'r.e nulls are located on a tract of ten a-'i.-s, a-'i.-s, a-'i.-s, a-'i.-s, a-'i.-s, situated about two blocks west from the Central avenue car line, just above '1 hirt.v-seventh hirt.v-seventh hirt.v-seventh avenue northeast, in what is known as Columbia Heights. At present tic plant consists of one main building, bulk intirely of iron and steel, W) by aoJ feet, with auxiliary buildings, such as warehouses, warehouses, gas producers, office, etc. The power plant is one of the largest In the Northwest and the rolling mill machinery is of the latest and most approved pattern, capable of manufacturing ail sizes of bar iron and steel from 3-!nch 3-!nch 3-!nch to 4-lnch 4-lnch 4-lnch round and square bars and up to S Inches wide in Hat bus, including oval and half-oval, half-oval, half-oval, half-round, half-round, half-round, saiall angle, tee. channel and tire iron ba ra. As being more exact, the following ranga of sines, as announced on one of the company's company's cards, may be of Interest; P.ANGK OF S1ZKS. to 2'2 Inches in rounds and squares. i to ll! inches in ovals, half-ovals half-ovals half-ovals and hiiif-rounos. hiiif-rounos. hiiif-rounos. , to U inches wide in Hats, to l- l- Inches thick. to -1 -1 inches wide to Ti. K. tire iron, ',4 to 1 inch thick. ? to tj Inches wide in S. K. tire Iron, to 1 inch thick. to I, inches in half-oval half-oval half-oval tire iron 3-15 3-15 3-15 to i inch thiel-. thiel-. thiel-. The real test of the wisdom which originated and built up this institution lies in how well It succeeds. So far, it has surprised even Its most sanguine supporters. supporters. The mills were started Dec. 22, and they have been moving with accelerated speed ever since. One of the ditliculti' which the management had to contenu with at the start was in getting enough skilled workmen. The iron trade has been active all over the Fast for some time und the war preparations have done considerable considerable to increase the demand for men skHled In the production of iron. Mr. Arundel, siiiHTintcnilent of the mill, at first estimated estimated that i men would be required, but It Is now apparent that 400 men wdli not be able to produce the product which the company company has in contemplation before snow-flies. snow-flies. snow-flies. l p to the last week of March the factory was operated by a singlo crew numbering P.i men. but so great was the ilemanu ror the eomnanv's i ,r. ,,1-iet ,,1-iet ,,1-iet iv,.Jf during tiie past week the' mills began running running day and night emnlovimr ;i:l men. Although great changes have been made since the mills started there is still much to ! done to bring them up to the reouirc- reouirc- nienis oi me marKet which thev are ohm. 1 to supply. The demand is so much greater than anticipated Unit tin. miiu hav been lunninir on nnler fnn o, ciri. uroers nave piled up faster than they ouio oe inn il, although t s exnected tt. with the night crew all urgent orders will oe niie.t promptly. There Is an Immense pne or sera s-probably s-probably s-probably ihaoo tons-wnitlnir tons-wnitlnir tons-wnitlnir be converted into merchant bar. which wiii oe transformed at the rate of fiO tons il day, Into the Iron of mmmi-rra mmmi-rra mmmi-rra r-nii..,i r-nii..,i r-nii..,i t,.r by the onh-rs onh-rs onh-rs on the hooks of th,. Minn.. sot il lion and Stc-I Stc-I Stc-I comnany. The only particular in which Munieanol! u ! oisaiivaiitage, comi ind with Kast- Kast- 'iii looaucers or iron. es n ih ..t fuel. This dlfTerrnee may be measured by ne- ne- oiiii renee iM tween the com of fo, i iof noun hi l lie m S. Or vrhli it r.,v. K. uioie cieariy mated as "the cost of bring- bring- OK i-oai i-oai i-oai unin me m-nn m-nn m-nn st avai a b nOn i Minneapolis." as compared with the .-n.i .-n.i .-n.i oi oi uveririg coal at m.,re (:iei-.,i (:iei-.,i (:iei-.,i ,.,., ractur ing points. As the Minm a noils ol.int u.v.- u.v.- me- me- cnai nr.'i'l, ion nrst run. y us it into gas, certain Illinois coals hav oe.'ii loiiuu available, so that the disadvantage disadvantage under which the (iihimi.iu u.a,,!,... mills must labor can not be greater at any iime man me rreight on coal from Illlnoi. t.i Minneapolis As this is more- more- than iff si-l si-l si-l in me saving of fre klht ,.n serai) anl me iinisneo product Do. f,, question is well taken cure of. The circular of the Minnesol Iron piieei company makes th iioiincement : following ..,... ,, present year the plant will eoiuigcii oy trie addiilon of n oi an open ninrin steel ilepart.m ni. I ins si m. tf i.oo una s i eel nuililmg nearly one-half one-half one-half th ...... ,,, ,,- ,,- iTi seni main Inuhimg. in which .i. oe n.siaiieu open-h.M.rt!) open-h.M.rt!) open-h.M.rt!) furnaces, el ....,,,-,, ....,,,-,, ....,,,-,, i.hips, ,!( :, )s- )s- ,, 1,1 ro casting machimiy fr tn(, maim laeiiue OI op. n-heiirth n-heiirth n-heiirth Mtel-1 Mtel-1 Mtel-1 ,i;i will be sub-ieqiieritly sub-ieqiieritly sub-ieqiieritly roil.-il roil.-il roil.-il in.', si.el bars of all Hi7.es and shap fore referred to. It Is exp,-, exp,-, exp,-, t,,) h-aith h-aith h-aith steel department win !. 'ts. which o finish 's hereto I lie open i in opera iion mil. iaier inan (ictolar 1 of also additional machinery for tin ti.re of bolts, railroad sidle s te, etc. this y e. e manuf i el cn.-tlnf. cn.-tlnf. cn.-tlnf. "The present plant inn a linishlng capa .... . ions ,ier nay. wiiii the r.ew inidl oh ciifiacity win he increase. i t j tons per day. "The pnsent plant u'lliz.-s u'lliz.-s u'lliz.-s only soft ste -.'"i. -.'"i. oi. ii nn i in- in- new ex- ex- i.i sum ii win become a user of uli Rra, nioeucL nun, son hf,.I steij i est it ,ti scrap, and its capacity wol a m Sil.lle the employment ,f ,.)y ,,. "The promoters of the enterprise h -'T -'T r.-ason r.-ason r.-ason to heMeve iii.it ti,. phmj Plow to Iw one of the import .i nt nririuf ic-ti.rlng ic-ti.rlng ic-ti.rlng indiistrii H of the Norlhw .-, .-, .-, i. and w'll viiniii me next lew years imp! n-.r n-.r n-.r i "ie men, v.lio will reoeiv itlnnaliv i.v-r i.v-r i.v-r m- m- ,i.i iii wages, an amount tinder previous ( i million? Sout hern t lifts." - would h iron and Fastern I.e. Hiring and dis- dis- t 1 u. an; Tr c The Twin City being by the su Manufacturing' Tl IltO WOHKS. Iron works was called into ipenslon of the O. A. Pray ompany, the pioneer iron- iron- working concern of Mlnneapols, referred to in the introductory. The officers of tills copartnership copartnership sire ail well known In the iron trade of the Northwest. Otis P. Uriggs. the president nj treasurer, was the confidential confidential office-man office-man office-man under Mr. Pray for nearly ten yers prior to the suspension of the Pray company, having also been a stockholder stockholder in the pioneer concern. Joseph G.ir-tiett. G.ir-tiett. G.ir-tiett. the vice-president vice-president vice-president and manager of the Twin Cily works. Is an KnglishfiiHii, who diavlng learned his trade in the old country, came to 'tho Northwest about SJ years ngo and went to work for Mr. Pray. He continued continued In the Pray shop until it was closed, when he Joined with Mr. llriggs in the formation formation of the Twin City shop. Together they have labored until they are now at the head of an Institution which is not inferior to the original Pray plant in which they were employes. W. H. Getohell is secretary secretary of the concorn. As stated, the present Institution followed on the heels of the failure of the Pray company. Ten years ago Mr. Hrlggs and Mr. Garbelt Joined their fortunes, which consisted consisted largely of pluck, reputation, knowledge knowledge of the iron business and s-rnie s-rnie s-rnie bitter experience. They leased a small portion of the old Pray plant, in tho milling district, and In that modest manner started in the world anew. These ten years were marked with struggles and triumphs. They had no capital When they began. Today their plant is conservatively worth JlOO.Ooj; and every dollar has been rmc!- rmc!- out of th? iron busi- busi- I ness of this per.od. Aside from the splendid argument which I these facts present, to prove that Minn"- Minn"- ! a polls is something more than a flour-grinding flour-grinding flour-grinding and lumber-sawing lumber-sawing lumber-sawing center, they demonstrate that the m-n m-n m-n who have guide 1 the Twin City Iron works , know their business, They could not have gone from the bottom to the very top round cf the ladder in their particular line without those qualities of which successful manufacturer!) manufacturer!) are made. The present plant of the Twin City Iron Works occupies about two-thirds two-thirds two-thirds of the city square between Third and Fourth strei ts iiie.l F.l.-yi F.l.-yi F.l.-yi nth and Twelfth avenues south, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee Milwaukee 4i St. Paul road. This area is getting too erovvdi d during the busy seasons seasons and more room will be tif-i tif-i tif-i il.-il. il.-il. il.-il. if the concern is to continue to grow as it has in the past. The plant consists of a foundry, foundry, Co by 1,'iU feet, having a 21-ton 21-ton 21-ton cupola at one ond and a smull brass foundry equipment at the other; a machine shop, 7') by 125 feet. In which may be seen a num ber of machines the like of which cannot be found elsewdvre in the Northwest. On the second story, over the machine shop is tho woou-working woou-working woou-working and pattirn shop. A three-story three-story three-story building 4) by PXt feet, situated on Twelfth avenue south. Is devoted to a dual purpose. In the upper two stories is kept the largest collection of foundry patterns in the Northwest; the lower floor Is used us a machinery store room. In a large shed in the yard is kept u unique mastodon of a machine, otlP-d otlP-d otlP-d a "bull" lathe. It is used for turning fly-wheels fly-wheels fly-wheels and will a?c"jmmodut" a wheel 24 feet in diameter and six feet face. There Is no room for this monster In the regular machine machine shop, ror is it calieil Into service wry frequently, but when needed it Is very handy. About the yard are crowded a large quantity of pig ar.i scrap Iron, coke, coal. wood, tastings and partly or wholly finished pieces of machine) y, pulleys, shaftings and the multifarious odd-i odd-i odd-i and ends of the Acrid of mechanics. I was conducted through the wmks of the Twin City Iron Works by Mr. Hiiggs, presi dent of the company, and when 1 came away I was satisfied that I knew one of the reasons why this concern had been so successful during the past 10 years, notwithstanding notwithstanding the gera-ral gera-ral gera-ral hard times during the last half of this period. Mr. Brings and his associate, Mr. Garbelt, ure In the c'os-est c'os-est c'os-est touch with everyiiiing about file works. They know the business intimately, every machine is as familiar as a toy to it child owner, and every workman has the friendliest feelings for the firm. The employes employes of the Twin City Iron Works are re garded as fellow workera. not underlings, and they know that their best efforts are appreciated by th"!r employers. The proof of the pudding Is not In the number of square feet of floor space occupied, occupied, nor even in the number of men em ployed, so much as in the, character and extent of the work actually done. I think nearly every Mlnneapolitan will Join me In expressing surprise, when lie leains the large number of important pieces of work successfully turned out by the Twin C ty Iron Works. A mere catalogue or the important important Items, which I have noted, will tell the tale, most effectively. I name a few, giving, approximately, the amount of money which each job involved. i:3,o u. Furnishing 50-inch 50-inch 50-inch snee'al castings for the new .Minneapolis reservoir; also, re- re- I constructitijf the two lO.OOj.UM-gullon lO.OOj.UM-gullon lO.OOj.UM-gullon pumps at the N'o'th Side pumping station, Minneapolis. Minneapolis. ., , . ; , ., j $20,000 Machinery and heavy castings for the flumes and Bates of the new rillsbury-Washburn rillsbury-Washburn rillsbury-Washburn dam, Minneapolis. $!0.iji.o Two Twill Ciiy Corliss engines, line shafting shafting and clutches to replace two engine? of other makes originally Installed in the Guaranty Loan Building (saving a large percentage of the fuel costi. SG.W.O One 2.".0-horse 2.".0-horse 2.".0-horse power Corliss engine, with grooved fly-wheel, fly-wheel, fly-wheel, Una shafting and rope sheaves for the transmission of power: all complete, for the new factory of the North Htpr Hoot and Shoe company, $r.,0..O Two Twin City Corliss engines, also eie-vutor eie-vutor eie-vutor pumps, boiler fcd pump and oir pump, with transmission machinery, Phoenix Phoenix building, Minneapolis pronounced a model equipment cf its kind. $:.th o One SiO-horse SiO-horse SiO-horse power Twin City Corliss engine, with fly-win fly-win fly-win el grooved for manlllu rope transmission; also, all machinery for the transmission of power for the Great Western elevator. $7.0. One 2i.il horsepower Twin City Corliss engine with fly wheel grooved for munilla rime transmission; also, all ' machinery for V-c. V-c. V-c. , "-U:wA'cr,ikw "-U:wA'cr,ikw "-U:wA'cr,ikw .-s.s; .-s.s; .-s.s; '. . .. - -"ri -"ri - ,f..' --i --i --i -jo -jo . "S X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j X-v,.'-.-j Ji; - -.-. -.-. -.-. -.-. ' ! a I i . . 'v. ..- ..- ' . v-v:?-;,.: v-v:?-;,.: v-v:?-;,.: v-v:?-;,.: v-v:?-;,.: f'.--VsJ5. f'.--VsJ5. f'.--VsJ5. f'.--VsJ5. - - .- .- ' 's v,!iii--'i v,!iii--'i v,!iii--'i v,!iii--'i s " ' -l";r-rJvr -l";r-rJvr -l";r-rJvr -l";r-rJvr the traiisml-'.sion traiisml-'.sion traiisml-'.sion of power for the l1' " '.' bushel elevator of Osborne and McMillan. ScMH gPKCIALTIKS. It would not complete my story if I did not give, somewhat in detail, a list of those specialties to whteh the Twin City Iron works devotes a large part of Its energies. No man can hope to excel In every art and science, as no manufacturing institution can hope to lead the world in every department of Its particular Held. The men who recognize recognize this fact in their business are usually successful; and it may not bo amiss to say that It is largely to this faculty of sticking to specialties that the Twin City concern attributes whatever of kiicccss it has enjoyed. "When we began business." Mr. Hrlggs told me, "no one In the Northwest was making a specialty of a Corliss engine. We thought this would be a good featuro for us to take up and we have found it so. We make a full line of Corliss engines, of from 40 to Sun horsepower. The entire scries of our engine patterns has been tested and a number of the engines of each class are now In operation. The first Corliss engine we built runs in our shop today, and while we have been Improving on It all the while that old engine has been an effective ad vertisement of what we can do." A large line jf. twin gearing Is an TUier Aol KS. special foature of the Twin City Iron wor They make gears weighing ten tons, callable of transmitting l.Wo horse-power horse-power horse-power and mta-surlng mta-surlng mta-surlng ten feet in diameter. A large special machine, known as the Ultra son ge.ir-dresser ge.ir-dresser ge.ir-dresser for dressing the t-eth t-eth t-eth of both iron and mortise gea.rs, Is one of the unusual featuren of (his machine shop, and Is found nowhere eise In the Northwest. Still another line, upon wh4ch the Twin City -works -works have been running extensively, is sneaves for the transmission of power by TWIN CITY maniila to six;. rope. The n feet in are made from two im.-i. im.-i. im.-i. r a"!id for one or more r ;p s. callings and A similarly patterns a large line of pulley al.-.) al.-.) al.-.) In st --'k. --'k. --'k. Ore of tho departures wi... !i this concern was callei upon to mak-, mak-, mak-, was the manufacture manufacture of a simple, and practical f.. e.l rrnil, for grinding feed for horses and cattle. A prominent miller wunti 1 a mill built according according u his own ideas to embrace only two pairs of rolls, to be of convenient slz anl substantial in construction. Mr. itriggn and Mr. Garbett undertook ti ni id.-l id.-l id.-l and make it and when it was completed the new mill proved so .satisfactory that others were put upon the market. The Twin Cty Feed Mill is made in two sizes, coating about J2.M) and SH'iO respectively, and is meeting with good success. One section of the machine shop Is devoted devoted exclusively to the grinding grinding and corrugation of the chillkd iron rolls used In the flour mills. A half dozen automatic machines do, with unerring accuracy, the work which the finest mechanics could no: do on conventional conventional machinery. So perfect Is t.iis work of the Twin City company that rolls are shipped them by millers from Kansas, from Canada and. in fact, aii over tne wheat grow.ng area of the SVesi an 1 Northwest. Northwest. The largest planer in the Northwest Is in the Twin city .shops. It will take a piece 5 by 5 b 20 feet and it is operated by Martin Gram, a machine shop celebrity and, without exception. Hie best known planer-man planer-man planer-man In the state. A ten-foot ten-foot ten-foot Niles boring and turning mill, for finishing large pulleys ami sheaves. Is also a feature of this shop. It. tod, has ro rival in size In the Northwest. A 22-foot 22-foot 22-foot shafting lathe, with a screw cuttliiig attachment, is another special feature. and still another is a turret" lathe, for the rapid production of duplicate parts for engines, clutches and other machinery machinery It Is known In the shops as the "World's Fair', souvenir." having been bought whily on exhibition nt Chicago In Pt-'J. Pt-'J. Pt-'J. The foundry has produced castings weighing 20 tons, it is under the of Benjamin Garbett, brother of the proprietors, whose knowledge mixtures for Ktrength and linish excelled by any man In the busim s As everyone knows, the siibstanl ii of the Iron Industry of Minneapolis charge one of of iron is not s. ii basis is the Hour mining at the Falls of St. Anthony and the lumber sawing, just above. It is to these two primary Industries that, tic Iron wi.rkeis of Minneapolis have looked fcr work. The work done by the Twin Ity Iron Works for the millers of Min neapolis has amounted to several hundred thousand dollars a year. Hardly a mill of the halls, aiwl few of the leading flour mills of Minnesota, have n it paid tribute In some way to the Twin City shop. The Plllsbury-Washburn Plllsbury-Washburn Plllsbury-Washburn Company Is .using .using 150 Twin City machines known as "scalpers and grad ers." The Washburn. Crosby Company is one ot the best customers this concern has nan rrom tne start, thoroughly loyal to Minneapolis all the time. The Minneapolis flour Manufacturing- Manufacturing- Company and the Consolidated Milling Company are also fre quent and valued patrons. The work for tho mills has included a large amount of heavy tooth gearing, bridge trees for water wheels and other heavy connections about mill machinery. une or tne jons on Hand, when I went tnrougn tne works, was a pair of pomlcirous driving gears tor the Cons.ilidau d Milling Company, to be used In driving one of its largest mills and it embraced the installation installation cf several large driving pulleys to be used In Increasing the capacity of the mill. I5TKHI'HISK MACMJM: CO. W.thin a half block from the new Minneapolis Minneapolis courthouse Is one of the most aggressive aggressive and enterprising Iron working s-tablishments s-tablishments s-tablishments In the cily. It is well named, the Enterprise Machine company, of which George IX Sampson is manager and Wil-lam Wil-lam Wil-lam Kampft is superintendent. The husl-r.ess husl-r.ess husl-r.ess of tills concern may properly be divided divided into two lines. They do a general foundry foundry and machine shop business making a specialty of light work and the designing and development of new machinery. A lurgo number of the most Interesting; and valuable machines have been developed iu this establishment. Among the more recent successen in this line Is a press for b.wlii g half-tone half-tone half-tone plutes for newspaper pr.iitiug. This machine has been placed on the market market nnd Is meeting with good success. The concern also manufactures band saws and engines and does a line of general general jobbing and repair wotk. The other branch of the business is the dealing in second-hand second-hand second-hand machinery of every kind. The latest monthly catalogue gives an idea of the character and extent of the business done. There were for sale of engines 24 different styles, Including slide valve and automatic, uprights and combined engines and boilers, and a slx-borso slx-borso slx-borso power hoisting engine. The engines run from the smallest to the largest engines In common use. A largo assortment of steam boih-rs, boih-rs, boih-rs, a score of steam pumps of almost "very known make, a number of idectiie motors, meal choppers. em--ry em--ry em--ry em--ry grinders, wood lathes, iron latins, milling machines, brick machine", machine", stone crushers, and much else of a like kind, all in go.rl order, some practically practically new, are also on hand. Besides the assortment of new and secondhand secondhand shafting, hangers, pulleys, boxes, couplings, etc., which Is very complete, the Kntcrpriso Machine Company has a large line of second-hand second-hand second-hand laundry machinery. In good working order, which is being sjld at less than half the price of new. (HOW lltON W OH KM. When the Guaranty Hoan building was being erected in tiiis city, some ten years ago, the arc hlteets announced that the ornamental ornamental Iron work would have to be done outside of Minneapolis, because there Wi-4 Wi-4 Wi-4 no concern In the Northwest capable of doing doing this line of wark. Hut they were mistaken. mistaken. The fact that no extensive work In this line had been done previously was no indication that it could not be done. All ft required was the riorve to try li. The Crown Iron works got this Job and did tiro work, not ony to the entire satisfaction satisfaction of the architects, but they made-a-protit made-a-protit made-a-protit made-a-protit made-a-protit on the contract, notwithstanding that It was tak. n at a comparatively low figure. While going through the works w.'th Mr. Malmsten recently, I learned the story of this contract from him. "They told u.-i u.-i u.-i n) Minneapolis iron works wis capable of handling tiie Job," he Slid, --fut --fut --fut I made up my mind that the contract sh mlJn't go out of the city, even if it involv-d involv-d involv-d a sicr!-tlfii sicr!-tlfii sicr!-tlfii on my part. Then after 1 had put in the lowest bill, the architect required me to put pp 'h bond of JlO.iJOO to guarantee the IKON WORKS ('(iHLlSrf FNGINK. completion of tin- tin- work in a-tmtlsf.ictory a-tmtlsf.ictory a-tmtlsf.ictory manner. We riot only d.d tiiis ornamental iion work. Including tne ra. lings, elevator guards, ttc, all through the Guaranty Loan building, in accor lance with trie specUica-lioi'.s, specUica-lioi'.s, specUica-lioi'.s, but we made a reputation' an I sune moii.-y moii.-y moii.-y out oi the contract." Tins incidentals the best Index of the (liaraet.-r (liaraet.-r (liaraet.-r of the Crown Iron wi -rhu-that -rhu-that -rhu-that -rhu-that -r -r cau suggest. They have in ver failed to Use (o any occasion, nor meet any emergency emergency which their business demanded. Although not one of the pioneers in the trade, the concern now Known as the Crown Iron w orks is one of the oidi st In the city. From the start to the present, A. Malmsten has been the load of the shop. He worked for tht C. M. and St P. road when a young man, Imvlng Ixgun his trade In Sweden. J.ator he woiked in the North Star Iron works, and V, yutrs igo he mrtcl into Job work In a small way, doing wotk for the flour and saw mills and others. He early associated with himself A. H. N-lson N-lson N-lson and K. Hcrnlurul, father of J. W. Hernlund, l ow jroprietor of the Star Iron works. For three years they worked together as a partnership under the style of Malmsten, Nelson & Co.. having a shop between Main stre.q and the river, at about Second avenue southeast, when, in Ks5, they were burned out. After this the thr"e partneia Uicorpor-ate, Uicorpor-ate, Uicorpor-ate, the Crown Iron Works company, Mr. Malmsten becoming president and manager. After the death of 12. H rnlund, his son, J. W. Hernlund, t'sk the liuenst and place of his father and was secietary nnd treasurer treasurer until lust February, when he disposed of bis Interests preparatory to starling for himself. Of the. leading jobs in their line that the Crown Iron Works has done in the past decline, Mr. Malmsten remembered the principal details of only a few, which CROWN IRON he gave as we sat In a note tl ceveral that his office. I mado will bo of Interest. as follows. $'54;00 Structural iron for Hrst and second floors of the new courthouse. Minneapolis. (They mlsiicd getting the contract for the next two lloorii by a mere accident.) $50,000 Ornamental iron work, including stair work, balusters, etc., for the Guaranty I i.in builiiliig. t26,f.00 Strt'tural and ornnmeni.nl iron work for the Pi Int. i high school the finest high school building in the world. $fi,000 Structural and ornamental iron work for the I-yceum. I-yceum. I-yceum. $fi,000 Structural and ornamental Iron work of tho Mutual Illuck, now occupied by Janney, Scmplo & Co., Minneapolis. $17,000 All the Iron work for the administration building of tho Rochester Insane Hospital. $15,000 All the Iron work for tho ward building building of the Fergus Falls insane hospital. l.nst year was not a rushing season with most of the iron concerns, nevertheless, tho Crown Iron Works was fairly active ami when the books wero balanced for tho yor. It was found to have been a fairly prosperous sear after all. So mo ot the iron work jobs done during the year include include tho following: Pumping station at Duluth, $4.01)0. Iron works for the Kelley liat building, $3,500. Tho I,amb residence, Minneapolis; the Owa-tonnji. Owa-tonnji. Owa-tonnji. cneia house; a business block in Winona: the McCorm.'.ck estate building in iioloib: extensive alterations, etc., which .to.. not Include a larve number of smaller Jobs in every department. The plant of the Crown Iron works occupies occupies tho entire frontage between Second and Prince streets on Second avenue southeast. southeast. The foundry is GU by 60 feet with a 19 t.t 3 L'' j (VTi'jl v"7.v -v,.. -v,.. '-- '-- '-- ---rr ---rr ---rr ---rr c' - :; - a cnj.o'.i which melts live tons of mc-fil, mc-fil, mc-fil, well equipped with cranes, etc., for heavy work. The machine shop is M by 40 feet, equipped wiiii a full compl'-nxnt compl'-nxnt compl'-nxnt of mod. ern rnachlmry, inciudlng a Zl foot lath- lath- and a double headed facing machine- machine- for. facing both nls of a structural column at on time. This machine was made in the fchop und is a unique nioncy-s.iv.-r. nioncy-s.iv.-r. nioncy-s.iv.-r. nioncy-s.iv.-r. nioncy-s.iv.-r. It swings four feet in the clear and taken columns Z'l feet In length. A single machine is n ,w In course of construction which will swing six f.-et f.-et f.-et and take a column 25 feet in lengih. The blAckumlth shop is equipped, with trip hammer for heavy work and Is very complete In Its appointments. Aiihoiig'.i architectural iron work will continue the specialty of t'.ie Crown Iron works, they have a few niichlnu specialties specialties which have alw:ays ha I a ready salo on the markiit. One of these Is the IJIack-mer IJIack-mer IJIack-mer saw sharpening machine for s.iar'!ilnj? circular arid gang paws. Thid machine Is one of tiie best for its purpose on the market market anil Mr. Milmsten Is now miking certain certain Improvements to reduce lis cost, which is now from 175 to $!2l anl JL35, according to size. The Crown trip hammer, for general general blacksmith's use, is the outgrowth at necessity. At one time the Crown Iron works turned out a large nuinbiT of lurnber-iasrmun's lurnber-iasrmun's lurnber-iasrmun's cant hooks, aril no satisfactory power hammer was on the market, so on was Invented and made fir ehop use, pf prove 1 fo satisfactory that It was put upon the market and it has had a steady hI-. hI-. hI-. This hammer is made in three sizes; !; pound hammer, 4jt; 70 pound hammer, tXu; ari l 1H pound hammer, t'The concern ufn-m.iki'S ufn-m.iki'S ufn-m.iki'S iTTlne of emery wheel grinder, selling for from !0 to tk). tioom: i tHiiMi i(iiim: to. The tieati-st tieati-st tieati-st Iron working establishment i found In my tour was Carving Machine compa avenue. The shop that of the M y. at WJ Port! occupies a : Hon of the blic k w ill of the ! st resilience h Is In the very re section, where no would look for a-machln.: a-machln.: a-machln.: rhop. I he primary product of this cornpany the Moore wood carving machine. .. It is only mm blue iu the world which A.ear wool automatinily with the accuracy fd precision of an artist, and It is sold all ov civilization. Although the Moore carvi machine is pi actlcaily unknown withii stone's throw of where It Is manuf.tctur it has the highest standing in factor: whero furniture, chairs, pianos, organs architectural woodwork are produi Hunlly & large wood working factory America that doe not mseds or want or moro of these machines. The Invention Is that of a former Mini iipolltan. H. F. Moore, who died two yn ago. It was first patented in Ui, but it not until l-nw l-nw l-nw that the machines were u;on the market. They have since been peatedly Improved so that thy are fully lo ail the requirements of an exacting tn- tn- The Moore carving machine is alone in field. It ts sold all over the Fnlt'-.l Fnlt'-.l Fnlt'-.l Hu and Europe, the European agency being I Homlon. A Moore carving machine been doing good service In a factory in C Town, South Africa, and the company receiviii intimations that another may ordered soon. The price i f carving : chines varies according to size; the Ur styles sell for $750 and Jl.Curt. In connection with the carving mac! this company has recently i reduced an er labnr-savinir labnr-savinir labnr-savinir machine called n "riil,'t. macnirie. wnicn does the work of a r, ber of workmen in polishing and finis! WORKS TRIP HAMMERS. woods and furniture. This Is a cii tively new product, having been on the I ket since lstd, but it has taken so wr America that an experimental consign has been sent abroad and the result is ed forward to with interest. An accurate barometer of general bus1 conditions during the past six or si years has been the demand for c lng machines. When business good there was a brisk der for machines, but when dull ti came carving machines were a drug. ? facturcrs pointed to their over-cro over-cro over-cro warehouses and laughed at the suggi, of a cheapened production. But wit! year the tune has changed. There is a brisk demand for this exclusive M apolis product nnd tho factory is cr to keep up with orders. It was this dull times expjricnco v led the Moore Carving Machine compajJ enter tne noiu oi mcycie manufacture, j nau a luuiory aneciauy adapted loif work and also the peculiar class ol chanlcs, and it was but natural that the country went cycle-mad cycle-mad cycle-mad that aj tempt should be niado to supply thji matin. In the season of ISSii fhey commj; Duiidiiig uicycies. naming: tnem tho w nelr and selllntt them montly to J apolls riders. Their success was phe.!. nal. A distinctive fcntiiro of the c and ono which won it much favor tv.'jt hygenio "cushion frnmo" which led to to sell their rigid frames buy a "Yarneil." The foil! yew r. still finer vhel was on the market, the "Konnark." Both wiie;iB, belr.jf mado and put togther I p't machinists, are exceptionally running und the cushion frnmo makes thi ucnie of oasy-ridins. oasy-ridins. oasy-ridins. Both nro Nj npcl'8 projects and from a wheoli standpoint 'hey reflect credit upon th The Yarnt'l Is selling this year n.t $ the Konnarlc at J?5. Tho I.n.iy Konaa.' de.dgii cf which Is patented :!J I t llr.j

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  2. 10 Apr 1898, Sun,
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