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Parent Issue
Day
24
Month
September
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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"Ann Arbor is a college town, there is no business or manufacturing there; if it wasn't for the University there wouldn't be much to say about the town." We used to hear such assertions as this ten years ago, but an intelligent man wouid be ashamed to talk in tha manner today. Proud as the oity is of the University and the other educational institutions, it is by no means entirely dependent upon them for existence or fame. A glance at Aun Arbor's advantages as a manufacturing point would be of interest to all manufacturera who are looking for a good location. Railway connections, in the first place, are all that could be desired. By means of the Michigan Central, Ann Arbor has direct comniunication with all the western roads diverging from Chicago, and with the eastern seaboard. The Toledo, Ann Arbor & North Michigan railroad, extending northerly to Frankfort and southerly to Toledo, places Ann Arbor ti cornmunication with rich forest country, and with all the south and west roads centering at Toledo. Rates are made on both the railroads, decidedly favorable to Ann Arbor. The great advan l ages to be derived from such connections are apparent at even a hasty glance. Ann Arbor's natural resources, so to speak, also deserve mention. Surrounded by a rich grain and fruit country, and not far distant from extensive hard wood forests. it is enabled to secure all kinds of raw material at a comparatively sniall expense. Factory buildings can be put up more cheaply here than in altnost any other city in the country. Pine lumber is brought directly irorn Suginaw and other northern points, comparatively near. Large bilis are thus avoided. Hard wood lumber also, tosome considerable extent, is manufactured within the Corporation limits of Ann Arbor. Brick is made at several places in and near the city. Lime is brought from Dundee, twenty miles distant, and sand can be easily obtained in this vicinity. The water farnisbed by the water company is well adapted for use in boilers. Good power is also farnisbed for water motors. Soft nut coal seldom costs more than $2.50 per ton. It wil] thus be seen that the power facilities of Ann Arbor are f.11 that could be a;-ked. There is much land near the heart of the city and adjoining the railroads, not yet taken, that would furnish good, as well as cheap, sites for manufacturing establishments. When purchased, they would be burdened with only a small amount of taxes, the rate in this city for municipal, county and state taxes beiug, during the last fisca. year, only 1.35. Both capital and labor can be secured in Ann Arbor at a comparatively small outlay. Money is never as close here as elsewhere. It is always eeeking good investments. Laborado is plentiful, and strikes and other troubles are not frequent. A GLANXE AT EXISTINQ FACTORIES would be profitable, for two reasons: Firt, it would show that manuf'acturers are not blind to Ann Arbor'a advantages, and, secondly, it would show very clearly that the manufacturing interests here are by no means so lificant as many misinformed persons j 8eem to think. As all industry, at last Walysis, centers around agriculture, we canuot do better, in the first place, than glance at the AQRICULTURAL TVOEKS. This factor3' has more than a national I reputation. It has carried the fame of Aun Arbor as far in business circles as I 'ie University of Michigan has carried "in educational circles. It is owned wd controlled by a siock company and "ie plant is valued at 75,000. Upards of 100 men are employed during we busy season. The company manufacI ure a variety of farming implements, I 'w which they find markets in all parts I f the globe. THE JLODRINO INDUSTRY 18 an important part of Ann Arbor's I "Janufacturing interests. There are I 'wee milis, all supplied with the best I "Wchinery. The total grinding caI PMity is about 3,000 bushels and 700 I Erréis per day. Ihe largest of the I j?'ils is that of the Ann Arbor Milling I mpany, with a daily capacity of 300 I TrelB. The Swathel, Kyer & PeterI n mili has a capacity of 225 barrels, I "id the Central milis a capacity of beI ;een 150 and 200 barrels. The three I t8tblishmfentB maintain cooper shops I f connection with the milis. In all I nehes of the business about seventyI - men are employed. The product I ï 'ne milis, which amounts to about I W.OOO annually, finds ite way into all ■ the eastern and northern states, and ; some is sent even as far as England. THE FURN'ITURE IJJDCSTRY i at Ann Arbor is large and rapidly growing. It gives employment to nearly 125 men, and the total value of I the property is upwards of 8110,000. The largest factory, by far, is that of the Michigan Furniture Company. This i institution alone employs nearly 100 ! men regularly. It is rap:dly increasing I ita facilities and extending its markets, i Smaller factories are operated by Gruner & Kuebler and J. Rausehenberger. C. St. Clair & Sons manufacture certain kinds of school seats and the Triumph wind mili. Other furniture factories are projected. Closely alHed to the furniture industry are the PLAXIXG MILLS, of which there are four in Ann Arbor. Those of the Luick Bros., Herman Krapf and John Armstrone are planing milis proper, while that of J. M. Hallock is also a saw mili. About thirty men altogether are employed and over S50,000, exclusive of stock, is invested in the various plants. The manufacture of sash, doors and blinds is keeping pace witn the large amount of building done in Ann Arbor. CARRIAGES AND ROAD CARTS in large numbers are made in this city. Four factories of no mean proportions i are maintained. Walker & Co. occupy a large three-story building and employ about twenty men. Wurster & Kim employ about ten and A. R. Schmitlt about five. The most recently established factory is that of A. P. Ferguson. It was removed from Dexter to Ann Arbor in 1887, and its business has increased so rapidly that now it furnishes emoloymentto nearly forty men., Besides these factories a few small carTHE ORGAX WORKS were established many years ago by D. F. Allmendinger. At present they are owned and controlled by the Allmendinger Piano and Organ Company. The estimated valne of the plant, exclusive of stock, is about S12,000, and the annual product is valued at $75,000. Forty-five persons are employed the year round. The present prospecta of this enterprise are very flattering. IROK WORKS. All the factories that have been discussed so far use wood as a raw terial. There is one, of large proportions, which uses iron. We refer tothe foundry and boiler factory of Robert Hunter. About seven men are ordinarily employed, but the number is increased to fifteen during the busy son. All kinds of Co rlifls and vertical au - tomatic engines are made. The value of the plant is 9,000. MISCELLANEOUS. The number of small factories in Ann Arbor is quite large. Many of these are desüned to assume niuch larger proportions. One of the most important enterprises coming under thiü head is the Ann Arbor fruit and vinegar factory. From tweuty-five to thirty persons are employed daring the busy season. The output of dried fruit and vinegar is rapidly growing froia year to year. The wood pulp mili of the Cornwell Manufacturing Company, just abovethe city, is a comparatively recent enterprise, having been established in 1885. The Ann Arbor Brick, Tile and Sewer Pipe Company built a factory, not long ago, on one of the roads leading out of the city. Their business ia rapidly incieasing. The Union Shade Pull Company manufactures all kinds of shade pulls and curtain loops. The number of employés, during certain months, reaches nearly tliirt jt. The Crescent clasp and corset factory is the latest Ann Arbor enterprise. A stock company, with 10,000 paid in capital, lias been organizad, and a building has been rented. Seven or eight men will be employed at the outset. The physical apparatus factory of Eberbach & Son, two flourishing breweries, several cigar factories, a nuinber of cooper shops, the Ann Arbor butter and cheese factory, several raachineshops, one or two pump tactories and the Ann Arbor soap works should also be mentioned in ttiis connection. THE FINAL RESUME. We are able, by means of careful inquiries, to give some idea of the extent of Ann Arbor's manufacturing interest?. The following table will prove interesting, not only to residente of other cities, but also to many old citizens of Ann Arbor : gis INDUSTRIES. g 5 q II J_ Agricultural works 100 i 75,000 Furniture factories 125 110,000 Flouring milis 75 .40,000 Carriage factorlea 90 50,000 Planing milis 30 50,000 Organ factory 45 12,000 IrOH works 15 9,000 Miscellaneous „ 110 80,000 Total „ 5) $526,000 No one, after reading this table, can truthfully say that Ann Arbor does no manufacturing. Subscribe for The Ann Arbor Register, $1.00 a year.

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