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The Oliver Corporation plant, circa 1940

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dc.contributor.author Krum, Kermit
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-04T19:14:56Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-04T19:14:56Z
dc.date.issued 1940
dc.identifier.other 2000003957
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.willardlibrary.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/410
dc.description Successor to the Nichols & Shepard Co., the Oliver Corp. was not only Battle Creek’s oldest industry, but was the oldest incorporated manufacturing firm in Michigan. Established in 1848 as Nichols & Shepard, the business sold in 1929 to the newly formed Oliver Farm Equipment, which later became the Oliver Corp. The White Motor Co. acquired the company in October 1960. Samuel W. White, Oliver president, announced the plant’s closure on Feb. 27, 1962, affecting some 850 employees. The Enquirer and News reported the plant was “beset by ‘insurmountable cost problems’” and would close Aug. 1 of that year. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Oliver Corporation's offices and manufacturing plant on East Michigan Avenue in the late 1930s or early 1940s. en_US
dc.subject Manufacturing en_US
dc.subject agricultural equipment en_US
dc.title The Oliver Corporation plant, circa 1940 en_US
dc.type Image en_US

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