Me too, and more importantly, so did my wife.
She's lovingly tolerated a garage full of machines
without really understanding why I like them.
The show did a fine job of illustrating both
the utility and beauty of machine tools. Besides,
she's from Ohio and I got to say, "see, it's
in your genes too".
There were about 4 or 5 noticable errors, but
they didn't seriously detract from the message
of the show.
On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:42:58 -0700, "Joel Corwith"
The quality of media information has gone in the dumper lately, such
things as "soldering" sections of steel together to produce bank
vaults, and 22 caliber shotguns. Don't the producers hire proof
readers smarter than the market grade zucchini nowadays?
The real howler for today was a story on the local news where the
newsreader is saying a single engine plane crashed, while the video
is clearly showing a twin engine plane crash.
If they can't even count to two, how do you expect them to get
anything really technical correct?
We still make castings for Monarch but we don't ship to Sidney, most go to
Cortland, NY. We make some machine tool beds, carriages, tables, etc.
Nothing like we did up to about 10 years ago though.
My wife' uncle is interviewed on the History Channel machine tool program.
His name's Jerry Languth and he is now retired from Makino. He worked for
LeBlond since about the mid-1950's. Now the LeBlond complex has been torn
down (about 10 years ago) and the only thing left is the clock tower and
power plant. The clock tower houses a candy shop, and the power plant
houses a "Don Pablos" restaurant. There's other restaurants and retail
stores there now. I eat lunch in that area about 1-2 times per week.
There's lots of minimum wage jobs in that area but probably not as many as
what LeBlond employed. They were bought by Makino about 1985 or so and they
built a plant up the road in Mason, Ohio
They interview the top man at Cincinnati Milacron Machine Tool Division, I
think it is Kyle Seymour? (can't remember). The machine tool division was
sold to UNOVA in 1999 so I think the show pre-dates that date. Anyway, the
division was renamed "Cincinnati Machine" which is nice since the Cincinnati
name goes back into the machine.
It's an amazing complex of buildings with a rich history. During one
four-week period in 1942, three weeks before Pearl Harbor, "the Mill"
produced more than 1,000 machines. The 1,000th machine came off the line
September 5, 1941. The complex was producing machine tools at a rate of one
every 40 minutes. In 1942 the complex produced 17,511 machines. To acheive
this effort also required the assistance of 27 outside foundries and 150
subcontractors. One of every 12 machine tools produced at that time carried
the Cincinnati name.
...now the rest of the story....
Sad part is they moved the ENTIRE business away from Oakley (suburb of
Cincinnati) in 2003. We saw it coming over the 2002-2003 years.
Manufacturing operations ceased about 1 year ago, gradually one plant after
another closing. The complex had about 7-8 plants depending on how you
count them. The buildings are still there but all the machinery was sold at
auction last November. It took a week to auction everything off. Now there
are only two items left, at this amazing place are "Factory Power" where
steam and compressed air is produced for the complex, Kirk and Blum, a
company that makes industrial ovens and ventilation equipment, and one
remaining part of the Cincinnati Milling Machine complex.
I work at the foundry that was built in 1939-1940 by "Cincinnati Milling
Machine Company" which was later named Cincinnati Milacron, and then
eventually just "Milacron". The foundry was sold in 1988 to private
investors. We are still going (stronger this year) but we are lonely here
at the old complex. It is a sad sight to see every day driving down
Marburg, and Forrer street. But, I am glad to be a part of the last vestige
of manufacturing left of the once-proud machine tool company that carried
the Cincinnati name around the world. Back in the early part of the war,
(and pre-war days) the company worked 24/7 in this complex. The foundry
had over 1000 employees and the entire complex employed perhaps 6,500. We
have about 120 in the foundry, 60 in the fab shop and the rest of the 230
workers are maintenance and admin. We are surviving, and the foundry's
workload has actually increased this year. Now only a small portion of our
output goes into machine tools and an even tinier portion goes into
"Cincinnati". But, if you own any machine built before about 1995 mostly
likely we made the casting for it.
PS- sorry to be so long winded. I have been collecting information about
Cincinnati foundries and I hope to write a book in the future.
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