“Two Million Dollar Expansion”

WE of Allis-Chalmers. September 7, 1947. Pgs 2-4

“Two Million Dollar Expansion Begins at Pittsburgh Works”

Site of the new plant will be this lot formerly occupied by an oil refinery works.  Purchased in 1941, the lot was used by A-C for outdoor storage and as a parking lot for employes' cars. In the background is the Ohio River.

Site of the new plant will be this lot formerly occupied by an oil refinery works. Purchased in 1941, the lot was used by A-C for outdoor storage and as a parking lot for employes’ cars. In the background is the Ohio River.

Groundbreaking ceremonies in July for the new Columbus Plant at Pittsburgh Works officially opened a two million dollar expansion program there. The plan, which was announced by A-C President Walter Geist at the Board of Directors meeting in Pittsburgh in June, covers additions to present buildings and new machinery as well as the new plant.

This is expected to increase output by 50 percent and provide employment for several hundred more people. It is the largest improvement made at Pittsburgh Works since Allis-Chalmers bought the Pittsburgh Transformer Company in 1927.

Artists sketch shows the new Columbus Plant which will be built at Pittsburgh Works.

Artists sketch shows the new Columbus Plant which will be built at Pittsburgh Works.

Explaining the expansion program, President Walter Geist told Pittsburgh newspaper: “The utility industry is our big customer. They take the long-range view. They’re ordering equipment now for delivery in 1950….We need the production from an expanded plant. The demand for capital goods is going to be with us for a while.”

Since the groundbreaking ceremony, Pittsburgh employes have been able to watch the daily progress of the two steel frame buildings which are being constructed. Production and warehouse space will be provided in the larger which will have 96,000 square feet of floor area divided in five 50-foot aisles. the aisles will be about 400 feet long and will be serviced by overhead cranes.

J.W. McMullen, Pittsburgh Works General Manager, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony and outlined the expansion plans to A-C employes.

J.W. McMullen, Pittsburgh Works General Manager, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony and outlined the expansion plans to A-C employes.

The second building, an addition to the distribution transformer plant, will have a floor area of 8,000 square feet and will be used principally for shipping.

Further improvements will be made in other Pittsburgh Work plants. The flooring-over of a crane bay in Juniata Plant will increase machine shop facilities as well as make it possible to centralize power transformer coil winding. It will also mean increased production capacity for metering transformers and larger facilities for transformer development work, particularly in the distribution field.

Catherine Z. Donylko, Maintenance Dept., receives a word of encouragement from Mayor David L. Lawrence before she digs a shovelful for the new Columbus Plant. She has been at Pittsburgh Works four years. There ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, including the entire day shift from the plants and offices as well as guests. Pittsburgh Works General Manager McMullen and Executive Vice-President Johnson addressed the gathering.

Catherine Z. Donylko, Maintenance Dept., receives a word of encouragement from Mayor David L. Lawrence before she digs a shovelful for the new Columbus Plant. She has been at Pittsburgh Works four years. There ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 people, including the entire day shift from the plants and offices as well as guests. Pittsburgh Works General Manager McMullen and Executive Vice-President Johnson addressed the gathering.

In Manchester Plant, the power transformer erection shop, one complete aisle will be given over to a specialized production line for network and load center transformers, while increasing power transformer production generally.

The entire expansion program will increase Pittsburgh Works floor area by almost 40 percent. It now totals 308,000 square feet. Completion of the work is schedule for November 15th.

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