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The Rugg Mfg Plant in Greenfield, Massachusetts where magazines for the M1 Carbine were made during WW2 will be torn down soon. The company made shovels and rakes back then as well as now. However, they were sold and relocated around 2013.

These pictures/info are courtesy of OpRod321 over on CMP forums, posted with his permission.







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I passed through Port Clinton late last year. All of the Standard Product buildings are gone now. The only building left at that time was the guard shack and I wouldn't be surprised if that was gone too by now.

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CCNL 249 features an article about Rugg Manufacturing Company. The article includes a page from a South River Modelworks advertisement that shows a really detailed model of the Rugg factory to be used with an HO gauge model railroad. The article states that 500 of these kits were made. I wonder where they are today?

Check out their web site.

https://www.southrivermodelworks.com/page170.html






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I suspect the model is the Lumber division on 66 Newton St. Greenfield Mass. Note the pile of lumber and the dust collection unit.

Rugg opened a Lumber Div. in 1921 "across the street" from the metal stamping plant.
It had a driveway off W. Fairfield St. with a rail line behind it.
Today there is a Tractor Supply on that location.

This would make the building on 105 Newton St. the building in question. Mapquest shows Rugg Place, but suspect it is a private road .

http://www.uscarbinecal30.com/forum/uploads/5600/Rugg.jpg



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It looks like the original metal factory was at 105 Newton St.

I found an article in the Greenfield Recorder that stated, "According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the main structure at 105 Newton St. was built in 1855 and has been home to an arms factory, cutlery or edged tool factory, and military manufacturing facility."

The lumber storage building was "across the street" according to the article.

https://www.recorder.com/Developer-seeks-to-demolish-former-Rugg-Manufacturing-building-47542178

It's at the end of a "Dead End" street. You can barely see it on Google Earth Street View. It looks like this is part the "flat roofed" storage and shipping area addition mentioned in the CCNL 249 article.




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Buffalo Arms
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This was a bit of mystery because we didn’t know where it was then.  This made answering "where are they now?" more difficult.  That story can be followed here.

Buffalo Arms was incorporated 8 November 1940 as a division of U.S. conglomerate Houdaille-Hershey for the purpose of making Royal Air Force machine guns.   Funding to the tune of $5.5 million came from the British Purchasing Commission based in Washington D.C.

 Land was purchased in Cheektowaga, NY, a town along the rail lines just to the east of Buffalo. Plans for the factory were ready by the end of January 1941 and construction began right away.  The steel framed main building was designed with a distinctive saw-toothed roof covered with large interlocking tongue and groove concrete slabs. On April 15 The Buffalo Evening News reported the building was completed and Buffalo Arms would begin taking applications for workers.

Aerial photo of new plant in April 1942 (labels added). 



While construction was proceeding, property and equipment ownership transferred to the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC). This was part of a larger plan where the British transferred their investments in American production to the US owned Reconstruction Finance Corporation (R.F.C.).  DPC would remain the property owner throughout Buffalo Arms's occupancy.

A feature of the factory not visible on the outside was an underground range connected to the basement.   On July 12, 1941 the papers reported on the first production machine gun tested ceremony.

View of test operator at the range (left) and (right) a worker showing before and after machining.  Buffalo Evening News photo page Nov 27 1941.

The plant continued in production, presumably adding carbine barrels and other items, through January 1945.   That Spring some equipment was packed up to be ready for future use, while other machinery was sold and shipped out.

  At the end of 1945 the property itself was sold to American Machine and Foundry. American Machine and Foundry intended to use the plant for producing an bowling pin resetter in 1946.   While they did produce some, supply and other woes delayed getting this new design into full production that year.  However they were able to make use the facility for development of their baking equipment.  By the mid 1950s AMF had a new design for the bowling pin setter that was in full production, presumably at this facility. 

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Marty Black has provided some recent exterior photos in the other thread which I'll add below.
First is probably the administrative office building. Seen looking northward along Kennedy Rd.

Second looking East toward the factory

Credit to Dan Pinto and Marty Black for much of the research.
Hopefully this is just a start on unravelling the history of this plant.
It should be noted that the Buffalo Evening News (6 Jan 1941) credited the factory design to G Morton Wolfe
Amongst Wolfe's many designs he is credited with the Houde Engineering offices in Buffalo, NY.


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Wright Brothers Factory
Dayton Ohio
March 26, 2023
At about 2:30 am Sunday the Dayton Fire Department responded to the iconic factory where the Wright Brothers built airplanes and later occupied by the Inland Division of General Motors, where during the war produced the most M1 carbines during World War II.

 


The building is listed on the National Historic Register and the oldest airplane manufacturing facility in the world. It housed the National Aviation Heritage Area.

Firefighters battled the blaze for more than 14 hours to bring it under control. No injuries were reported.



The future of the building is uncertain.

Pictures by WHIOTV7 staff photographer Thomas Hamlin.

Thanks to our resident retired Inland employee, Ron Dalhamer, for letting us know.

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More on Rugg. I needed a new snow shovel, and low and behold when I went shopping at the home improvement center I saw several models of Rugg snow shovels! They were best quality ones on the rack - still made in USA! I own one now. Note that Rugg moved from Greenfield to Leominster when it was sold in 2013.

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The original Rugg factory on Newton street in Greenfield that I showed in an earlier post in February is gone now. It was demolished to make way for a "storage unit facility".

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These photos are an incredible piece of history.  Thanks for all the work and for posting for the rest of us to enjoy.  As an IBM carbine owner I really enjoyed the photos of the IBM plant, but all the other photos of manufacturing locations were very enjoyable.  This is the type of input that makes being a part of this club fun.  Thanks again!  jsmoth
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Page 1, desk 15 image:She's already stamped the object.  She's simply placing the object onto a ramp so the object will slide down the ramp to the de-burring desk.  Note the pile of objects at the lower end of the ramp.

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Station 15: Stamping letter code on Trigger Housings?

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