Sixth Street at Mulberry Street

Superior Steel Wool Building

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Superior Steel Wool Building:


In 1921, a local civic group lured the construction of a factory for a relatively new consumer product, steel wool. Enthusiasm was high, based on available new machinery that would greatly increase normal production over that of the half dozen other factories in the country then making the product, and because the operation would be largely locally owned and run. 

Architect Harold H. Munger designed this state-of-the-art 100 x 140-foot building that then consisted of the twin two-storied sections and the one-story part in between.


Sixth Street at Mulberry Street

Walls were largely of glass to help provide interior lighting. Because the product was relatively unknown, it was thought wise at the outset to set up temporary facilities elsewhere for an exclusive demonstration for ladies to show its various uses for kitchen cleaning purposes. (It was also considered a good gimmick to entice more local sale of stock.) 

Unfortunately, by 1929, the factory here was in receivership, and the facility was later adapted and enlarged to accommodate Peters Stamping Company, and since then succeeding metal-oriented businesses.

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