Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Wyckoff Drawn Steel Co. in Chicago, IL

(Satellite, "historic address" from wastelands, they experimented with machining uranium rods in 1943)

Anne Fischer commented on a MWRD post
This is the steel company my dad worked for. I grew up in Brighton Park neighborhood. I thought you might find this interesting.

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Wyckoff Drawn Steel Company (Chicago, IL & Ambridge, PA)

Wycoff Cold Finished Steels. Wycoff Drawn Steel Company. First National Bank Building, Pittsburgh. 3200 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago. [1940], p. 2.


"Wyckoff began operations in 1920 at Ambridge, Pa., and in two short years found it necessary to double the original manufacturing facilities. Now, twenty years later, this plant comprises more than 10 acres of modern buildings and railroad sidings. Served by the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad--via the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Division." -- p. 4.


Page size: 95 x 178 mm.

I don't know if this was in the Chicago or Ambridge, PA, plant or both. Normally wires are drawn. It looks like this company pulled plates of steel.
Digitally Zoomed

"Cold finished steel bars (CFSB) are a special steel product made by drawing, turning, grinding and/or  polishing hot-rolled, special quality steel bars to give them increased strength, improved machinability, straightness, a smooth finish and dimensional accuracy. They are used as a raw material for the production of a wide variety of shafts, bushings, pinions, gears, pins, fasteners and a variety of screw machine products used in farm and industrial machinery, automobiles, trucks, and industrial equipment." [THE COLD FINISHED STEEL BAR INSTITUTE]

The company started in 1919 in Ambridge, PA. [newspapers]

I added a red rectangle to highlight where I think the plant was. It is interesting that it was served by the Chicago & Illinois Western Railroad.
1929 Englewood Quadrangle @ 1:24,000

The land around it changed because they filled in the West Fork of the South Branch, but the building remained.
1953 Englewood Quadrangle @ 1:24,000

The 1953 cartographer had missed the additions they added by 1938. In addition to the two north/south buildings we see in Anne's photo, there appear to be some more additions.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

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