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The Daily Globe, Industrial Edition – April 2, 1906
A Booming Industry That Promises Great Things -
Will Employ 125 Men By The Middle of This Month and Promises Still Greater Things.
"The Shelby Foundry Company is a hustling young infant. It has developed by leaps nd bounds and is brim full of lusty life and vigor. There isn't a fraction of the people of this town who realize what this concern ios doing and how they have grown. Being located so far away from the business district, there is not a great many people who visit them, but those that do are astonished to find them employing such a large number of people. It is certainly a gratification to know that this concern is so prosperous, as their prosperity means so much to Shelby, because of the large pay roll and it's resultant effects upon the business life of the community."

Shelby Daily Globe Photos
"The Shelby Foundry Co., is a corporation organized two years ago with a capital of $10,000. Originally the company consisted of six molders from Cleveland, but about two years ago Mr. Greer bought them out and reorganized the plant on its present basis. The officers of the company are Robert Greer, president; Philip Rosskopf, vice president; and Wm. Wise, secretary. Mr. Greer is the large stockholder in the factory and to his genius and efforts is due largely the great strides which the company has made in its onward march of progress."
"The product of the company consists of light and heavy grey castings, and the extent of their business operations extends in all directions from this city. They get business from all the surrounding country, and so crowded are they with orders that they have been compelled to decline further business on account of the great rush they have had from their regular line of customers."
"At the present time they are employing over 70 people and have under construction a very large addition to their works which will double their capacity. When the new addition is competedthey will have a foundry floor 170 X 60, besides core room, cleaning room, pattern house, and a main building three stories high. They will also add two monster stell cranes which will be located in the new addition.."
Their pay roll now is $3500 per month, and when the extra force is put on which they will do this month, them amount disbursed for labor will amount to almost $7000 monthly, giving employment to almost 150 men. And be it remembered that these men are nearly all skilled mechanics drawing good money. When it is considered that two years ago when Mr. Greer took charge of the place, there was nothing at the shop in the way of business, it will be clearly seen that he has accomplished wonders, and produced a grade of work which had to be satisfactory in order to get the immense business which he has secured during this period of time."
"During the past year the company has added a number of new additions, among them being two new core ovens, and with the new $4000 addition to the plant now in course of construction, they will be admirably fitted to handle an immense business."
The Shelby Foundry photo c. 1906
" During the winter they have been shipping on an average of nine tons of product daily, and this output will be doubled before the month is out. As showing the confidence in which this concern is held by its patrons it is only necessary to state that one of their customers stands ready to give them sufficient business to take the entire capacity of their addition."
" The management have gone on the principle to send out nothing that is not first class. To see that every piece of product is perfect, and to use none but the best materials in the work. This has given them a reputation which has brought many thousands of dollars worth of business to their doors unsolicited ."
" We are frank to say that so far as we could see there is a great future for this business - a future that will make them one of the big institutions in this section and will eventually pay out more money to labor than any other place in town. This may be putting the case a little strong, but everything indicates it, if past growth counts for anything. Their propects are most glowing - they have all the business they can possibly handle - their goods are first class, and with all these elements in their favorthey are sure to go ahead by leaps and bounds. The Globe congratulates Mr. Greer and his associates on the splendid showing which they have made, and the great good which they have done and are doing to Shelby."

The following are excerpts from an article appearing in July 17, 1918 issue of the Daily Globe:
Planted burned To The Ground Last Night During Electric Storm.
Factory Insured For $16,500 . Undecided as to Whether Company will Rebuild.

photo - July 18, 1918
photo - July 18, 1918
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