July 16, 2010

Bolton Emerson Americas: Stokvis Edera

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A quick search on Stokvis Edera & Co., Inc. returned practically no results. I found a patent for one of their milling machines, and a mention in the classifieds section of a Popular Mechanics magazine from April 6, 1957 (a year before I was born, to the day!). But here it is in action. A Stokvis Edera & Co., Inc. Milling Machine.

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It is, cutting a keyway into a shaft for a Bolton Emerson Americas Tornado Pulper. The Pulper is like a giant blender. Stuff goes in, it gets ground up into course, fine, finer or finest fibrous material, depending on the settings and paper being made. Simple really (yeah, sure).

The smaller image on the right is a detail of the controls. Click on it for a larger view.

I said I would provide some context. The company’s owner, Sandra Kruk, provided me with a copy of a book that was written in 1955 by then company president, John G Bolton. The book is called “50 years of Accomplishment.” That means the company was actually founded in 1905, not 1935 as I had thought. I think the building it is operating out of now was built in 1935, as part of their expansion. More details as I get through the book.

From the Prelude of 50 Years of Accomplishment, by John G Bolton:

“Fifty years ago, one individual provided the initiative, vision and energy to start a small manufacturing enterprise which eventually became John W Bolton & Sons, Inc., and its subsidiary, the Emerson Manufacturing Company. He built wisely and well, and then his two sons succeeded to the management and carried out a program of expansion and expansion.

“The enterprise had developed from a small shop in Lawrence, Mass., with a single individual carrying the burden of management, sales and production to a versatile organization employing modern methods of scientific research and production in meeting the needs of a vast industry. Bolton shopmen and foreman have contributed greatly with their loyal and intelligent cooperation. They have great pride in their craftsmanship. “

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  1. Beautiful photography and a fascinating subject: Really big machines that make big machines that turn wood into pulp. And to think somewhere there is a factory with really really big machines that makes the really big machines that makes the big machines that turn wood into pulp! Mind boggling! 🙂


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