July 21, 2010

Bolton Emerson Americas: All’s Weld that ends Weld


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Sorry about the bad pun. I’m preparing this post pretty late on a Tuesday night.

This is Bolton Emerson America’s welding area.  I haven’t seen it in action, but I do know there is a lot of welding that goes into the assembly of the pulping machines.

Thought I’d bring you another excerpt from the book, “50 years of Accomplishment,” published in 1955:

World War II had brought a multiplication of problems to the Bolton Company, especially problems of production. The demand for paper all but overwhelmed the mills. Never before had the United States fought two major wars at once – one in Europe and on the Atlantic; and one in the Pacific and in the islands over which American forces fought their way to Japan. The business of running a war consumed paper in a volume that taxed the productive capacity of the industry. Pulp refining machinery was subjected to a war of wear and abuse such as suppliers of such equipment had never known before. Unprecedented shortages of materials, transportation delays, labor scarcities, all complicated by priorities and controls, hampered production and snarled the most carefully laid plans.

Clearly, Bolton Emerson Americas rose to the challenges of the war years and thrived as a company.

Here is a bonus image, a shot of the welder’s bench.

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