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Manufacturers Index - Stark Machine & Tool Co. | West Mfg. Co.

Stark Machine & Tool Co. | West Mfg. Co.
Buffalo, NY, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Metal Working Machinery

Last Modified: Sep 7 2017 9:30AM by Jeff_Joslin
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Stark Machine & Tool Co. was established in 1889 or '90 by a group of former employees of Niagara Stamping & Tool Co. Stark introduced their own line of sheet metal machinery, which did well until the company went under in the financial panic of 1893. Undeterred, a new business was created, West Manufacturing Co., to take over the Stark factory and business.

One of West's specialties was machinery for making containers such as barrels and drums. In 1903 they were approached by a large U.S. chemical manufacturer who wanted a solderless shipping container that was reasonably air-tight and water-tight, although it did not need to be as absolutely tightly sealed as a soldered container. West's superintendent, Daniel H. Stark, developed a new box seam and a machine to form it, the power side seamer. Within a year West was no longer making the machine and Stoll left to form D. H. Stoll Co. to make it and other machines. West Manufacturing Co. seems to have faded away after that.

Information Sources

  • Much of the history here is derived from the information for D. H. Stoll Co.