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Manufacturers Index - Evansville Arbor Press Co.

Evansville Arbor Press Co.
Evansville, IN, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Metal Working Machinery

Last Modified: Oct 5 2019 8:26AM by Jeff_Joslin
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Gardner T. Eames had already founded what had become Atlas Press Co. and then lost control of that business. In or a bit before 1919, he established a new business, Kalamazoo Arbor Press Co. He soon relocated the business to Evansville, Indiana, and incorporated it as the Evansville Arbor Press Co. For at least two decades Eames had been manufacturing a drill grinder and it seems that he retained the rights to that product when he left Atlas Press, as it was then manufactured by Evansville Arbor Press. By 1921 Evansville Arbor Press had been granted a couple of patents on "mandrel presses" was advertising that they made a full line of presses, where the smaller presses were of the traditional goose-neck type and the larger presses were a three-rod type.

Based on ads and articles in trade magazines, the company survived into 1923 but all trace of the company disappears after that year.

Information Sources

  • A search failed to turn up any mentions of Kalamazoo Arbor Press Co. except for mentions that the company of that name had become the Evansville Arbor Press Co.
  • 1919-10-23 The Iron Trade Review. "Evansville, Ind.—The Evansville Arbor Press Co. recently was incorporated with $50,000 capital to manufacture machinery and machine tools, by W. H. McCurdy, Joseph B. Graham, G. T. Eames, John O. Davis and William P. Rus."
  • 1919-11-06 The Iron Trade Review.
    Business Changes Recently Announced—WHEN G. T. Eames decided to remove his business to Evansville, Ind., from Kalamazoo, Mich., he changed his company's name from the Kalamazoo Arbor Press Co. to the Evansville Arbor Press Co. It manufactures quadruple compound mandrel presses as well as twist drill grinders. At Evansville a stock company was formed with $50,000 capital; Mr. Eames is president; William P. Rus, vice president, and J. J. Reinhard, secretary and treasurer. A factory, 68 x 150 feet, has been established at 112 Pine street and considerable new equipment has been installed to supplement the machinery brought from Kalamazoo. Others interested in the company are: W. H. McCurdy of the Hercules Co., J. B. Graham of the Graham Glass Co., and John O. Davis, president of the Old State National Bank.
  • 1920-12-01 The Commercial Vehicle.

    Evansville Arbor Press

    A COMBINATION of four or five sizes is embodied in one in the Evansville arbor press, sold by the Fairbanks Co. This press has a heavily ribbed square base to sustain sufficient strain when pressure is applied.

    An auxiliary table combined with a rotary face plate, brings the work nearer the ram, a convenience for small or short work. A five-tooth ratchet, operating on a forty-eight tooth ratchet wheel, insures strength and short strokes when necessary.

    An auxiliary handle operates the second ratchet, thereby assuring a rapid movement of the ram. The compound feature is operated by means of the long powerful handle which moves the ram 1/16 in. at every stroke, giving about 30 tons pressure.

    An added feature is the second pawl which engages the lower side of the ratchet and holds all the power that has been gained after the stroke is completed. Model X-l, which has a 20-ton pressure, sells for $295, and X-2, with a 30-ton pressure, for $365.

  • June 1921 Belting, Transmission, Tools & Supplies has a full-page illustrated article, "The Evansville Arbor Press Co., Evansville, Ind., has recently completed its line of arbor presses and is now offering to the trade a complete line... The large presses are of the 3-rod type... and the smaller sizes are of the goose-neck design..."
  • American Machine and Tool Record, Vol. 22, No. 2, Aug. 1922. Pg. 20.