Cel­e­brat­ing 150 years: When Goodyear first came to Cedar­town

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An­other ar­ti­cle drudged up from the ar­chives re­minds ev­ery­one of the good news that seems to come ev­ery now and again about busi­ness ex­pan­sion. Just like in the past few years of in­dus­trial ex­pan­sion lo­cally in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, Cedar­town once ex­pe­ri­enced growth with a for­mer part­ner that now ex­ists mainly in name-only in Polk County. Thanks again to Gre­gory Gray for his help in find­ing this note from a 1926 edi­tion of the Standard on the com­pany’s an­nounce­ment.


Se­cured for Cedar­town by Splen­did Work of Hon. Chas. Adam­son

Cedar­town is to have an­other big in­dus­try, and there could be no more wel­come news than this to Cedar­town peo­ple.

And again we are in­debted to Hon. Chas. Adam­son, whose in­de­fati­ga­ble work for Cedar­town has meant so much to us, for an­other new en­ter­prise.

Fol­low­ing his splen­did work in se­cur­ing the lo­ca­tion here of the South­ern branch of the great United States Fin­ish­ing Co., the an­nounce­ment of his lat­est achieve­ment makes Cedar­town over­whelm­ingly his debtor.

For some months Mr. Adam­son has been at work with the Goodyear Rub­ber Co., of Akron, O., for the establishment of a South­ern branch here for their tex­tile de­part­ment.

Among the vis­i­tors here in con­nec­tion with this great in­dus­try, who have been reg­is­tered at the Way­side Inn from time to time, have been the Vice Pres­i­dent, Mr. Litch­field, and Messrs. S.A. Steere and C.Slosser of Akron, Mr. Stone and Mr. Barn­well of New York.

These gen­tle­men rep­re­sent one of the world’s great­est in­dus­tries, and that Cedar­town is to have its first South­ern branch is a matter for real re­joic­ing.

In se­cur­ing this plant for Cedar­town, Mr. Adam­son sells to the Goodyear com­pany Mill No.2 of the Cedar­town Cot­ton & Ex­port Co., and the build­ing will be en­larged at once and 20,000 spin­dles added. Ma­chin­ery for twist­ing and weav­ing will also be added, and the Goodyears will con­duct the en­tire process in this big plant for turn­ing cot­ton into fab­ric for their im­mense tire and tube fac­tory in Akron.

The plant will em­ploy 500 peo­ple, and will run day and night.

Two hun­dred new houses will be built at once, most of them just across Big Cedar creek from the plant.

Mr. Adam­son has given heav­ily in or­der to se­cure this great en­ter­prise; and the United States Fin­ish­ing Co., from which a part of land re­quired is bought, set a good ex­am­ple to our peo­ple by giv­ing $5,000. This left only $14,000 to raise by pri­vate sub­scrip­tion, and most of this is now in hand. It must all be raised this week, and if you have not “done your bit” call at once at the Com­mer­cial Bank and make your sub­scrip­tion with a happy smile.

The lo­ca­tion of the South­ern branch of this mam­moth in­dus­try in Cedar­town means great things not only to our city but to all the sur­round­ing coun­try.

When two in­dus­tries with world­wide rep­u­ta­tions like the United States Fin­ish­ing Co., and the Goodyear Rub­ber Co., rec­og­nize Cedar­town’s de­sir­abil­ity as a lo­ca­tion for their South­ern branches, it means that Cedar­town’s fu­ture as a man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­ter is as­sured.

That we owe all this to Mr. Adam­son’s fore­sight, en­ter­prise and lib­er­al­ity is a debt that we take plea­sure in ac­knowl­edg­ing in be­half of Cedar­town and this en­tire sec­tion.

The com­ing of an­other great in­dus­try to Cedar­town starts off the year 1926 in a most sat­is­fac­tory man­ner. It means an ad­di­tion of at least 2,000 peo­ple to our pop­u­la­tion, more busi­nesses for our mer­chants and pro­fes­sional men, more work for our me­chan­ics, and a bet­ter mar­ket for all the coun­try around us.

Cedar­town gives a cor­dial wel­come to the Goodyear peo­ple, and prom­ises this great en­ter­prise the most hearty co­op­er­a­tion in build­ing up a pre­dictable in­dus­try here.

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