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Berger Manufacturing Company letterhead

Location:

  • Works and General Offices, Canton, Ohio.
    Branch offices in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, San Francisco, Chicago, Cincinnati.
  • The Berger Mfg. Co. of Mass.:
    160-166 Broadway Extension, So. Boston, Mass.

Timeline:

  • 1886 - Founded by John and Wilson Berger of Canton, Ohio
  • 1888 - Incorporated as "Berger Manufacturing Company"
  • 1900 - Moved to present Belden Avenue address in Canton (5 moves in 10 years)
  • 1906 - Alloy steel production starts
  • 1921 - Merges with United Furnace Company and United Alloy Steel
  • 1930 - Republic Steel Corporation founded, Berger and Central Alloy as divisions
  • 1936 - Sales and administration offices combined at Republic Building in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1937 - Berger Division Plant No.2 in Louisville, Ohio startup
  • 1940 - Present 3-story brick HQ built at 1038 Belden Avenue in Canton
  • 1941 - Shift to wartime production: ammunition boxes, steel ship furniture, shelving etc.
    Plant No. 2 makes bomb bay doors and wing flaps
  • 1946 - Postwar production: shelving, lockers, storage cabinets, desks, bookcases and steel kitchen cabinets
  • 1962 - Republic consolidates Berger and three other divisions forming the Manufacturing Division of Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1973 - Administrative re-org returns "Berger" to Canton as the Industrial Products Division of Republic Steel
  • 1983 - Name change: Industrial Products Division becomes Republic Storage Systems
  • 1984 - LTV (Dallas) buys Republic Steel and forms LTV Steel
  • 1986 - LTV sells manufacturing divisions; Republic Storage Systems purchaed by employees
  • Currently operating

History:

  • See this Republic Storage Systems history page. Primarily a metals company; presumably they jobbed out the glasswork.

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