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Property Name Springfield Metallic Casket Company
Reference Number 16000040
State Ohio
County Clark
Town Springfield
Street Address 105 N. Center St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/23/2016
Areas of Significance Industry
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In operation for 90 years, the Springfield Metallic Casket Company was one of Springfield, Ohio's prominent industrial firms. Its associated buildings are nominated under Criterion A for significance in local manufacturing. The Period of Significance is c.l905, when the Power Plant was constructed, to 1962, when the independently owned company was sold to a larger manufacturing conglomerate. The Springfield Metallic Casket Company was established in May 1884, by Dr. A.A. Baker, D.R. Hosterman, and Daniel Hiser. The company's initial assembly shop was in a 40x40 foot room over Banroth's Machine Shop in Walnut Alley, between Main and High streets. The first year of existence was spent creating patterns from which to begin production. First, wooden patterns were made, and then iron patterns were made from those. Grey iron castings were produced from the iron patterns. The sectional cast metal caskets were built based upon Charles Hiser's (son of Daniel) patent.5 Following swift response to its product, the Springfield Metallic Casket Company moved to the larger Tibbetts Building on North Fountain Avenue.

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