1947 - China Manufacturing Plant To Alva
January, 1947 - Agreement Made on Plant Here (Alva) Also in January 20, 1947 there was an agreement made on a plant proposal. It was a tenative agreement, reached the saturday, Jan. 18, 1947, in the afternoon by S. R. Taylor, Cambridge, Mass. and a committee of the Chamber of Commerce to bring a china dinnerware manufacturing plant to Alva.
Taylor was to tae the agreement, including blueprints of two proposed sites for the plant to Cambridge where it will be submitted to his attorneys and to ceramic engineers for approval.
If and when the project is approved, those interested in Alva will be given time to raise the money and start erecting a building to house the plant, which is part of the agreement.
Taylor has offered to invest$75,000 of his own money, with residents of Alva to invest a like amount, and furnish a suitable building and a site. The proposed building will have 50,000 square feet space.
Citizens of Alva will be asked to match $75,000 of Taylor's money. Taylor heads the Sheifield China Company.
Lee Woodward, Bill Hackett and Harry Coffman, Alva businessmen who visited a manufacturing plant in Salem, Ohio told the group what it looked like and how it operated.
In response to the question "why locate in Alva," Taylor said that all industry is decentralizing as much as possibly; that more dependable help should be available in this area; there would be less probability of union problems; and it would be closer to new markets he wants to secure.
Cheaper fuel rates were also listed as an inducement, although Taylor pointed out he just, "happened to be directed here." and that any place in the area would have the same possibility. -- Alva Review Courier, January 20, 1947
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