Terre Haute Tribune, October 22, 1915, page 16


Foreign Orders Not Numerous, But Domestic Demands Show Slight Increase.

While war order are making business prosper throughout the greater part of the country and are occupying most of the time of big manufacturing concerns, Terre Haute’s business is keeping a stable footing and pointing toward better times this winter with but a few of these foreign orders.

The Johnson Bros. Motor company, manufacturers of aeroplane motors and motors of practically all kinds, is looking forward to the landing of a foreign order for 15,000 motors which would mean an expenditure of about $2,000,000 by the purchaser.

“We are not confidently expecting to land the order,” said Julius Johnson Friday, “but in the event we do it will mean we will have to enlarge the plant and take on some extra help. In the event we do not land the order, our business this winter will not be heavy but will pick up in the spring with domestic business.”

Watch Option Election.

The North Baltimore glass factory is awaiting with interest the outcome of the state election on the liquor question in Ohio, which will be held Nov. 2, the result of which will determine to a great extent, the amount of work the factory will have during the winter.

“We hope to get started about Nov. 10,” said President A.P. Pfau Friday. “We do not expect to start with a full force of men but will work up to that and will need the full force in the event the election in Ohio is won by the ‘wets’ for we have a large number of contracts that are dependent upon the outcome of the election. At present we are doing some shipping and we look for fairly good business this winter. The prospects in Ohio at present are favorable.”

The carriage and wheel industry is keeping up fairly well at the Standard whel works, it was announced at the office, and the automobile and motor truck spoke business is exceptionally good. The firm has no foreign business, however, except as it may come indirectly by American manufacturers of automobiles who buy their wheels and spokes at the local plant, sending their output to foreign countries.

Steel Business Steady.

“At present we are employing about 75 per cent of the full force of men,” said William M. Myers, secretary of the Highland Iron and Steel Company, “and we are looking for business to pick up a little this winter. We have no foreign business and the steel firms about which we read that are doing full capacity business are handling foreign orders, and those orders almost exclusively.”

The enameling and stamping works is keeping busy with domestic orders and is looking forward to a pretty busy winter, according to President Wilbur Topping.

“We have a large force at work at the plant, although not full capacity, and we expect better business during the winter months. We have a certain amount of foreign business but not enough to go ‘crazy’ about. Up to the present we have noticed no shortage in railroad cars and the chances are we can get all the cars we need.”