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  • Title  Wehrle (and Moser) Stove Factory 
    Short Title  Wehrle (and Moser) Stove Factory 
    Source ID  S115 
    The Wehrle stove foundry was established in 1883 by the late Colonel J. C. Wehrle and the late John Moser. Like many other giant enterprises, its early history attracted little notice, the small foundry in East Newark being operated by a handful of men, but when the West Newark site was acquired and the "Wehrle boys" took hold, the business began to expand. The company's entire -product consists of stoves, ranges and fireproof safes, the safe feature of the company having been added in 1904, when the plant of the Atlas Safe Company of Fostoria, Ohio, was purchased and transferred to Newark. The Wehrle company, of which William W.. Wehrle is president and active head, August Wehrle, vice president and general manager, is a close corporation, with more than a million dollars in capital and surplus. The foundry is a model plant. The buildings are nearly all new, and each is equipped with the best labor saving devices and the most improved appliances. The surroundings are cheerful, two parks adjoining the factory site contributing to the beauty of the environment. The foundry is supplied with wash rooms for all employees and with shower baths for the molders.
    Of this mammoth plant the main building, in which four cupolas are operated, is 140 feet wide and 1,000 feet long. Two other cupolas are operated in a smaller building 140 by 650 feet, and the several other large structures are used for assembling, mounting, polishing, and storing the ware. One warehouse, 112 by 475 feet and four stories high, in the fall of 1906 was completely filled with stoves but beginning October first and continuing until February first following from twenty to forty-five loaded cars left the foundry daily, carrying Newark stoves to every section of the country. Now operating new core ovens, enameling ovens, and gas forges, the company has installed a forty-eight-foot span electric traveling crane, to facilitate handling the product in the warehouse. With two miles of private railway siding on the company's ground, fully seventy-five cars can easily be "spotted" for loading Three years ago the Wehrle company took advantage of the natural gas development in this section and leased several thousands of acres of land and proceeded to drill. So far, the company has struck good producing wells, the entire output from which is consumed in operating the electric and steam power plant and in running the several gas engines of one hundred and twenty-five horse power and others of lesser size are in operation continually.
    The company has made stoves at the rate of fourteen hundred a day, but the regular daily average is from eight to nine hundred. The Wehrles make sixty-five styles of stoves, many of them in two or three sizes. The new safe factory now produces thirty-five safes a day, the eighteen different sizes ranging from 300 to 3,300 pounds. Sales agencies have already been established as far west as Denver, east to Portland, south to New Orleans, and north to Duluth. Within a year the Wehrle company, whose product previous to that time was handled almost exclusively by a Chicago house, has established a sales department of its own and now sells direct to jobbers and dealers that part of the output which is not handled through the Chicago concern.
    The Wehrle's company's pay roll runs from $100,000 to $112,000 a month. 
    Linked to  HEIM John A.