Naugatuck Rubber Factories Complex, Bounded by Cedar, Water, Church, Elm Streets & Amt, Naugatuck, New Haven County, CT
Elm Streets & Amt, Naugatuck, CT
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER CT-21
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-7).
Building/structure dates: 1800 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1979
Significance: The Naugatuck Footwear Plant was the largest employer and most important economic institution in Naugatuck for one hundred years, beginning in 1880. The plant was also important in the development of the nation's rubber industry: its original owners were the first license-holders to Charles Goodyear's vulcanizing patent; the plant was an original part of United States Rubber Company; and in the first three decades of the 20th century the plant saw the introduction of new manufacturing and management techniques for the rubber industry. In recent years the plant has continued to symbolize the industrial history of the area, an unfortunate episode of plant closings and employment losses. The buildings also represent typical practice in factory construction for the period from the mid-19th century to World War I.
War (World War I)
Goodyear , Charle
Goodyear India Rubber Glove Company
U.S. Rubber Company
Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Company
UniRoyal Corporation, Naugatuck Footwear Division
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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