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R. K. LeBlond Machine Tool Company, Madison & Edwards Road, 2980 Madison Road, Norwood, Hamilton County, OH



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Item Title


Location
2980 Madison Road, Norwood, OH

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER OH-71
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1939 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1942 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1957 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1990 demolished
Significance: The Madison and Edwards Road plant of The R.K. Le Blond Machine Tool Company (in service 1918-1989) is an example of the early 20th century "factory beautiful" movement in American industry. At this location a prominent Cincinnati area manufacturer of machine tools established itself as the industry's foremost producer of lathes, and through mid-century dominated the world market for specialized lathes for the machining of engine crankshafts and for gun boring. The impact of this manufacturing plant on 20th century culture has been significant both during peacetime (when virtually all moving vehicles from American Hupmobiles to Soviet tractors were powered by engines with crankshafts made on Le Blond lathes) and during wartime when opponents in two world wars fired upon each other using ordinance of every size that had been bored and rifled on Le Blond equipment). Locally, the plant had significance as a major industrial employer during an era that spanned the Great Depression.

Subjects
Industrial Facilities
Machine Shops
Factories


Related Names
Zettel And Rapp, Architects
Madison & Edwards Limited Partnership
Ack Mor Properties, Inc
Le Blond, Richard Knight
Franklin Type Foundry
Brown And Sharpe Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
VIEW NORTHWEST, EAST SIDE OF PLANT.
VIEW SOUTHWEST, EAST SIDE OF PLANT AND ACETYLENE GENERATOR BUILDING.
VIEW EAST, POWERHOUSE, CHIMNEY, COAL TIPPLE.
VIEW SOUTHWEST, SHOTBLAST WING.
VIEW SOUTH, RAILROAD SIDING, NORTHWEST CORNER OF PLANT.
VIEW SOUTH, RAILROAD SIDING, WEST SIDE OF PLANT.
VIEW SOUTHEAST, RAILROAD SIDING, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF PLANT.


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