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American Brass Company, Kenosha Works, Hot Roll Mill, Kenosha, Kenosha County, WI



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Location
Hot Roll Mill, Kenosha, WI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WI-77-A
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Significance: Originally installed by the American Brass Company in 1917-18, this hand-operated rolling mill was placed on line in 1918. Workers manipulated hot billets through the rolling mill, producing copper and non-ferrous alloys for the electrical industry. This production activity was housed in a building, called the No. 31 Hot Roll Mill, in the Kenosha Works of the American Brass Company. The mill operated for about seventy years, closing in 1988.

Subjects
Mills


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
2. INTERIOR VIEW OF MILL, SHOWING THE TWO-HIGH HAND-OPERATED MILLS (ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE), PRIOR TO THEIR OPERATION; THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN FROM THE OVERHEAD CRANE
3. SIMILAR VIEW AS WI-77-A-2; NOTE THE DUCT TAPE WORK THAT EXTENDS FROM EACH ROLLING MILL INTO A CENTRAL DUCT; THE WORKERS AT THE FAR END ARE ADJUSTING THE ROLLS PRIOR TO THE OPERATION OF THE MILLS
4. SIMILAR VIEW AS WI-77-A-2; NOTE THE DUCT TAPE WORK THAT EXTENDS FROM EACH ROLLING MILL INTO A CENTRAL DUCT; THE WORKER IN THE CENTER IS ADJUSTING THE ROLLS PRIOR TO THE OPERATION OF THE MILLS
5. VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SHOP FLOOR, SHOWING MILL IN OPERATION; EIGHT MEN WORKED THE NO. 31 MILL DURING THE EIGHT-HOUR SHIFT
6. VIEW OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION
7. VIEW OF GAS-FIRED SOAKING FURNACE; THIS FURNACE HOLDS ABOUT THIRTY BILLETS EACH HEATED TO ABOUT 800 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT
8. DETAIL OF NO. 1 MILL; THIS IS THE FIRST STAND OF ROLLS THROUGH WHICH THE BILLETS PASS
9. DETAIL OF SOAKING FURNACE SHOWING THE PISTON THAT CONTROLS THE FURNACE DOOR.
10. VIEW OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION
11. VIEW OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION; THE WORKERS IN THE DISTANCE ARE RECEIVING A BAR FROM THE FIRST STAND OF ROLLS AND ARE ABOUT TO PLACE IT INTO THE SECOND STAND OF ROLLS
12. VIEW OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION; NOTE THE BAR BEING ROLLED IN THE THIRD STAND OF ROLLS AND IT IS MOVING IN THE DIRECTION NEAREST THE CAMER
13. VIEW OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION
14. DETAIL OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION; THE WORKING IN THE FOREGROUND IS GUIDING THE BAR OUT OF THE THIRD STAND OF RLLS
15. VIEW FROM THE SOUTHEAST SECTION OF THE SHOP FLOOR OF NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION; THE WORKING IN THE FOREGROUND IS GUIDING THE BAR OUT OF THE THIRD STAND OF ROLLS
16. VIEW NO. 31 MILL DURING ITS OPERATION; THE WORKER IN THE FOREGROUND IS OVERSEEING THE FINAL PASS THROUGH THE FIFTH STAND OF ROLLS
17. VIEW OF THE FINAL STEP AT THE NO. 31 MILL; THE BRASS BARS ARE WOUND ONTO SPOOLS; THE AVERAGE OUTPUT PER HOUSE SHIFT WAS 200 TO 250 BARS. MOST OF THIS MATERIAL IS USED IN THE ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY FOR FUSES, BUS FARES, ELECTRICAL RELAYS, AND OTHER SUCH PRODUCTS.


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