After the Centennial Celebration

 

The rest of the 1950’s was an era of prosperity and transition for Vulcan. In 1955 Henry Warrington became President; Chester retired to Palm Beach two years later and died in 1961.

Building the Interstate highway system was a boon to Vulcan, but it, along with the growing size range of the product line, strained the North Bell facility. Combined with the increasing costs of maintaining a manufacturing facility in America’s traditional industrial heartland, Vulcan cast about for a new location to build its product line. After an extensive search process, Vulcan decided to relocate the company to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it built a new production facility and moved the company in 1960.

But location wasn’t the only thing changing at Vulcan; the market for its products was shifting to the construction of offshore oil platforms. The smaller “onshore” product line became a smaller–and less profitable–part of Vulcan’s revenue stream. We end this series on Vulcan’s first one hundred years–and then some–by featuring some newer applications of Vulcan’s classic hammer line.

Hammer in action: below, a video of a Vulcan 08 driving concrete piles in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, in November 1990. The contractor was M.R. Welch.

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