Vulcan At War

George was the only one of the three Warrington brothers to marry; Chester was his only child. In 1933, with James Warrington’s death, Chester inherited a company with which he had had little to do until that time. He attempted to direct it from Washington. The failure of Cord-Auburn-Duesenberg, coupled with a looming war and the demands of production for same, doubtless induced Chet to relocate to Chicago in 1940 and “take the helm” of the Vulcan Iron Works.

Although most people don’t think about it, pile driving equipment has a military application. Moreover, in a time like World War II, vast portions of the civilian production were turned to wartime activity. Vulcan rose to the occasion, not only in its production but in these war bond posters shown. Members of the Warrington family served with distinction both in World War II and the others wars Americans have fought to preserve our freedoms.

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With the war’s end, the promise of one of the posters was fulfilled: the buying power of the country increased. In the meanwhile Chester instituted sweeping reforms in policy and personnel, reinvigourating the organization. As it approached its centennial in 1952, Vulcan was a company on the move, with an extensive dealer network and a product that was already an industry standard.

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