Since I am out of the country for a few weeks I am featuring some writing from Doug Alward, Applications Engineer from Wright Industries. I have prepared these excerpts from the introduction to Doug’s book ahead of time; as you read this I am in El Salvador.
Lessons of Automation -Doug Alward
(continued from last week)
Take Alliance Automation Systems of Rochester, New York as a stereotypical example:
♦ 1947 – Started by principle Karl Fuchs and eight other minority partners as Alliance Tool Corporation
♦ 1954 – Added start-up Alliance Mold, also in Rochester, New York, which was later renamed as Alliance Precision Plastics
♦ 1964 –Alliance Carolina Tool & Mold started in Arden, North Carolina
♦ 1977 – Alliance had grown to 12 divisions in Rochester and the Tool & Mold facility in Arden. Total employment exceeds 1,200 people.
♦ 1979 – Alliance is sold to Gleason Works for approximately $45,000,000.
♦ 1986 – Gleason Works sells or closes all Alliance facilities less Alliance Systems which is sold to Cross & Trecker of Detroit, Michigan. The facility is renamed Alliance Automation Systems.
♦ 1990 – Alliance Automation Systems sold by Cross & Trecker to Ambac Corporation.
♦ 2002 – Alliance Automation Systems sold by Ambac to Meikle Automation of Kitchener, Ontario and renamed Meikle Automation Systems.
♦ 2010 – Meikle Automation Systems closes Rochester facility and files for bankruptcy.
This is the third of a four part series from the introduction of Doug Alward’s book, “Lessons in Automation”.
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