Re: Western Electric - Major Works - Status Today?

The Western Electric Co, manfuacturing arm of the Bell System, had

> three large factory complexes ("works") in Chicago (Hawthorne), Kearny > NJ, and Baltimore (Breezy Pt). I get the impression all three are > long closed up, if the buildings even exist? > W/E also built some newer facilities to make computer components for > modern gear, such as in Allentown PA. I take it today Lucent > (successor to W/E) uses those places, though I presume Lucent is far, > far smaller than W/E. I also recall W/E having a modern office > building in Newark NJ (near the train station) in the mid 1980s, and I > wonder if that is in use by Lucent today. > FWIW, in W/E's early days, they made relays for Hollerith's tabulating > machines. Hollerith's outfit became IBM.

Hawthorne, site of the Hawthorne Study of providing feedback to relay winders, closed quite a few years ago.

Kearney was sinking into the bay, and at least one major Kearny building had been closed while others were still sinking. It was sold quite a while ago -- before Lucent was spun off from AT&T I believe.

I live in Columbus, where the building has been sold and split into three parts -- a hospital, a home builder, and a commercial site. But about 1000 Lucent employees still occupy rental space there.

Many other large Works and other plants have been sold.

Art Kamlet ArtKamlet @ Columbus OH K2PZH

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