Historical Timeline

Courtesy of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, June 24, 2012



1900-1919

10.19.44

May 23, 1917

Gillette Safety Tire Co. produces its first tire.

1919

Rubber Workers Union No. 16454 forms with 285 members.

 



1920-1939

19381925

Experiencing financial trouble, the company reorganizes under new management.

1935

United Rubber Workers of America Local 19 forms.



1940-1959

1940

U.S. Rubber acquires controlling interest of the company. The plant retains the Gillette Tire Co. name.

May19441942

The government buys the plant, converting the facility into an ammunition factory.

Aug. 17, 1942

Eau Claire Ordnance Plant opens. At its peak, it employs 6,200 workers; 61 percent are women.

1943

The factory receives an Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in production.

Dec. 31, 1943

U.S. Rubber repurchases the property for $1,025,000.

1944

Production of synthetic rubber tires resumes.

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1947

The factory size doubles. The plant employs 4,400 workers, churning out 20,000 tires daily.

1951

The company builds a 77,000-square-foot addition.

 



1960-1979

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The facility expands, making the plant the nation’s third largest tire factory.

1967

U.S. Rubber subsidiaries consolidate under the Uniroyal name.
Company employees join a nationwide strike stretching 97 days.



1980-1999

1986

Uniroyal and B.F. Goodrich Co. merge.

April 1990

Michelin Group buys Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co

June 26, 1992

The factory closes, displacing 1,358 workers.

Aug. 1, 1992

Eau Claire developers Bill Cigan and Jack Kaiser buy the property, renaming it Banbury Place.
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