U.S. Cartridge Company

Established in 1869
Lowell,

 

  • 1869 Established in
  • patented a metal cartridge
    – Joe  Meigs
  • primarily cartridges, paper-shot-shells, and primers
  • 1875
  • July 1903  explosion killed 22 employees and nearby residents
    – injuring more than 70
  • 1910s constructed  brick factory buildings
    – along Lawrence Street and the Wamesit Canal
  • 1911 National Lead Company purchased an interest
  • 1915 a number of work stoppages because of the American Federation of Labor
  • Sept 1915 largest strike in the firm’s history
  • 1917, U.S. Cartridge, inundated with orders for munitions from the United States
    military and its allies in World War I
  •  His Majesty’s government pay in advance to guaranteed the British ammo supply
  • 1918 National Lead Company bought half the shares
  • 1922 family sold its remaining interest in the company to National Lead
  • 1926 National Lead Company also owned Winchester Repeating Arms Company
  • 1926 cartridge manufacturing machinery was moved to New Haven, CT
  • January 1, 1927 – U.S. Cartridge closed 

U.S. Cartridge Company

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