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Greenville in Mercer County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Greenville Plant

— 1911-1983 —

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2021
1. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Marker
Inscription.  
This plaque is in honor of the Greenville employees.

In 1910, Horace E. Horton, owner of C B & I Company, riding on an Erie railroad train, took notice of some vacant land on the east side of the tracks, opposite the Bessemer Railroad Shops. He made some inquiries and found the railroad facilities in Greenville provided ideal access to Eastern markets.

Mr. Horton purchased the land and plant construction began the same year. By January 1, 1911, the plant was in operation, eventually fabricating components for elevated tanks, oil tanks, spheres, spheroids, filter plants, barges and nuclear reactors that have been erected around the world.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1911.
 
Location. 41° 24.453′ N, 80° 22.904′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 358) and Union Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the
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Greenville Railroad Park & Museum grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 Main Street, Greenville PA 16125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Semaphore Signal (a few steps from this marker); Mile Post (a few steps from this marker); Phone Box (a few steps from this marker); Whistle Post (a few steps from this marker); Dwarf Signal Light (a few steps from this marker); Steam Engine #304/604 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheeling & Lake Erie Caboose #0205 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bessemer Ore Jenny #20567 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
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1. Chicago Bridge & Iron History.
While initially involved in bridge design and construction, we turned our focus to bulk liquid storage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, coinciding with the western expansion of railroads across the United States and the discovery of oil in the U.S. Southwest. CB&I quickly became known for our excellent design engineering and field construction of elevated water storage tanks, aboveground tanks for storage of petroleum and refined products, refinery process vessels and other steel plate structures.
(Submitted on February 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2021
2. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company Marker
(looking north from Main Street)
 

2. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
CB&I was founded in 1889 by Horace E. Horton in Chicago, Illinois, USA. According to one of the founder's heirs, "The old joke is that Chicago Bridge & Iron isn't in Chicago, doesn't build bridges and doesn't use iron."

During World War II, CB&I was selected to build Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs), which carried troops and supplies to American and Allied troops fighting in Europe and the Pacific theater. CB&I was chosen because of their reputation and skills, particularly welding. Since the coastal shipyards were busy building large vessels for the war effort, such as aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, there was no alternative but to use the inland waterways and shipyards for the production of smaller ships.

(Submitted on February 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company website.
CB&I is the world's leading designer and builder of storage facilities, tanks and terminals. With more than 59,000 structures completed throughout our 130-year history, we have the global expertise and strategically-located operations to provide customers world-class storage solutions for even the most complex energy infrastructure projects.
(Submitted on February 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 657 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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