Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
at the Corner of Norris & Forest
Manufacturing here spanned most of the 20th Century,
reflecting the changing economy in Ypsilanti and in America. In 1907 the Ypsilanti Hay Press Company first built a factory here by the Huron River and the railroad tracks to make hay-presses and tractors. Between 1919 and 1964 the site grew to be Central Specialties Company's 28-acre metal foundry complex, producing items like piston-rings and Sears power tools. After the site's 19 buildings were sold to Motor Wheel Corporation in 1964, automotive brake drums and rotors were produced here until closing in 1997. Today's Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery occupies a Central Specialty / Motor Wheel office building.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service; Huron River Watershed Council; Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 42° 15.007′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan Central Freighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ypsilanti Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Last Hudson Dealership (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oliver House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Real McCoy (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan Central Railroad Gardens (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); The Thompson Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 20, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.