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  • HCDL-I001-01-Chem-Trend_m.pdf

    This book is the story of Chem-Trend, Inc., and its founder Peer Lorentzen, 1960 - 1985.
    Persons/Places listed: Bob Kauserud, Paul Soderberg, Bruce Products, Clover Chemicals, Cliff Heller, Whitney Kimble, Stubnitz Greene, Violet Stock, Ken Nash, Walt Zacharski, Harry Lawson, Don Durben, Mike Neu, Tom Smith, Pat Miller, Bob Martyn, Ulrich Westh, Hugo Schuhle & Company, Hanano Commercial Company, Ltd., Bill Bushell, Theirry de la Cotardiere, Erik Kanter, Guy Busch
    Administration:  Roy Brumbill, Karen Osborne, Dick Damon, Noel Hansen, Bob Line, Mike Boss, Sally Carter, Leah Mowery, Kathy Whalen, LuAnn Carter, Dawn Ryder, Peer Lorentzen, Dave McWilliams, Tim Bennett, Terry Brown, Bob Ramsey, Carolyn Benivegna, Retalou McLeod, Ann Farmer, Pat Cassady, Marlene Davidson, Steve Flower, Bruce Burba, Lyle Keown, Debbie Golden
    Die Cast Division: Bob Kauserud, Dan Hays, Don Durben, Ken Nash, Paul Hibner, Kris Kauserud, Mark Brown, Margaret Bigham, Mike Quinn, Jim Costello, Harry Lawson, Larry Richardson, RIch Kalosky, Dwight Buyce, Dave Barczak, Judy Grasson
    Plastics & Rubber Division:  Bob Kauserud, Guy Busch, Marlene Root, Joe Cahan, Him Listerman, Kathy Soubliere, Paul Gavin, Bill Purosky, Martin Dunne, Denny Pearsall, Jim Spencer, Bob Hale, Pete Olson, Devin McCarthy
    Metalworking Fluids Division: Bob Kauserud, Peter Hayes, Dan Karagozian, Gary Rodak, Julie Grotenhuis, Bill Harrigan, Estelle Smullen, Mike Brown, Jim Morin, Gary Davey, Jim Brown
    Laboratory:  Bob Kowalski, Wendell Ferry, Alan Pfau, don Buell, Rodney Lawrence, Dave Bell, Ken Rennells, Joe Lualhati,Julie Grotenhuis, Brian Maher, Marlene Webb, Dave Pallister, Dana Richter, Sophia Eppensteiner, Sue Griffin, Mike Luckett, Clarke Borgeson, Elaine Braun, Dave Cox, Mike Danik, Debbie Cook, Lauri Curtis, Mike Eldridge, Dagny Kauserud, Milt Johnson, Andy Krey, Bob Powers, Tom Wiese, Nick Mathews, Maureen Bergin, David Roth April Joy Ping, Mark Mayo
    Orders Department & Materials Handling: Steve Hough, Bob Bennett, Francis Gardner, Lois Macklin, Donna Cory, Mike Chaperon, Gary Smith, Bob Martyn, Pat Miller, Claudia Switzer, Paul Singer, Shelly Irish, Tim Lopez
    Building Services: Tracy Clark, Bill Polley, Jim Costello, Mike Neu, Ed McCarthy, Jim Moran, Debbie Keehn, Mary Maga, Betty Kottong, Dave Reneaud, John Bessert, Jack Smith Jr., Mike Cieslak, Sheryl Smith, Eleanor Chaperon, Vince Benivegna, Brian Whalen, Tim Barber, Scott Bennett, Lisa Cory, David Hayes, Tom Murray, Dean Moen, Mike Ward
    Production: Tom Black, Joe St. Martin, Leo Lizotte, Carl Lako, Daryl Wise, Rich Machniak, Pat Miller Jr., Dick Bauer, David Witt, Jack Smith, Tim Smith, Ed Wright, Dave Shipley, Bill Hathaway, Joe Bennett Jr., Brian Bauer, Brian Lizotte
  • HCDL-ngp-P006-01-0017_u.jpg

    This is an aerial photograph of Thompson Lake, Howell, Michigan,  1964.  The view is looking northeast with the intersection of North Street and National Street in the foreground.   The old Livingston County Road Commission building in the  lower left corner. 

    Also visible in the photograph are the Ann Arbor Railroad Tracks.  National Street intersects with Sutton Street, which goes east to Catrell Street.  This area is home to several industries.
  • HCDL-ngp-M003-01-0028_u.jpg

    Wickman Wire Works was established about May 1909 in Howell, Michigan.  The manufactuer occupied a building that was formerly the Methodist Church; the 1855 building was moved to a site on 200 block of West Grand River Avenue to make way for the next building about 1890. 

    That building on Grand River Avenue was used for a multitude of community purposes including a gymnasium and a manufacturing place.  It was last occupied by Wickman Wire Works.  (See item 10143, "200 Block of West Grand River").

    Pictured are the Machines to twist wire products.  Wickman Wire Works was owned by Henry J. Wickman who held a patent on wire eaves trough hangers.  Mr. Wickman also held patents on "Keep Em Alive" fish stringers, and several other items such as boat anchors.   He came to Howell in 1908 and opened his wire working machine shop in the old church building on West Grand River Avenue. 

    In 1912, the officers of Wickman Wire Works were R. Bruce McPherson, Henry J. Wickman, Hugh A. McPherson, F.P. Schroeder, and E. C. Shields, and the wireworks employed nine men.

    In 1910, Mr. Wickman purchased 30 acres on North Michigan Avenue where later Millsite Steel and Wire Works was established.  Mr. Wickman died in a cave-in November 20, 1930 as workmen were cutting down a hill with a steam shovel.  His widow, Leora M. Wickman dissolved the wireworks in 1945.  Robert Withey was her nephew who was later part owner of Millsite Tackle.
  • HCDL-ngp-I001-02-0023_u.jpg

    This is a series of aerial photographs of the Pepsi-Cola Metropolitian Bottling Company, Inc., McPherson Industrial Park, Howell, Michigan, Aerial Photos, 1983.

    In photo 0024, the view is looking east with the Pepsi-Cola Plant in the foreground.  In view 0025, looking northeast over the city of Howell, Thompson Lake is in the background.  Views 0026 through 0028, the view is looking north.  Finally, in photo 0023, the view is looking east with I-96 Expressway in the foreground, and Thompson Lake in the background.  In each photo, the Pepsi Plant is in view as well as the McPherson Industrial Park.
  • HCDL-ngp-I001-02-0001_u.jpg

    These are photographs of Refrigeration Research Incorporated, 525 North Fifth Street, Brighton, Michigan.  The photographs also included the notation, "Hartland - E.J. Duncan".

    Refrigerator Research Inc., was founded in 1944 by Ed Bottum, who remained president until 1996, and active in the business until his death in 2001.  The business manufactured parts for the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.  Refrigeration Research Inc., also is home to the Refrigeration Research Museum.
  • World Group - 1981

    These photographs are of the Chem-Trend Inc., building and World Group 1981, 3205 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan.    

    The persons in the World Group photos taken outside of the Chem-Trend Inc. building in the first photo are unknown.

    In photograph, 0004, from left to right, are Jose Arruti (Mexico), Geoff Simms (US),  Erik Kantner (Denmark), next four unknown (Europe), in back tall with mustache is Dave Cox (US), Guy Busch (red tie), Peer Lorentzen (company founder), Mr. Hanono & his colleague from Japan, Ken Rennells, Unknown from Europe, and Bob Kauserud.  (Persons identified with help of Gwen Lawson of Chem-Trend, 2022)

    There are several photos of the exterior of the building, and also 1981 photographs of the construction of an addition to the building.

    Chem-Trend Inc. was opened in 1964 by Peer Lorentzen, and was a manufacturing of release products used in plastics industry and in die casting and mental working industries.  In 1980, Chem-Trend Inc. was the world's largest supplier of specialty releasing agents and occupied a 80,000 square foot building at the East Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan address.
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