Historic Traverse City
—The West Bay Waterfront —In 1942, the local Chamber of Commerce persuaded the Parsons Corporation to move its Pureaire Unit Kitchen Division into the vacant 60-year-old Greilick plant. About the same time the Sheffer Collet Company also started operations in a portion of the same plant. World War II saw the Parsons operation turn to military production of helicopter blades at this plant with a total employment (including a rocket body plant on 12th Street) of 700. By the 1950's Parsons had become the largest producer of helicopter rotor blades in the world, eventually manufacturing or rebuilding 180,000 blades for 34 United States and foreign companies. Both Parsons and Sheffer Collet were forced to relocate to nearby Traverse City locations when Grandview Parkway was built in 1952.
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|Placed By||Grand Traverse Pioneer & Historical Society, Clinton and Martha Kennard, and the Oleson Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 608114 N 4958186|
|Decimal Degrees||44.76890000, -85.63373333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 46.134', W 85° 38.024'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 46' 8.04" N, 85° 38' 1.44" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||231, 810|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Traverse Area Recreation Trail, Traverse City MI 49684, US|
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