Auto Production in Kenosha

Auto Production in Kenosha (HMPT6)

Location: Kenosha, WI 53140 Kenosha County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 35.005', W 87° 50.294'

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Thomas B. Jeffery purchased the 1895 Sterling Bicycle Factory and pioneered Kenosha's auto industry in 1900. His company was an industry leader, creating the second mass produced auto in 1902. Jeffery was the first auto manufacturer to make all wheels removable and interchangeable. By 1910, his auto plant was one of the largest in the United States.

Charles Nash purchased the company in 1916 and renamed it Nash Motors. Nash was one of the first auto makers to reinforce vehicles with steel and in 1918 built the largest number of trucks in the world.

Nash and Kelvinator merged on 1937, later merging with Hudson Motor Car Company in 1954 to form American Motors Company (AMC). With production of the Rambler, the first modern compact car, AMC became a leading independent auto company. In 1980 AMC built the innovative Eagle, the first U.S. four wheel drive auto.

Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987 and automobile production was moved from this site. The last auto was produced here on December 23, 1988, although Daimler Chrysler continues to manufacture engines.

HM NumberHMPT6
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number473
Year Placed2002
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 2:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 431217 N 4714896
Decimal Degrees42.58341667, -87.83823333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 35.005', W 87° 50.294'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 35' 0.30" N, 87° 50' 17.64" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2401-2499 56th St, Kenosha WI 53140, US
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