Products made in Coffeyville

Products made in Coffeyville

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Doing Some Research

Joplin, MO

#1 Jan 29, 2013
I have a sincere question for the members of this board who have a sense of Coffeyville and its business and industry history.

If you wish to post a negative comment, please start a new thread and feel free to post your criticism there, I'm asking a legitimate question seeking sincere answers for research I am conducting.

I know Coffeyville has a long history with brick factories. I have seen Coffeyville bricks in almost every state I have visited.

SEKTAM produces tooling and components for a long list of industries.

I know Dixon's produced ZTR lawnmowers.

I know Funk's (now John Deere Team Coffeyville) produces transmissions. I also remember when they had two locations in Coffeyville, plant 1 was on west 12th and plant 2 is at the current location. I also know it started out as aricraft manufacturing.

And Coffeyville Resources produces petroleum (oil) based products including gas, diesel and coke.

Here is what I'm trying to find out, what large businesses and industries am I missing? For example, I recall Jensen's and Jencast, but I have no idea what they produced?

Acme Foundry? Likewise, I have no clue. I know there are other businesses down south Spruce street, but I have no idea what they do? ReCon? Watco?

As for the industrial park, I think I recall Funk's and Western Publishing and the airport being the anchor tenants, who else is there now and who am I missing? I remember a place called Aptus, but I don't know if they are still in business.

I also remember when the wire maker came to town, but I think they may have a new name that I do not know.

This is just a start. If I omitted a business or industry, please list it, what they make (or if they are closed, what they made) and perhaps a location and years of operation. This is just a little research and history project that I am working on. I appreciate any and all help and please, keep the commentary positive.
John

Wichita, KS

#2 Jan 29, 2013
Comet mobile homes.
coffeyvilleian

United States

#3 Jan 29, 2013
The name if the wire company was AIW and is now called Southwire. Recon is a thing if the past. They did just what their name was...RECONditioned old 55gal drums from the refinery and other various places in SEK. They cleaned, sandblasted and repainted them like new again. The watco that your talking about is now just a small office bldg used for paperwork for the local watco train guys. Coffeyville had more than 1 brick company back in the day from what I understand. That was before my time. Their are pleanty more businesses in the industrial park than what was mentioned : prestige cabinets, Darwin industries, amazon.com (used to be golden book location) Pepsi bottling corporation and many more I'm sure. SEKTAM does do a lot of tooling for different places all over the WORLD! Steve that runs the place is an ass but they do employ quite a few guys/gals so can't complain in that aspect. They have actually made parts that were assembled on the U.S. Space station. Kinda cool fun fact for you. Dixon did employee a lot of people while they operated the ZTR mfg plant. I know there is many more industries that have came and gone than what have been listed so far but this is just what I could think of off the top of my head.
cville

Altamont, KS

#4 Jan 29, 2013
Aptus is now Clean Harbors.
news flash

Coffeyville, KS

#5 Jan 30, 2013
Prestige closed years ago in Coffeyville, they are down to just a plant in Columbus I think.
AndiK

Farlington, KS

#6 Jan 30, 2013
I know Coffeyville had a glass factory in the late 1800's, they made glass canning jars. Page Milk company was over where Braums is now. They made ice cream and cottage cheese, along with bottling milk. There is also Sherwin Williams over by the elementary school. I believe Sherwin Williams quit production at that plant in the 70's.
Nurse

Coffeyville, KS

#7 Jan 30, 2013
Blitz mobile homes out in Indian Village
Another One

Wichita, KS

#8 Jan 30, 2013
The Coffeyville Boot, the high top boot was
invent ed here in Coffeyville in the 1800s.
Another One

Wichita, KS

#9 Jan 30, 2013
The Pepsi Icee
tko

Coffeyville, KS

#10 Jan 30, 2013
did'nt coffeyville make bricks also
Acme Foundry

Pratt, KS

#11 Jan 30, 2013
Acme Foundry is one of the largest cast iron valve foundries in the United States. Many people do not realize this but Acme is one of only a handful of foundries left in the US that produces high quality cast iron control valves. You will find their product on equipment all over the world - John Deere and Caterpillar just to name a few. It's really the only true locally owned large sized "Industry" in town. The money that Southwire, Amazon, Refinery etc make ultimately go to their out of town owners. Acme is locally family owned. I know there will be hatters that post the same lame bs but this fact is pretty awesome to me.
Beaner

Coffeyville, KS

#12 Jan 30, 2013
Coffeyville Vitriol Brick and Tile company was one of the brick yards. jjjjI think my father told me there was three brick yards here.
The soft ice cream making machinery was an invention of old man stapelton and was manufactured here in coffeyville. the machinery for making dairy queen soft icecream.
cook's and jensons make pump jacks for oil fields.
rail lines were Mop, union pacific and katy and possibly Kansas city southern.
There was also another refinery which if not mistaken was the sinclair located from grant street to buckeye north to river road.
Beaner

Coffeyville, KS

#13 Jan 30, 2013
Acme Foundry wrote:
Acme Foundry is one of the largest cast iron valve foundries in the United States. Many people do not realize this but Acme is one of only a handful of foundries left in the US that produces high quality cast iron control valves. You will find their product on equipment all over the world - John Deere and Caterpillar just to name a few. It's really the only true locally owned large sized "Industry" in town. The money that Southwire, Amazon, Refinery etc make ultimately go to their out of town owners. Acme is locally family owned. I know there will be hatters that post the same lame bs but this fact is pretty awesome to me.
I thought it was pretty awesome to when I was child and walked past the old ice house to the road going into Acme. I would go there to pick up old embedded copper wire in the road to sell to buy a soda pop at Marshall Smith's grocery store. 5 cents was a lotta money back then. Good memories.
omg are you serious

Independence, KS

#14 Jan 30, 2013
i was always at marshall smiths grocery store he had a minor bird named SPARKY that bird talked like crazy was pretty cool having a old candy counter and marshall was a nice old man
Anonymous

United States

#15 Jan 30, 2013
What a great post. Im enjoying reading this!
John

Wichita, KS

#16 Jan 30, 2013
Smiths was at 14th and willow and then Suggs was at 15th and elm.
I remember the saw dust on Smiths floor and Sparky is who I learned a few bad words from.
omg are you serious

Independence, KS

#17 Jan 31, 2013
ya sparky knew a few choice words but i really enjoyed that place
Doll Baby

Coffeyville, KS

#18 Jan 31, 2013
Funk also had a third Plant in the Industrial Park. It was the research and developement part of Funk Mfg. Also there was thr Sherwin Williams Paint Co. that was located on W. 4th. Some of the buildings are still therr. Comet was a company the made campers and small trailers. Don't forget the Page Milk Co. and the packing company, Parkersbug Rig and Reel, Rock-A-Chair Mfg. These are just a few that I rember, but I'm sure there are more. Wish they were all still here today..
Beaner

Coffeyville, KS

#19 Jan 31, 2013
omg are you serious wrote:
i was always at marshall smiths grocery store he had a minor bird named SPARKY that bird talked like crazy was pretty cool having a old candy counter and marshall was a nice old man
Yeah, Minah bird Sparky and I were old buddies and had some wonderful conversations. lol Remember Roxie? The lady who worked there at Marshall Smith's? She lived right next door to my grandmother on colorado street. Did you learn to swim at the shale pits also?
omg are you serious

Independence, KS

#20 Jan 31, 2013
no not at the shale pits u could go in there and get penny candy

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