Ahrens-Fox Plant Enlarged
Recently the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company made an extensive and important addition to its large plant in Cincinnati, O., one that not only gives the company larger quarters but facilitates the process of manufacture. By the erection of a spacious new paint shop on a level with the erecting room, the necessity of hoisting completed engines by elevator to the third floor, where the paint shop was formerly located, has been done away with. The company does not merely assemble the machines, but builds the entire engine, with the exception of a few auxiliaries, such as magnetos, electric starters, etc. The company manufactures its own motors and transmissions on the premises and has a plant that is conveniently as well as fully equipped for the work. The company’s general offices are at the plant, enabling the heads of the company to constantly be in direct touch with the process of manufacture. The plant is operated by steam power, although some machines are motor driven, and it is equipped with all the necessary machinery for making the various parts of the Ahrens-Fox engines and likewise for making the tools needed in their manufacture. The plant is not only complete but is admirably arranged and equipped. The third floor of the establishment contains the brass shop and the copper shop. Each department is kept separate, thus providing for the conditions best adapted for the particular work. On the second floor is the extensive tool shop, where the tools are made. Here are grinding machines, grinding to a ten-thousandth of an inch. Micrometers are used entirely. Here also are screw machines, milling machines and a lathe department. On the ground floor is the large erecting room or department. Among the equipment in this large and well arranged plant are milling frames, pneumatic riveters, an eight hundred pound steam hammer and electric drills, a crane to lift the wheels, which weigh some 550 pounds each, and the testing yard is equipped with cistern and hydrants to test new automobile fire engines, also steam engines that may be sent to the factory for repairs or renovation. The new building contains a large storage shop besides the paint shop, the plant is located on a corner, and the motor pumping engines are run from the paint shop on one frontage to the street and around the corner and down grade to the finishing room on the floor below and fronting on the other thoroughfare. In the basement are furnaces for case hardening and air compressers. When a representative of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING recently visited the Ahrens-Fox plant the company was in course of manufacturing fourteen pieces of motor apparatus for the city of Cincinnati. This order includes 750-gallon motor pumping engines, 1,000-gallon motor pumping engines, and tractors for ladder trucks. Some of this order has been delivered, and when the nine engines included in it are all completed it will make fifty-seven AhrensFox motor pumping engines in service in the city. Among the number of completed pieces of motor fire apparatus ready for delivery was one Style K-2 four-cylinder 750-gallon motor pumping engine that is going to the Dutch East Indies, illustrating that the Ahrens-Fox engines are not only thought well of at home but abroad as well.