“Michigan” Line of Water Works Supplies
Back in the pioneer days of Detroit, now the sixth city of the United States, Flower Bros., foundrymen, started the manufacture, in 1852, of a line of valves and hydrants under patents granted them. In a number of the larger cities of to-day, many of these early date “public servants” are reported as still rendering excellent service. Since then, the “Michigan” brand of water works supplies has been established in every state of the Union. The original members of the Flower Bros, firm have passed away— their patents have expired through limitation, and the leading features of their goods have been adopted by a number of manufacturers of to-day. The business was reorganized and continued after having outgrown its old quarters, now the heart of the city. Corporation succeeded firm, and changes followed in executive head and management. Through all, however, the Flower ideas and standards have been maintained, and always a Flower has been connected with the production end of the business. In January, 1916, John W. and Clias. C., sons of George Fowler, of the original firm, together with T. P. Stephens, purchased from Roe Stephens Manufacturing Company the plant known as the Michigan Brass & Iron Works. This plant had been specially equipped for the manufacture of power plant and water works supplies. The business has been continued as the Flower-Stephens Manufacturing Company. Mr. T. P. Stephens, in May, sold his interest in the corporation, and retired from business. The new organization maintains a service department to supply repair parts for older models of their goods, and, with an excellently equipped plant, are putting a new “Michigan” line on the market, and keeping their brand in the front rank of quality and service-rendering products. The line includes valves of all sizes and types from 2-inch to 120-inch, double disc or parallel gates, sluice gates, hydro-electric power plant supplies and high-pressure fire protection service. A new catalogue is now available and will be mailed upon application to all interested in water works or power plant management.