THE AHRENS FIRE ENGINE PLANT.
More than twenty years ago the Ahrens Fire F.ngine company had well-equipped works in Cincinnati, where the fire engine hearing the name of the makers was constructed. It gained rapidly in favor among fire engineers of that time.
owing to its many good points, such as rapid steaming, ability to hold steam and durability Now, after this long lapse of time, during which the old Ahrens concern had been merged with another corporation, a newly horn company has sprung into existence in the same city, under entirely different conditions and with such improved methods over the old that it is only reasonable to agree with the assertion of one of its members that we do not expect to get all the patronage for our engine, but, with consistent work, and established moderate prices, we hope to get our share. One thing may be relied upon, we shall only make uniform bids, and, if we do not succeed in obtaining contracts on them, we shall not complain. The new factory of the company is a pretentious structure situated at the corner of Alfred and Cook streets. It is solidly constructed of brick, with stone foundation, anti it has three stories and basement. T he walls are so built that other floors may be added, should an expansion of the business necessitate such an addition at any time. The building, so far, and machinery have cost in the neighborhood of $100,000, all of which has been paid. Its has a floor-space of 5^1*000 square feet, and, there being abundance of light, it is admirably adapted for the purpose for which it was erected. O11 the first, or main floor there is room to erect eight engines at one time, and m its rear is an excellently appointed blacksmith shop, with patent down-draught forges, where all the iron work will he forged. In the basement is carried a large stock of materials used in the construction of the engines, and there, also, are located the stationary engine and workmen’s lavatories. On the second floor are the offices of the company, drafting room, and tool room, where the special tools are made, and several modern lathes and machines are stationed near the windows, which, as will lie seen by the illustration, extend round the building on all sides. The third floor is used as the paint and pattern shop, and is reached by two elevators—the larger one for hoisting engines from other parts of the factory. The coppersmith shop, brass foundry, and nickel-plating room are also on this story. In the fitting shop is a large scale, upon which all engines are weighed, when ready for delivery. The company has orders for five engines and the repairing of an Ahrens steamer for Columbus, Ohio, with one of its improved self-circulating water tube boilers. There is ro doubt that the company has made a good selection for the location of its works. T he mechanical end of the business is in charge of Mr. Charles H. Fox, vicepresident. The general supervision of the plant is looked after by Mr. G. F. Ahrens, president. The sales department is managed by Mr. John P. Ahrens, secretary, and the financial and office affairs are in the hands of Mr. G. W. Knapp, treasurer of the company. These young men are all earnest workers, so that the best results may be looked for by their individual efforts.