Veteran Firm Adopts New Name
The announcement of the change in the corporate name of the Flower-Stephens Manufacturing Company of Detroit, to the Flower Valve Manufacturing Company, is of interest to the trade. The goods manufactured by this firm under the trade name “Michigan” have been known for nearly seventy years. The original firm of James Flower and Brothers was formed in 1852, to manufacture valves and hydrants, as well as a line of ship equipment. The latter line was eventually dropped and all their energies devoted to making hydraulic supplies. Under the leadership of John W. Flower, president of the company, and a son of the founder, the business has grown rapidly to its present position. When this country entered the war the plant was placed at the disposal of the government and, because of their long experience in ship fitting, they were asked to build materials for the ships built under the direction of the Shipping Board, as well as to supply their regular product for camps and cantonments, here and abroad. Propellers, throttle valves, bilge piping, ballast piping and valves, strut bearings and stern bearings were turned out, sufficient to equip twenty-five ships per month.
A new pump has been installed in the Hubbard, Ohio, water works and abundance of pure water is promised patrons.