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The Southern Democrat, June 24, 1954

Fire lashes basket factory

Fire destroyed the Oneonta Basket Factory last Wednesday afternoon about 6:30 o’clock. That part of the factory that housed the heavy machinery was a total loss; the front part of the building housing some of the light machinery and storage space was saved.

One of the principal industries of the town, the basket plant gave employment to 28 people during the rush part of the year.

In discussing the fire, Mr. Arthur Tidwell, owner and operator, says there was no insurance as the rate makes insurance almost prohibitive on this type of industry. The loss is estimated at between $20,000 to $30,000.

Concrete company announces $31,500 expansion here

Willard R. Arnold, president of Oneonta Block and Tile Co. here, and James C. Quinn, vice president, this week completed the installation of new equipment to provide ready mixed concrete service to users within a 25-mile radius of Oneonta.

The equipment consists of a Blaw-Knox 3-compartment, 100-ton bin with a 5-yard capacity aggregate weight batcher, a continuous 40-foot bucket conveyor, and two ready mix delivery trucks at an investment of $31,500. Mr. Arnold estimates his labor force will increase to 18 or 20.

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