Swan Chisels


The James Swan Company - Seymour, CT






The James Swan Company is one of the oldest established industrial enterprises of Seymour.  It was formed in 1877 and something of the growth of the business is indicated in the fact that the company now occupies two factories.

The upper factory is the main building, two hundred and forty by thirty-five feet. One-half of this is two stories in height and the remainder one story.  The other building is a two story structure one hundred and fifty by thirty feet, of mill construction.  Steam, electric and water power are used in the operation of the plant, which is in part supplied with individual motors.  

The upper plant manufactures boring implements of all kinds, and the lower plant manufactures edge tools of all kinds, putting upon the market the Swan Premium mechanics' tools.  The company won two first prizes at the San Francisco Exposition, one in the Manufacturers building and one in the Industrial building.  They have also won prizes in Paris, London and Philadelphia.

The company employs one hundred and twenty people, most of whom are skilled labor, and their product is sold all over the world both to dealers and jobbers.  They have their own traveling salesmen, being represented upon the road by from seven to ten in this connection.

The company now manufactures several hundred different items and the extent and importance of the business make it one of the leading productive concerns of Seymour.

History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut
by William J. Pape, 1918

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