>Of all the manufactures it seems to me the least publicity during the War
>was for the Pressed Steelcar Co.
Pressed Steel Car wasn't even one of the companies originally
considered for the tank program. John MacEnulty, their president,
must have been a good salesman, since he convinced the British to
refurb an abandoned plant in south Chicago & start building Grants there.
They must have done it right, since they were the only RR company
to continue manufacturing Shermans right up to the end of WW II.
I'm almost positive that the first tank they made is the Grant
currently on display at Bovington.
The absolutely last Sherman produced rolled off the line at
PSC in July, 1945. Maybe it'll turn up somewhere?
I don't think any of the tank builders got, or wanted,
a lot of publicity. There was a great concern for security.
In a book about the history of Lima Locomotive, it's mentioned that
"The "Tank Arsenal" consisted of a 125,000 square foot addition to the
rear of the existing Shovel & Crane Shop...It was off-limits to all but
people assigned there and was the most secret part of the firm's
I was at the Pa. RR Museum looking through the Baldwin Locomotive
mags from the war years. There was hardly a hint that they had anything
to do with building tanks.
>The American Steel foundry, does it still exsist in any form?
Yes. It's now ASF-Keystone. Notice they still use the same octagon logo.
They have three manufacturing locations - "a cast steel foundry in Granite
City, Illinois; a hot wound coil spring manufacturing facility in Hammond,
Indiana, and an end of car parts facility in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania."
Perhaps they are still doing some defense work?
There is an article about "hillbilly armor" in the current issue of
Newsweek. It talks about APG, applique armor kits, materiel
priority conflicts, lighter, faster vs heavier, slower,
& Congressonal investigations.
Some of the same subjects that came up during WW II.