Article on the Crobb Box Company, founded on Mount Desert Island on October 22,
Article on the Crobb Box Company, founded on Mount Desert Island on October 22, 1942, by Edsel Ford, as a way to keep islanders employed at home in the World War II effort. Upon arriving in Seal Harbor for his annual summer stay, Ford realized that many island residents, including his own caretaker, Irving Clement, were considering leaving the island to pursue work in the defense field. Ford came up with the idea to employ them to build truck boxes for Ford Motor Company. Truck boxes were the large wooden crates used to ship overseas all of the company's defense products-- jeeps, trucks, auto parts, and ammunition. When Ford died in the spring of 1943, Crobb continued to thrive, building truck boxes throughout the duration of the war, and milling and grading lumber as well. In 1944, Crobb moved off island to Hancock, where the company continues to custom-mill, plane, remanufacture, and distribute lumber across the country. Details.
Business firms, Crobb Box Co Hancock
Baldwin, Letitia, "Article on the Crobb Box Company, founded on Mount Desert Island on October 22," (1995). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 1790.
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