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1. When did the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company come to Cumberland? What were the circumstances surrounding its location here? How many people has the company employed over the years? What is the history of Kelly-Springfield in the Cumberland area?

Ground was broken for the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company on Wednesday, April 11, 1917, when George C. Young, Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and former mayor of Cumberland, turned the first shovelful of dirt. Through arrangement of considerations to the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, such as a bonus of $750,000.00, the land of the Bopp, Miltenberger and Johnson farms was given to the Kelly Company as part of the bonus to build a tire plant here. The work of raising the money was handled by the Cumberland Development Company and the Chamber of Commerce. The cash was raised by selling stock in the Development Company to the public. In the last 50 years the employment rate has gone up and down. At present there are 3,000 employees. Fifty years ago the rate of employment was around 2,000. During the years of World War II the rate was higher as the Kelly plant entered the war effort. The Kelly tire plant has been a boon to Cumberland. Besides employing many people at the plant, the capital and equipment assets of the Cumberland plant were over 11 million dollars. Since then, that figure has increased many times. In 1976 the payroll of the Cumberland Kelly plant was over 47 million dollars. During World War II, the local Kelly tire plant made shells for the military. An ad in a local paper dated April 15, 1945, read, "The


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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