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Army needs tires and shells. Kelly needs additional men to provide them. Apply today. No experience required. $32 to $42 per week while you learn. More shells and tires will hasten the day of victory. Apply Kelly-Springfield Tire Company."

2. When did the Celanese Corporation locate in the Cumberland area? What were the circumstances surrounding its location here? How many people did the Celanese Corporation employ? What products were made? What is the history of the Celanese Corporation in the Cumberland area?

Manufacture of cellulose acetate was begun December 10, 1924 at the plant on the McMullen Highway. In the beginning the company was known as the American Cellulose and Chemical Company. This company was involved in the initial process in the manufacture of silk, and produced silk in seven to eight days. Employment at the start of the plant in 1924 was 500, which greatly increased to employment of over 7,000 in 1934. The company, known today as the Celanese Corporation, sponsored an athletic association, supported a large marching band, and maintained a swimming pool. An ad in a local paper dated November 11, 1918 said that laborers were wanted for essential war work, such as aeronautic supplies. People were to apply to George A. Fuller Company, American Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company plant near Cumberland, Maryland. Wages offered were 45 cents per hour with plenty of overtime. There were barracks with meals for the workers at $1.00 per day. Under the date of May 5, 1927, an announcement was made that the American Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company Ltd. was now the Celanese Corporation of America. It


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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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