When I began this post, I knew nothing about the J.A. Olson Company of Winona, but now through the wonders of the internets, I know that it manufactured mirrors and frames, that its headquarters was in Chicago, that this was the only manufacturing plant for the company, and that there was a lawsuit in 1987 in federal court about the issue of whether the company was therefore based in Chicago or Winona. (I confess I only read up to about number 10 in this recital of facts in the lawsuit J.A. Olson Company v. City of Winona, Mississippi, but maybe a lawyer out there could tell us what happened at the end?) This is what #3 says:
Olson, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stamatakis, is engaged in the manufacture of wooden picture and mirror frames, molding in lengths, and cornices. Its only manufacturing plant and storage facility is located in Winona, Mississippi. The plant also houses the administrative offices that provide accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and data processing services and a photography studio used to prepare Olson’s sales catalogues. Olson also has a retail showroom in Winona that accounts for approximately three percent of the company’s sales. Proceeds from these sales are remitted directly to Olson at Winona. At the time of the hearing the plant employed 113 people, with an annual payroll in 1984 of over $1.7 million.
I also learned, unfortunately, that the abandoned Olson plant burned just last year, January 2015. The Hawg 95.1 radio station website shows pictures of the building in flames and notes that “the Mississippi part of the corporation dissolved in 1988,” apparently right after the lawsuit. I’m guessing the lawsuit didn’t go their way and they shut down the plant?
See more Industrial Mississippi . . .
- 1930s Industrial History in Natchez
- Manufacturer’s Record 1946
- Knox Glass Company, Flowood
- N&W Overall Company, Jackson
- Blue Bell, Natchez and Belmont
- Rice-Stix Factory, Water Valley
- Jackson Lamp and Glass Works
- Tupelo’s Day-Brite Plant
- Taylor Machine Works, Louisville