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Streets named after appliances/manufacturing
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Post# 1024195   2/10/2019 at 08:39 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

In Topton, PA (where the former Caloric range company factory is) there is a Klein St (Klein was the original name of Caloric). Off of Klein St there is a Caloric Cirle.

In Boonville MO (former home to Toastmaster/McGraw Edison small appliances) there is an Al Bersted Dr. Al Bersted was the founder of Bersted appliances which were sold under many names and eventually became McGraw Edison and then Toastmaster.

Not related to my town, but here there is a neighborhood with all car streets. Two of them, Sunbeam St and Singer St remind me of appliances rather than cars. It helps that the two are next to each other.

In Chicago IL there is a Kenmore Ave, not sure if it is related to Kenmore appliances in any way or not.

Any others?

Post# 1024198 , Reply# 1   2/10/2019 at 10:27 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

There is a Kenmore Plantation in Fredericksburg, VA that was a home of George Washington's sister Betty and her husband Fielding Lewis.

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Post# 1024215 , Reply# 2   2/10/2019 at 14:28 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Tappan Zee bridge.

Post# 1024222 , Reply# 3   2/10/2019 at 15:25 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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There’s a Hardwick Street in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Post# 1024225 , Reply# 4   2/10/2019 at 15:41 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Hobart St in Los Angeles.

There's also a Bissell Avenue in East LA/Whittier

Post# 1024236 , Reply# 5   2/10/2019 at 18:42 by iej (Ireland)        

Two famous german appliance makers are on streets named after their own founders.

Carl-Miele-Straße 29
D-33332 Gütersloh

Robert Bosch Gmbh (Bosch)
Robert-Bosch-Platz 1
D-70839 Gerlingen

Post# 1024245 , Reply# 6   2/10/2019 at 19:55 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Homan avenue

In Chicago and another street made up Homart, Sears plumbing and heating line.

Post# 1024263 , Reply# 7   2/11/2019 at 00:23 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
I know some car ones...

In Clayton, a suburb of Melbourne, there was a VW assembly plant and one of the adjoining streets was Kombi Road. (Kombi is the name given to Type 2 VWs in Australia, I think they are called VW Van in the USA.) Even modern VW vans are colloquially known as Kombis, though I think VW officially call them Transporters.

In Abbotsford there was a car sales yard bounded by Valiant St and Hunter St. It was an Alfa Romeo dealer when I knew it in the 1980s, but I'd assume it used to be a Chrysler dealer in the 1960s, when Chrysler Valiant was their big car and Hillman Hunter was their small car.

The Leyland factory at Zetland in Sydney lives on in the name of Leyland Grove, on the site of the former factory.

Post# 1024264 , Reply# 8   2/11/2019 at 00:24 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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We have Saturn Parkway in Spring Hill, TN where the Saturn car plant (now Cadillac/GMC) is.  There's Mercedes drive in Tuscaloosa, AL.  Hannon Drive in Lawrenceburg, TN named after CW Hannon..the son-in-law of the founder of Murray Ohio Mfg Co, former builder of bicycles and lawnmowers right there in Lawrenceburg (I used to work there).  There was a Heil/Quaker drive in Lewisburg, TN from the furnace company.

Post# 1024275 , Reply# 9   2/11/2019 at 01:36 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Peoria, il

North Peoria has a street named after the ABC washing machine company.
Altorfer Drive. The logo stood for: Altorfer Brother's Company.

Post# 1024291 , Reply# 10   2/11/2019 at 07:15 by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
There was a Westinghouse plant in Springfield, Mass.

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but I don't think they made appliances there. However, next to its location is Eureka St., and nearby is Hobart St.

Springfield does have Duryea St. and Knox St., named for car manufacturers; and Wason Ave., named for streetcar manufacturer.

Post# 1024294 , Reply# 11   2/11/2019 at 09:17 by paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
Admiral Drive, Harvard Illinois

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Harvard was once home to a large Admiral electronics plant.

Post# 1024296 , Reply# 12   2/11/2019 at 10:24 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Radio Shack as it was initially known as Allied/Radio Shack (owned by Allied Electronics) was headquartered on Allied Drive...

Of course, I'm equally curious about how Alcoa Tennessee is home to Alcoa Steel, as the name seemed to advanced-modern to be what the town was founded as more than to have been just named after the company famous for making steel...

-- Dave

Post# 1024301 , Reply# 13   2/11/2019 at 11:26 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Possibly, the ALCOA  (Aluminum Company of America) plant was built after TVA brought abundant power to the area, 30s--40s, and a lot of aluminum was needed for planes and other war uses.

Post# 1024339 , Reply# 14   2/11/2019 at 21:39 by cycla-fabric (New Jersey)        
Westinghouse Blvd

There is a Westinghouse Blvd around the Charlotte, NC area, as I have ridden down it.


Post# 1024340 , Reply# 15   2/11/2019 at 21:56 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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One Panasonic Way...




-- Dave

Post# 1024348 , Reply# 16   2/12/2019 at 01:07 by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
Excessive background about Alcoa...

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The Alcoa Aluminum (not steel) plant in Alcoa, Tennessee was built in 1913, after the Aluminum Company of America obtained the rights to build hydroelectric dams on the Little Tennessee River. It's been said that aluminum is congealed electricity, since electric power is the most expensive variable in smelting costs. The company developed the town around the smelter. The plant was greatly expanded in the defense buildup prior to WWII. The Alcoa dams didn't have enough capacity to work the smelter year round, so Alcoa entered into a pooling agreement with TVA so they could have a steady supply of electricity.

A severe drought in 1941, BTW, caused a huge defense production crisis, with businesses across the southeast being ordered to shut off all window and sign lighting so there would be enough electricity available to keep Alcoa production rolling. At one point, the government was saying that Christmas tree lighting would be forbidden, as well.

About ten years ago, Alcoa demanded a price for electricity that TVA thought was uneconomical (details not revealed, but it would probably have been less than the cost of production) so Alcoa closed the smelter and sold the dams to an outfit called Brookfield Renewable Power. The remaining parts of the plant belong to the Alcoa spinoff Arconic, and as I understand it they make aluminum sheet for the auto industry, maybe airplanes. They used to sell a lot of sheet for cans, also.

Post# 1024357 , Reply# 17   2/12/2019 at 06:20 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In June 2020!)        

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In Wilmerding, PA, founded by George Westinghouse as home to his Airbrake Company and as an ideal worker town, his Airbrake company, now known as Wabtec, sits in Airbrake Avenue. Other streets in Wilmerding are the requisite Westinghouse Avenue, Hermann Avenue, named for his brother, and Margurite Avenue, named for his wife. In nearby East Pittsburgh, the former Westinghouse plant is near streets of Electric, Dynamo, and Cable

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Post# 1024370 , Reply# 18   2/12/2019 at 09:37 by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Springfield, MA

Good ones, Fred.
You beat me to Duryea. Right next to it is Stevens St. (Stevens/Duryea)
Also, over near the former armory in Springfield, is Rifle St.
Not too far from Stevens and Duryea Steeets is Hendee St.
Named for George Hendee, of early motorcycle fame. I believe their factory was on that street.
There used to be so much manufacturing in this area.
So sad that it's all gone now, and most of the once great factories are either long gone, or sitting dark, vacant, cold, and deteriorating.


Post# 1024371 , Reply# 19   2/12/2019 at 09:38 by paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
Magnavox Way

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Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I once stayed at a Ramada on Magnavox way while representing one of Magnavox's competitors.

Post# 1024381 , Reply# 20   2/12/2019 at 11:34 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Speaking of Vacant, Cold, and Deteorating:

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There is also PACKARD (on and near where that very plant was) in Detroit...

-- Dave

Post# 1024453 , Reply# 21   2/13/2019 at 08:25 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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There's a Rayon Drive and Rayon City near the DuPont plant in Old Hickory, TN

Post# 1024460 , Reply# 22   2/13/2019 at 10:15 by Kate1 (Idaho)        

There’s a tiny town about fifteen miles from the city I live in that prides itself on being where Philo T Farnsworth grew up. He was one of the major contributors to the invention of television. One of the major streets there is Farnsworth Way. It runs almost the entire length of the town, parallel to the highway and runs diagonally while the other streets are laid out in a grid.


Post# 1024461 , Reply# 23   2/13/2019 at 10:16 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Hey Blackstone,

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The Springfield Mass. Westinghouse plant did indeed make appliances, small appliances like fans, mixers etc. PAT COFFEY

Post# 1024499 , Reply# 24   2/13/2019 at 18:39 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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There was a Ford plant in Sheffield, Alabama for years and that area is called Ford City.

Post# 1024506 , Reply# 25   2/13/2019 at 20:08 by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Westinghouse plant

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At one time, I had a Westinghouse fan made in Springfield. The Westinghouse plant was the site of the original WBZ radio station; later it changed to WBZA, when the parent station moved to Boston. The transmitting tower was torn down only a few years ago.

The site of the Westinghouse plant is now the CRRC railcar manufacturing plant. The Chinese company just started building railcars for Boston, with Philadelphia and Los Angeles cars in the pipeline. Largest (perhaps only) railcar plant in the U.S.

They did preserve the office building fronting on Page Blvd.

Chinese flag flying over Springfield:

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Post# 1033862 , Reply# 26   5/29/2019 at 10:49 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Here is KENMORE Street in Berkley, MI which starts at 12 Mile Rd. and runs to Webster Rd. bordering at the edge of Royal Oak...

Here is the corner of Cornwall (maybe known as “Cornwall Bend”) where I could get a good picture...

— Dave


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Post# 1033866 , Reply# 27   5/29/2019 at 13:21 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Homan ave

Homart, Tower Sears tower

Post# 1033869 , Reply# 28   5/29/2019 at 14:02 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        
Los Angeles area

I think I posted something here before but just in case....

Honeywell Dr. in Torrance
Bissell St. in Compton
Westinghouse Dr. in San Pedro (a tiny alley behind the Westinghouse Building)
Whirlpool Blvd. near the John Wayne airport in Irvine
Hobart St. in Hollywood (it actually cuts the city)
Amana Rd. in Calabasas
Boeing Dr. (Not appliance related) in Long Beach, behind the LGB airport
Target Way (El Segundo)
Beyond Dr. (Bed, Bath and Beyond) in Santa Monica
Apex St. in Bel Air
Bendix Ln. (the alley right behind the Bendix factory which is now a luxury apartment complex in Downtown LA
Douglas St. (I'm not sure but I think it somehow relates to Douglas (later McDonell Douglas, later merged with Boeing)
Toyota Dr. in Torrance (It's a small street right in the middle of the former Toyota headquarters complex.)
Roebuck way (a small alley right behind a Sears store that already closed, in West Hollywood

Post# 1033885 , Reply# 29   5/29/2019 at 17:11 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Amana appliance company was named for the area of Iowa that was settled by German immigrants called the Amana Colonies.  They lived a secluded and nearly self-sufficient life until they decided to incorporate as a for-profit in 1934 which included the newly formed appliance company.  


Newton, Iowa was home to more than a few washing machine manufacturers (Automatic, One Minute, etc.) but was the headquarters for their most famous and largest manufacturer, Maytag.  The Maytag name is woven into the town, Maytag Park, event center, etc.




Post# 1033889 , Reply# 30   5/29/2019 at 19:18 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

There was a subdivision in Fenton, MO (which was the home of the Chrysler plant which went in roughly in 1965) with street names like Fury, Chrysler and Satellite.

Post# 1034179 , Reply# 31   6/2/2019 at 02:53 by Fluidriver (South Australia)        
Lots of streets named after cars.

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In Croydon Park, South Australia.

I don’t know whether there was car assemblers in this area, but a lot of the names are from the 20s before Australia manufactured cars.

Now we only import cars, with GMH, Ford and Toyota all ceasing manufacturing in the last couple of years.

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Post# 1034285 , Reply# 32   6/3/2019 at 13:29 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yes, Australian govt. has

stopped all subsidies for vehicle manufacture which were in place since roughly 1950. GM supported Holden via partnership, Ford partnered with Nissan, Mitsubishi with Chrysler, absorbing ownership in about 1981, when Chrysler was bankrupt.
AMM built Ramblers, etc under license in Port Melbourne. British Leyland had a plant there, Then came Toyota, Honda, etc. much the same as in the UK.
The button plan of the 1980's forced Holden badged Toyotas, etc. and visa versa.
You have about 23 million people, not certain how many licensed drivers on a continent where cars don't rust rapidly. Holdens best sales year was 1973, with 200,888 units made. I'm reading that from GM's 75 year anniversary book. Even Oldsmobile produced 918,119 units that year, and it was defunct in 2004.
Times have changed for sure. Asia does most manufacturing today, with Mexico in second, at least in parts making, if not final assembling. Most of GM's manufacturing capacity seems to be from China, and Thailand. Even the Daewoo/GM plants in Korea have stopped production I believe. They were building the Malibu.
Ford just made global salaried staff cuts, mainly out of the USA. Very likely many down under.

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