Gear Manufacturing in Vermont

This film, dating from the mid-1960s, demonstrates gear manufacturing machines made by the Fellows Gear Shaper Company of Springfield, Vermont. Founded in 1896, the company became a leader in gear production machines, and by 1911 was exporting 37% of its products to Europe. During World War II, the company employed 3,300 people at its Springfield plant.

In 2002, the Fellows product line was acquired by Bourn & Koch, Inc. of Rockford, Illinois, which continues to manufacture, refurbish, and service Fellows products.

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There were many small New England mill towns that looked like this:

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