The Washburn Wire Company of New York was formed in 1916 and a year later, the Washburn Wire Company was incorporated in Delaware marking the beginning of the consolidation of the two separate operating divisions--one in New York City, and the other in Rhode Island. Washburn Wire Products, Inc. is a wire drawing fabricator. The plant converted rolled steel into many sizes of round, flat and shaped high carbon and alloy, cold rolled and cold-drawn, termpered and untempered wire. Washburn Wire Products, Inc. was the most recent acquisition of the Commonwealth Holding Company, the for-profit arm of the parent organization, the
Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. (HCC). The HCC is a tax exempt, non-profit community development corporation, established in 1967 under the Title 1-D of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its Manhattan Plant was closed in 1981 in a bankruptcy sale.
These records consist of a legal agreement to convey real property between the Company and the City of New York; diagrams; illustrations; Business Plan and Loan Request, 1979-1980, 1980-1981; photographs; book of Plans for Plant Revision; President's comment nd report; and sales literature.
Washburn Wire Company, Inc. Collection, 1934-1979, Archives Center, National Museum of American History