Evidence of the successful development of an idea is presented
in the growth that has attended the saw manufacturing
establishment of E. C. Atkins 8r. Co., Indianapolis, Ind.
Superiority in quality was the idea which predominated in the
production of the Atkins brand of Saws from the casting of the
steel ingot to the finished article. The Atkins brand of Saws
may be rightly entitled to its inception away back in the
seventeenth century, when the Atkins ancestors were making Saws
in England and have continued there and in this country in an
unbroken line down to the present time.
success of this institution was primarily due to the mechanical
genius of its founder, E. C. Atkins, who established the
business in 1857, alone and without capital, though endowed with
abundant energy and perseverance. His knowledge and experience
in Saw making were obtained in the Saw factory of his father,
then operating in Bristol. Conn.
But the great prosperity which has attended the business of the
past few years is accounted for by the fact that not only the
present head of the firm, H. C. Atkins, but every department
superintendent, is an expert in his particular line, and quality
is his watchword. The skilled mechanics in the Atkins factory
(and they comprise more than half of the employees) are the
highest paid workmen in Indianapolis.
Less than 20 years ago the factory employed about 150 men and
opened its first branch house at Memphis, Tenn. A short time
afterward another branch was started in Chattanooga, which later
was removed to Atlanta. Then in rapid succession branches were
established at Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; New York
City; Chicago, Ill.: Toronto, Ont; Seattle, Wash, and lastly a
San Francisco branch was opened January 1 and was necessitated
because of the firmís increased business on the Coast, which
could not be accommodated to advantage from Portland and
To take care of its rapidly increasing trade the firm is
constantly expanding its manufacturing facilities and several
new buildings have lately been equipped and put into operation.
About 1200 men are now employed at the factories and 70 salesmen
are kept constantly on the road disposing of the product of Saws
and Tools whose alliterative trade-mark is ďAtkins Always
Wiktor A. Kuc
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