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Pressed Steel Car Company, Hegewisch, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Location Category ID: 63900
Added to Database: 28 August 2010
Last Edited: 29 November 2011
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Other Links: Wikipedia
MidContinent.org
Hegewisch Timeline
Hegewisch FAQ
Steel Industry
Hegewisch
Latitude, Longitude: 41.64934655 , -87.55253792
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: M4A1 Sherman Tank - Veterans Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA (Probable manufacturer)
2: M4A1 Sherman Tank - Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Boxmeer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands (Primary manufacturer of base M4A1)
3: M36 Gun Motor Carriage - Veterans Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA (Ford - Primary manufacturer of base M10A1)

Models of tank built here:
1: M3 Lee I Tank (Additional manufacturer)
2: M3 Grant I Tank (Additional manufacturer)
3: M12 Self-Propelled Howitzer (Sole manufacturer 1942)
4: M4A1 Sherman Tank - M4A1 (Primary manufacturer)
5: M4A1 Sherman (Late Production) Tank (Manufacturer)
6: M4A1E9 Sherman Tank (Primary manufacturer of base M4A1)
7: M4A3 Sherman Tank - M4A3 (1690 solely built by Ford May 1942-September 1943)
8: M4A3 (105) Sherman Tank - M4A3 (105) (Manufacturer)
9: M4A3 (76) Sherman Tank - M4A3 (76) (Manufacturer)
10: M4A1 (76) Sherman Tank - M4A1 (76) (Manufacturer)
11: M4A1 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank - M4A1 (76) HVSS (Manufacturer)
12: M4A3 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank - M4A3 (76) HVSS (Manufacturer)
13: M4A3 (105) HVSS Sherman Tank - M4A3 (105) HVSS (Manufacturer)
14: M51 Sherman Tank (Manufacturer of base vehicle)
15: M7B1 Priest Howitzer Motor Carriage (Sole manufacturer 1944-January 1945)
16: M7B2 Priest Howitzer Motor Carriage (Manufacturer of base M7B1 1944-January 1945)
17: M10 Gun Motor Carriage - M10A1 (Ford primary manufacturer October 1942-September 1943)
18: M32 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Manufacturer)
19: M32B1 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Manufacturer)
20: M32B3 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Manufacturer)
21: M36 Gun Motor Carriage (Ford - Primary manufacturer of base M10A1)
22: M40 Long Tom Gun Motor Carriage - M40 (Manufacturer)
23: M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage (Sole manufacturer June-September 1945)
24: T29 Heavy Tank (Manufacturer of pilot and components 1945)
25: T29E3 Heavy Tank (Manufacturer of components 1945)
26: T30 Heavy Tank (Manufacturer of components 1945)
27: T34 Heavy Tank (Manufacturer of components 1945)



The Pressed Steel Car Company came into existence 17 February 1899 for the purpose of manufacturing passenger, freight and street railway cars and to make trucks, wheels, and other parts of cars. It was an amalgamation of the Schoen Pressed Steel Company of Woods Run, Pittsburgh, and the Fox Solid Pressed Steel Company, with factories at McCandless Avenue, Pittsburgh, and Joliet, 30 miles south-west of Chicago. Later another large factory was constructed at McKees Rocks, Pittsburgh. Another plant, on Torrance Avenue in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighbourhood, was originally the factory of United States Rolling Stock Company (USRS Co.).
In 1940 Pressed Steel as a whole started to produce large quantities of tanks and allied war materials for the war effort, and it received an award for its excellent job in producing tanks on 10 September 10 1942. From 1942 through 1945, many women started to work in heavy industry. In 1951 Pressed Steel also won an Army contract to build tanks, with production taking place in its Hegewisch plant. In 1956, Pressed Steel was bought by U.S. Steel after it went out of business and closed. U.S. Steel used the property as a supply warehouse and the site currently is occupied by a number of small businesses.
Some sources indicate that M4A3 tanks were built by Pressed Steel Car at Hegewisch, others that they were made by Ford Motor Company (location not given); it is known they were not made by Ford at Hegewisch (source: Hegewisch FAQ). Currently Ford-manufactured vehicles are included here.

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1945

“World War II Production Photos: Pressed Steel Company in Hegewisch during World War II”, photo in the collection of the Industrial Heritage Archives - Southeast Chicago Historical Society, from Pullman-Museum.org
1: “World War II Production Photos: Pressed Steel Company i...

Taken: 1945 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 326
Added: 28 August 2010
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1942

“1942:  Pressed Steel Car Company receives an award for their excellent job in producing tanks on September 10”, photo from Hegewisch.net
2: “1942: Pressed Steel Car Company receives an award for ...

Taken: 1942 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 324
Added: 28 August 2010
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1941

“Pressed Steel in Hegewisch produced railroad cars before the war. During World War II they were converted to production of tanks. Here a tank rolls off the production line at Pressed Steel”, photo from “Chicago’s Southeast Side Industrial History” by R. Sellers at NaturalSystems.UChicago.edu
3: “Pressed Steel in Hegewisch produced railroad cars befor...

Taken: 1941 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 327
Added: 30 August 2010
Views: 219
Has Priority: 0