Old News – New Building for Canning Plant

More news from the past. This time on the building of a new Canning plant in Fairport. This firm would later form a separate division called Sanitary Can Co. that would eventually become their sole business. It was later to be known as American Can Company.


Wednesday, May 27, 1914


Modern Sanitary Up-to-date Concrete Building Nearing Completion— A Model of Utility

In line with its settled and well known policy of producing canned goods under the most favorable, up to date and modern sanitary conditions, the Cobb Preserving Co., have well toward completion their new canning plant, which makes a valuable addition to their facilities, and incidentally adds to the importance of Fairport as a center of the canning industry for this section.

The new building, which is one ample story in height, 136 by 66 feet and 8 inches built by the Dollard Construction Co., of Syracuse, who have built some of the recent modern canning plants in the state, is a model of convenience, utility and cleanliness in the preparation of canned goods. The outside is of red brick, and the interior is of white pressed brick, which is absolutely sanitary, perfectly smooth and solid, so that not even red ink can penetrate, but can easily be washed off.

The entire roof is of concrete, laid in several sections, each of which slopes to a trapped sewer outlet, thus allowing for quick drainage of the whole floor after washing with hose.

Ribbed glass windows, set in steel, cover all available space at the sides, making the entire factory practically light as day. Fire danger is reduced to a minimum by the steel and concrete construction, and five-ply roofing, covered with slag construction, covers the entire building. On the main floor are two drinking fountains, one for the women and one for the men, and the factor is supplied with both Fairport and Lake Ontario water. Provision is made for several lines of shafting and automatic conveyors, and the installation of new special machinery, which has already begun to arrive.

The syrup room is located in the upper portion of the south side of the building, and in this, equally as much care has been exercised to have everything perfectly sanitary, and convenient. The syrups are prepared in porcelain tubs, and run to the filling machines by gravity. A steel arch bridge connects the syrup room with the jam manufacturing building in the south.

A concrete loading and unloading platform extends along the entire south side of the building, and this is covered by a steel canopy roof, which extends eight feet over the gravel driveway and the scales. In case of rain, it will afford protection to farmers driving in to unload fruit, etc. The building is also connected with the tin can storage building to the southwest by a covered chute through which the small cars of cans can be run easily/

There is a fire wall at each end and the doors also are fire proof. The ventilation is by means of automatic wind ventilators at the top. The building is to be heated by steam, and the contact guarantees that it will be heated to 70 degrees in zero weather. The level of the new building is considerably higher than the adjoining buildings, and necessitated a little extra construction in the power house to get the shafting at the proper height. It is the plan of the company to replace the next building east with one similar to this one perhaps next year.

The comfort and convenience of the employes are well provided for along with new work. The employees will enter the factory at the west, and as they pass in will “ring in” on time recorders, one for the men and one for the women. Comfortable quarters for the women are being fitted up directly over the offices, whee will be a cloak room, rest room, hospital room, and toilet rooms for the women, all refurbished and fitted with the latest and best conveniences. The women will be given work at the west end of the factory, and the men at the east end. The men’s wash and toilet rooms ate at the southwest corner of the factory. The plant is to be lighted by electricity for evening and night work, current being purchased from the village. A four-foot cement walk will lead from the canal bridge past the sheds and offices to the new factory, and there is being built a new factory, and there is being built a new paymaster’s office close to this walk, and connecting with the main offices. A cross walk across the street from East Church st. to the bridge to connect with this new walk being built seems to be a necessity, and the construction of it being considered by the board of village trustees.

A new walk is being laid by the company from the bridge to the quarters of the Polish employees at the north of the plant, and these quarters have been thoroughly renovated and disinfected and painted to be in readiness for them when they arrive. In these buildings are 40 apartments, two sleeping rooms to each. Considerable filling has been done about the buildings, Lake Ontario water put in, and the company expects to have the entire section well lighted by electricity at night.

The company is looking forward to a good canning season, the first work to be done on strawberries, which are expected soon after the middle of June. This is one of the busy places of Fairport during the season, and the long and honorable career of the Cobb Preserve Co. has placed it among the front ranks of the world’s canners. their reputation for putting out the very best of the canner’s products being second to none. It is a fine opportunity for the farmers in this vicinity that they have right at home a good market for the goods canners can use, with a firm that is as solid as Gibraltar.

The products of the Cobb Preserve Co. find their way all over the United States and to foreign countries, the company now being engaged among other things in filling a large export order. When the Herald reporter visited the plant Monday they were getting ready for shipment several large orders of jams of numerous varieties that are to go in to several states the next two weeks.