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Workers at International Harvester during World War II.

By Michael Summers


Fort Wayne Reader


Workers at International Harvester produced components for military vehicles during World War II.

Much of the industrial production in Allen County had shifted to a military context even before the country entered the war. By 1942, Fort Wayne’s factories supplied components for a variety of military uses. General Electric ceased production of consumer goods, concentrating on the war effort by developing and producing motors, airplane superchargers and other electrical equipment. Magnavox made radio equipment, as well as radar and sonar systems. International Harvester made trucks and other vehicles for military use. Tokheim and Wayne Pump built bombs, shells and similar materials. Much of the magnet wire for the war effort was manufactured in Fort Wayne by Essex, Phelps Dodge and Rea Magnet Wire.

Excerpt from Allen County History Book manuscript , essay “War and Prosperity; Fort Wayne 1940 – 1960”

Photo courtesy of The History Center/Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
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