The time spent under the name of Noblitt-Sparks, Industries was probably the most storied portion of the company's history. The period from 1927 until 1950 spanned a Great Depression, World War 2 , exciting expansion of products and business, and the ushering-in of the Baby Boomer generation and all the optimism and excitement that came with it.
Additionally, the company was piloted during this time by members of arguably the Greatest Generation of citizens in U.S. history.
Consider that under the name of Noblitt-Sparks the company ventured into the following product lines and processes (among many others):
The annual company's sales at the end of "the Noblitt-Sparks era" topped $53,000,000!
To the left is a page from the 1946 Annual Report with photos of the eleven* plants the company had established by that time. They are (top-to-bottom and left-to-right:
* Eleven plants and ten pictures! The photo from Franklin says two plants.
July 4, 1950 July 5, 1950
Entrance to 13th Street General Offices
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And in 1950, the name was changed to Arvin, Industries.
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