The Albion Paper Company.
The establishment owned by this company is wholly a Holyoke enterprise, everything about it being either prepared or supplied by Holyoke firms, except a few Southern pine beams and the Fourdrinier machine, It was built by D.H. & J.C. Newton, Mr. D.H. Tower being the engineer, The mill was completed in February, 1878, and consists of two substantial brick buildings two and a half stories high, joined in the centre by a wing. In the basement of the building is the repair shop, and o the next floor are two 9-roll web super-calenders of 36-inch face and two 72-inch Hammond cutters, and on the upper floor is a Cranston cutter and some minor machinery. The basement of the rear mill is occupied by the driving machinery and drainers. The engines are located on the first floor, and consist of two 1000-pound washing engines, with rolls 44 by 48 inches, and three heating-engines of 1000 pounds' capacity each. These are furnished by Bradbury & Russell's patent rolls, and in addition a Jourdan engine. The bleach boiler, also located on this floor, has a capacity of between four and five tons. On the upper floor are two Daniels cutters and a Holyoke and a railroad duster. The thresher is in the attic. The central wing contains the Fourdrinier, a fine 84-inch machine with all the latest improvements. The building has two elevators, and the steam required is supplied by two tabular boilers 4 1/2 by 15 feet. The company manufacture book paper and engine-sized flat paper. Capacity of mill, two tons per day.
The present year an addition is being made, which will double the capacity of the mill. The new mill will contain eight engines, one Jourdan, and two bleach boilers of capacity of five ton each. the new buildings are the same size as the old mill. They are brick, 184 feet—main building—including bleach room. The centre is 104 feet; front 89 feet. Between the two mills is a tower 16 by 20 feet high, with French roof. In the rear is a tower for stairs and elevator; all the elevators are furnished with safety hatchways. The mill has Daniels cutters. The machine is a Rice, Barton & Fales, 86-inch, two 9-rods, each with super-calenders, and three Hammond cutters. Manufacturers machine and super-calender book-paper. Capacity per day, five tons. Both mills employ 150 persons.
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