Milwaukee, WI. – The Wisconsin Historical Society placed the Harley Davidson Motor Company Factory No. 7 (Milwaukee, Milwaukee County) on the State Register of Historic Places on August 14, 2020.
The Harley-Davidson Factory No. 7 played a crucial role as an automated production facility for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company during the early twentieth century, a pivotal period in the young company’s history when it escalated its operations, created innovative products, and solidified its standing as one of the largest and most important motorcycle manufacturers in the country.
The invention of the automated system for milling and threading cast motorcycle engine parts and wheel hubs employed at Factory No. 7 enabled the Harley-Davidson Motor Company to substantially increase the firm’s production capacity to meet the growing national demand for the company’s motorcycles. The company’s utilization of automatic screw machines during the early twentieth century distinguished it from other motorcycle manufacturers of the era such as the Hendee Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, which manufactured the Indian Motorcycle but did not utilize a large department of automatic screw machines like the Harley-Davidson Motor Company did during the early 1900s.
The Factory No. 7 was integral within the operations of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company during a period of crucial expansion that helped establish the company’s nationwide position as a significant motorcycle producer – a reputation the company maintains today within the industry.
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