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One of our members, Tom Fehring, is working on a book about Milwaukee’s industrial heritage. The book, which has a working title of, ‘The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee (and the engineers who made them)’ chronicles the numerous innovations of the greater Milwaukee-area from the mid-1800s until the end of the Second World War.
Tom is ASME-Milwaukee’s history and heritage chair. Years ago he created an inventory of the significant mechanical engineering innovations of the area. This inventory has grown to well over one hundred items – several of which were eventually named historic mechanical engineering landmarks by ASME. These innovations will be featured in the book. Additionally, the book will provide short histories of the companies that were founded because of these innovations, and biographies for many of the engineers that were responsible for the innovation. Some of the stories are quite engaging.
Finally, Tom hopes to provide some insights from these achievements that might provide clues to how the Milwaukee area might rekindle the innovative spirit which made the City the “Machine Shop of the World.”
While a publication date has not been set, Tom hopes the book to be available mid-2016.