Publication: The Muncie Daily Times
Muncie, IN, United States
The Belt Railroad.
From Mr. W.W. Worthington, General Superintendent of the Ft. Wayne railroad, who was in the city on Monday, we learn that the most important part of the belt road will be graded and ready for the ties by next Saturday. That considered as the most important is the portion that connects the three roads the Bee Line, L.E. and W. and Ft. W.C&L. roads. The completion of this portion of the belt railroad at an early day is necessary in order that proper facilities for transporting material to the several factories now in operation and those being erected, shall be more complete. At the Pulp Works it has already been found that another switch was necessary and Mr. Worthington had had it put in. They are now most advantageously situated and are going to enlarge their business far beyond what was expected when they first begun the construction of their buildings. To the brown and course white paper originally intended to be manufactured they have ordered machinery to make the finest grades of white and colored paper. The latter addition means more employes [sic] employees and more skilled workmen. The Rubber Works are also getting along finely and it will not be long until new machinery, for the manufacture of rubber clothing, will be put in at least that is Mr. Nutts intention at present. The goods being made now are the courser, but at the same time are the valuable kind such as matting, belting, etc. This firm is already fixed with a switch and while our citizens hear of the heavy machinery and the material that comes into this establishment, they have no idea of the vast amount of material that is so easily shipped in and again shipped out and put upon the eastern markets as the product of Muncie, manufactured by the heat of natural gas. Immediately on the line of the belt road the mammoth glass works of the Hemingrays is being built. Any one who has an acquaintance with this firm knows that nothing short of the largest and the best will satisfy them. Every dealer in glassware, the world over, knows this firm, at least by reputation. They have a reputation that they desire to maintain and their buildings and machinery will be of the best workmanship and when their one hundred and fifty skilled mechanics arrive in a short time from Covington, Ky., and the Covington plant is fixed in Muncie, another great industry, with MUNCIE stamped upon so many articles of every day use, will give every citizen pride in saying, this is the result of our natural gas.
Still further along the line of the belt the workmen are busy upon the buildings of C.H. Over & Co. Mr. Over has been here but a short time but the rapidly and solidity with which the works is being pushed gives the best evidence that this company will be behind none other in the quantity and quality of their work. This firm has varied manufacturing interests, and I is hoped that some of the other branches can be brought here, when the present business is once started, and the great saving by having cheap fuel free fuel giving better heat and producing better wares is clearly demonstrated to Mr. Over, as it surely will be. The other interests in which he is interested will no doubt take advantage of the inducements Muncie offers.
The Ball glass works have been in active operation for some time. They are now running to their full capacity, have a ready sale for all their goods and orders far in advance. At no distant day they will increase their capacity. Mr. Ball is an active business man, and being the first to locate a glass factory here and take advantage of the natural fuel, he has a larger personal acquaintance than any of the other managers. In fact he is already regarded as one of the old citizens, so many new firms having come in since he did.
One thing, however, is a great satisfaction to every citizen in Muncie. The new factories mentioned above, the new ones that we have not mentioned, and the factories that were in operation here before the natural gas find, are all satisfied with their location, pleased wit the outloo