Steam-powered box factory in operation since 1897

[Video Link] Keep OSHA away from this amazing 115-year-old box factory that runs on steam power. Lots of pulleys, belts, gears, and other fast-moving machinery that look hungry for the hands and arms of careless machine operators (the folks in the video look like they know what they are doing it). The video itself is terrific. No music or narration to compete with the mesmerizing sounds of the machines in operation. (Thanks, Bob!)


    1. My thoughts too.  She probably should wear a “snood” like women factory workers did during WWII.

    1. That’s just a TV studio where they film Krusty the Klown and other non-box-related programs. Since it has nothing to do with boxes, I’ll just shut these blinds.

  1. Love the video, what a great factory.  However I came here to troll a bit about the new commenting system, which I find annoying because I have to click through to a different site to see/comment… but you threw a wrench in my troll-works, as this post is still using disqus.  /me shrugs.

  2. Interesting video, but could you hold off on the gratuitous OSHA bashing? There is a reason they exist and there is a reason that the big corporations want to weaken them. They are supposed to look out for the health and safety of the workers. Not the health of the profits or the safety of the shareholders. 

    When big companies bitch about regulation and moving to a more “business friendly climate” they are sometimes talking about places where worker safety isn’t a problem. 

    I know you aren’t praising dangerous machines just marveling at their workings, but one of the reasons that things aren’t open like that anymore is that limbs and scalps were taken by them until they figured out they need to cover them up.Related:If I told you that there was a technology that could stop over 5,000 fingers getting cut off each year with table saws would you be surprised that an entire industry is fighting its implementation? The technology is called SawStop and the table saw manufacturers have blocked it for years. Not because it doesn’t work, but because they think that the royalties for it are too much. They also have convinced a bunch of people that this safety shouldn’t be mandated because Freedom! When in fact they just don’t want to install it and pay for it. They push the burden back on the consumer instead.

    1. I disagree. There are plenty of other people who would give their right arm for that job you have.

    2. You can buy SawStop today if you want to.  I don’t want to.  I don’t want it to be mandated because I don’t feel I need it and I don’t want to pay for something that I don’t want.

    3. While I think SawStop is great, I don’t like the idea of Government forcing manufacturers or end-users to pay licensing fees for proprietary technology.  Just as laws should be in the Public Domain, so should any tech that is mandated by the Gov’t.

      1. I encourage you to read this article.
        It goes into much greater detail the entire story about SawStop. It is quite interesting on a lot of levels. 

  3. I remember seeing these type of belt drives at the cider mill we used to go to when i was a kid in MI.  the engine was a water wheel, though; which is kind of cooler, to me.  You can also see them steam powered at Greenfield Villiage/Henry Ford museum up there, that place is a national treasure.

    also makes me think of the mill scene in Breaking Away, the origin of the local’s nickname/cycle team’s name “Cutters” as in stone-cutters as in the locals that built the university.  can’t find it on youtube but there’s a lot of machinery porn in that scene.

  4. On the safety of the exposed belts, I noticed at around 6:50 (if memory serves) that the dog is missing most of its tail.  I am guessing these are related.  

  5. I would’ve definitely loved to work in such a factory ! One can almost smell the smell of the wood while watching the video. Such a place sure needs to be preserved. As someone noted, the woman shown here should be told to wear some sort of hair protection.

  6. Here’s the product they were making the boxes for:

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