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Har-Mac The April 15, 1954 issue of the Stratford Journal an- nounced that a new factory, Har-Mac, a mobile home manu- facturer, would be located in Stratford. It was planned to make exactly ten mobile homes each week, no more and no less. Ground was broken for the Har-Mac Corporation factory building in May of 1954. By the end of June, they had begun limited production, planning to have two mobile homes completed by July. From The Stratford Journal January 5, 1956 Har-Mac, Inc. to Introduce New Luxury Home at Cleveland Plans to enter the luxury field in the production of mobile homes have been launched by Har-Mac, Inc., following completion several days ago of a major addition to the company's plant here, Mac Matthews, the firm's general manager, announced this week. New models, complete with such refinements as carpeted floors, washing machines, air conditioning, Roddiscraft walls, newly toned interiors, plus all the time-tested and space-stretching techniques and imaginative arrangements for living on wheels, will be unveiled next week at the national mobile home show at Cleveland, Ohio. The company, which now employs about one hundred persons in its modern plant, expects to add substantially to its personnel force. The local industry's present position is quite different from that of less than two years ago when it began operation in Stratford. At that time it produced a few units a week in a plant with 8,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plant was constructed with capital provided by the Stratford Industrial Corporation, an organization of local business and professional men. Today, the firm has quadrupled its plant's facilities from 8,000 to 32,000 square feet of manufacturing space, tripled its personnel, increased production more than 400 percent, and multiplied its dealer organization ten fold. The large plant addition completed last week, plus numerous other additions to the original plant buildings during the past year were financed entirely by Har-Mac, Inc., and imposed no additional investment upon the development organization. The investment of the local business and professional men in the original structure is being liquidated by rental payments. The weekly payroll of the company now averages more than $6,000 and is expected to increase sizably by April. The year just ended was a record year of sales for the entire trailer home industry, Matthews said. Demand for the product in 1956 is expected to be even larger in view of the many large scale construction projects planned over the nation, which will see multitudes of artisans and craftsmen on the move. The Stratford plant, through its sales network of more than 100 dealers, has shipped trailers to Canada, and to all reaches of the nation. Not too long ago, one of its products was consigned to Belgium. The company produces trailers in four lengths, ranging from 33 to 45 feet and offers its products in ten different floor plans. Its new luxury mobile home, with the ultimate in accessories, fitted into the product, will retail for approxi- mately $6,900. Officers of the firm are Mac Matthews, president; Leo Van Ert, vice president; J. Ben Wing, vice president; Fred B. Rhyner, secretary treasurer. All officers, excepting Mr. Matthews, live in Marshfield. The officers and Clarence Olson, plant manager, comprise the board of directors. Neil Kille is sales manager. Stratford Journal, May 10, 1956 Har-Mac, Inc. Starting their 2nd Thousand Homes The growth of Har-Mac, Inc. has amazed all who have been acquainted with the business. The resolution to produce only 10 homes per week was short lived and now production is nearer the 25 a week mark. Number 1004 rolled off the as- sembly line on May 10, 1956. From The Stratford Journal October 23, 1958 Har-Mac Introduces New Pleasure Boat A combination mobile home and houseboat for the hunter and fisherman with a strain of gypsy blood that prompts him to seek new horizons was launched in Lake Wausau from the ramp of the Northland Marine base in Schofield Sunday afternoon. The completely equipped land and water home slid into the water without mishap, its rubber tired wheels were re- tracted and the spectators were the first in the area to use it to "tour" the lake. A new product of Har-Mac, Inc., to supplement its line of mobile homes the combination is known as the "Mobile Duck." Equipped with a trailer hitch, the combination mobile home and houseboat can be pulled with an ordinary passenger car to favorite camping spots, rivers, flowages or lakes. It serves as a trailer when on land and its wheels are retracted into the hull when used on water, with its buoyed hull requiring a draught of only eight inches. The "Mobile Duck" is 25 feet long and 8 feet wide. It can sleep four and is equipped with a gas cooking stove, gas heating, gas refrigerator, built-in tanks for fresh water, ma- rine-type toilet facilities, clothes closets, and can be lighted by gas or electricity. The electricity is furnished from batteries or can be secured by plugging in with regular AC current wherever available.
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