More Business In Sight
The Time To Act Is NOW!
Norwood has been anxious for some time to increase its business enterprises and taxable property.
It has good facilities for growth in this respect, and its public-spirited citizens have long been on the lookout for the introduction of any good, clean business that would add to its material and social prosperity. An opportunity has now arrived for the town to do something for itself by way of encouragement to the entrance of a very considerable plant of desirable, substantial business, coming not from strangers, of whom nothing is known, but from citizens already in our midst, whose character and stability are well known.
Nothing so promising and beneficial has been offered since the town was incorporated. The business is clean, quiet, and profitable, employing help to be drawn from our own population, thereby encouraging home industry and local trade.
Any town in the state would eagerly embrace such an opportunity to benefit itself, as for every dollar it is called upon to put out, two will be returned.
The enterprises referred to are,—
First. H. M. Plimpton & Co. bookbinders on Congress Street, Boston, employing about 90 hands, with a weekly pay-roll of $900, and an annual increase of business of twenty- five percent. They now have four different places of business and would be glad to concentrate in one place and building, and would try and move their business to Norwood as last as possible, should the townspeople respond favorably to their proposition. They could put up a building of brick, 100×60, three stories high, or 300×60, one story high, drawing plans for a building two or three times this size, and building on from time to time, as the business enlarges.
Second, J. S. Cushing & Co., 192 Summer Street, Boston, book printers ; weekly payroll, $1600; 125 hands : with electrotyping added, $250, and about 16 hands ; with prospect of increase of business with enlarged facilities. They would begin in Norwood as soon as practicable with a small force, increasing it as fast as convenient, or hands could be located there, bringing out the whole business in the course of a year or two. And Cushing & Co. would start a school at once in type-setting for any in the town who would like employment.
Third, Berwick & Smith; same business and same stand in Boston, with weekly payroll of §600 and 40 hands, with annual increase of business of twenty-five per cent.; would move to Norwood with one-third of plant and twenty or more hands as soon as a suitable building is ready for use.
These are the parties, all good men, and all good business, requiring intelligent, reliable help. The condition they ask of Norwood is an eligible location, the gift of a piece of land near the railroad, so as to accommodate their large freights. It will cost them not less than $100,000 to put up their buildings. It will cost the citizens but a fraction of that sum to secure property that will yield §2000 in taxes annually, besides giving an impulse to all other kinds of business in the town. It is an opportunity that does not often occur, and should not be allowed to slip.
Let our progressive citizens talk over the matter, make further inquiries, through this paper, if they choose, and in a week or two hold a meeting to compare views and devise ways and means to secure the prize, if thought best to do so. No business committee or association can discover or secure anything better to offer the people of Norwood.
There is an admirable piece of land near the railroad every way eligible for the business above described, that can be had, and covered with a profitable business, would return in increased taxes in a few years, all it would cost to secure it. Norwood can better afford to give away some of her vacant space, if it can be covered with shops and factories, than to retain it unoccupied. A little business thought and courage will put the town ahead, and fill it with the hum of new life.
(All articles were originally published in the Norwood Messenger unless otherwise noted)