73 Locust St. Dover, NH 03820 (603)516-6050 Mon-Wed 9-8:30,Thurs & Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-1
One of the most important manufacturing
industries of Dover is that of Kidder Press Company, makers of Rapid Printing
Machinery, Paper Slitters and Rewinders, Stereotype Equipment fine castings in
iron, brass and composition. This company was incorporated in1898 with an
authorized capital of $200,000 and was until about a year ago located in Boston.
The plant consists of ten building, foundry, machine shops, store houses,
pattern shops, iron houses, etc. The foundry and work shops are ideal for their
purposes, being unusually well-lighted and ventilated. The buildings are of
brick and very spacious, offering all the advantages to be derived from
guarantees of safety and convenience for turning our all kinds of first-class
work, The equipment throughout is of the highest order. The foundry has
about 20,000 square feet of floor space, while each of the machine shops
contains 15,ooo square feet of floor space and have tool and supply rooms as
well as a blacksmith shops, with steam hammers, etc., in connection. The pattern
shops, storehouses, coal sheds and other departments are all of sufficient
capacity for the respective needs. The entire plant is lighted by electricity. A
spur track runs into the yard from the main track of the Boston and Maine R. R.,
thus affording every opportunity for quick and inexpensive freight delivery.
This enterprise gives employment to 150 skilled workmen, who have steady
employment at a high rate of wages. Dover counts itself fortunate indeed in
having this splendid and progressive industry added to her already long list of
From City of Dover, N.H. a series of Comprehensive Sketches, c. 1901.
A Kidder Rotary Perfecting Printing Press.
This machine does first-class magazine work, printing two colors on each side and delivering 6000 perfect sheets per hour.
In 1943, the Kidder Press Company was awarded the Army-Navy "E" Award for outstanding production of war materials. In 1970, the name of the company was changed to the Kidder Machinery Division of Moore Business Forms, Inc. (In 1899, the Kidder Press Company was acquired by Moore Business Forms.) Eventually the division became known as Moore Machinery and Business Equipment Division, then the Moore Business Equipment Unit.
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