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The Walrus Manufacturing Company was founded in 1901 by Robert Faries, Edward P. Irving, and Leonard G. Gray in Decatur, Illinois. Originally the firm manufactured refrigerators, butchers' coolers & blocks, show cases, and other store fixtures. Its industry was soda fountains and furniture (later caskets and hospital/laboratory metal casework) and its place of operation remained in Decatur, Illinois. The company sold its furniture business to the People's Furniture Company of Decatur in 1927. In late-1950 the company phased out its soda fountain line and focused on metal casework. The company closed down in early-1972.

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ACQUISITIONS

  • Decatur Coffin Company (1943)

COMPANY NAMES

  • Decatur Refrigerator & Manufacturing Company (1901-1903)
  • Walrus Manufacturing Company (1903-1972)

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