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     February 18, 2020      #5A-49 SsK

JACK KLASEY: A factory

JACK KLASEY: una fábrica

By Jack Klasey

Like most of the Kankakee area’s older industrial structures, the two-story, red-brick building on the northeast corner of Duane Boulevard and Stoddard Place has been home to a number of companies and has manufactured a variety of products through the years.

Known by most older local residents as the “Amberg File” building, it was constructed in 1891 on what was then the far eastern outskirts of the city.

The years 1890-91 saw a local factory “building boom,” with at least seven new firms erecting manufacturing plants. In ...

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