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    THE PIQUA HANDLE & MANUFACTURING COMPANY, of Piqua, Ohio, manufacturers of all kinds of Farming Tool Handles including Long and D Handles - Lawn Mower Handles - Carpet Sweeper Handles - Wood Turnings, etc., is one of the leading industries of Miami County and the largest manufactory of wood turnery and specialties in the world. It has three plants at Piqua, Ohio, Thompsonville, Mich., and Osceola, Ark., and offices in New York City, the main plant and home office being at Piqua, Ohio.

    The business was established in 1880 in a small building on River Street. In 1886 the company removed to its present location, which has been greatly enlarged and improved since then, the buildings and yards covering an entire city block. In 1903 branch plants were established in Thompsonville, Mich., and Osceola, Ark., owing to the scarcity of raw material. Hence their raw material at the present time is drawn from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Arkansas. In the three plants from 300 to 500 men are employed. Their product is shipped to all parts of the world. "Piqua" Handles are known everywhere; excellent quality and high class workmanship have won for them a place on the market second to none.

    The expansion of the factories, the increased volume of business, and the results attained each year speak well for the strong and able management of the officers, who are as follows: William Cook Rogers, president and general manager; A. M. Leonard, vice president; J. F. Stewart, second vice-president; C. H. Barnett, secretary; and R. L. Douglas, treasurer.

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