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OTT RUBBER COMPANY. Articles of incorporation were filed on January 17, 1923 for the Ott Rubber Company. The business was formed for manufacturing inner tubes and mechanical rubber goods.  
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OTT RUBBER COMPANY. Articles of incorporation were filed on January 17, 1923 for the Ott Rubber Company, a manufacturer of inner tubes and mechanical rubber goods. [[OTT, Joseph John|Joseph John OTT]] was elected president and general manager on January 15, 1923. The board of directors included F. E. Ott, George W. Meyers, [[HEEB, Anthony F.|Anthony F. HEEB]], and [[KLAUER, William H.|William H. KLAUER]]. Offices for the company were located in the [[BANK AND INSURANCE BUILDING]]. (1)
  
[[OTT, Joseph John|Joseph John OTT]] was elected president and general manager on January 15, 1923. The board of directors included F. E. Ott, George W. Meyers, [[HEEB, Anthony F.|Anthony F. HEEB]], and [[KLAUER, William H.|William H. KLAUER]]. Offices for the company were located in the [[BANK AND INSURANCE BUILDING]].
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In 1929 an article in the ''Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal'' described the company, with a production capacity of 12,000 inner tubes daily, as the second largest exclusive tube manufacturing company in the world.
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Company officials believed there was great expansion to come because the firm held the exclusive rights to manufacture the Martin Puncture Proof tread inner tube. Designed in Dubuque by executives of the company, the tube's design included a self-healing rubber compound that adhered to the object puncturing the tire allowing no air to escape while the object remained in the tire and tube. When the object was removed, the hole sealed itself. (2)
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In addition to the inner tube, the company manufactured Vilastic Air mattresses designed for use in hospitals, sleeping porches, and summer cottages and tubes for the use of swimmers and boat owners. (3) By 1932, however, efforts were being made to find an occupant for the factory. (4)
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In 1937 the [[NURRE COMPANY (THE)]] purchased the Ott Rubber Company property to establish a branch factory in Dubuque. (5)
  
 
The 1923 and 1929 ''Dubuque City Directory''  listed the corner of Salina and Railroad.
 
The 1923 and 1929 ''Dubuque City Directory''  listed the corner of Salina and Railroad.
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"Ott Elected Head of Rubber Company," Telegraph Herald, January 17, 1923
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1. "Ott Elected Head of Rubber Company," ''Telegraph Herald'', January 17, 1923
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2. "Ott Co. is Second Largest in World," ''Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal'', March 31, 1929, p. 67
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3. Ibid.
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4. "C. of C. Activities of Year Reviewed in Report Made to Members by President," ''Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal'', November 15, 1932 p. 23
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5. "Looking Backward," ''Telegraph-Herald'', March 28, 1947, p. 6
  
 
[[Category: Rubber Products]]
 
[[Category: Rubber Products]]

Latest revision as of 16:11, 7 October 2018

OTT RUBBER COMPANY. Articles of incorporation were filed on January 17, 1923 for the Ott Rubber Company, a manufacturer of inner tubes and mechanical rubber goods. Joseph John OTT was elected president and general manager on January 15, 1923. The board of directors included F. E. Ott, George W. Meyers, Anthony F. HEEB, and William H. KLAUER. Offices for the company were located in the BANK AND INSURANCE BUILDING. (1)

In 1929 an article in the Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal described the company, with a production capacity of 12,000 inner tubes daily, as the second largest exclusive tube manufacturing company in the world.

Company officials believed there was great expansion to come because the firm held the exclusive rights to manufacture the Martin Puncture Proof tread inner tube. Designed in Dubuque by executives of the company, the tube's design included a self-healing rubber compound that adhered to the object puncturing the tire allowing no air to escape while the object remained in the tire and tube. When the object was removed, the hole sealed itself. (2)

In addition to the inner tube, the company manufactured Vilastic Air mattresses designed for use in hospitals, sleeping porches, and summer cottages and tubes for the use of swimmers and boat owners. (3) By 1932, however, efforts were being made to find an occupant for the factory. (4)

In 1937 the NURRE COMPANY (THE) purchased the Ott Rubber Company property to establish a branch factory in Dubuque. (5)

The 1923 and 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed the corner of Salina and Railroad.

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Source:

1. "Ott Elected Head of Rubber Company," Telegraph Herald, January 17, 1923

2. "Ott Co. is Second Largest in World," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, March 31, 1929, p. 67

3. Ibid.

4. "C. of C. Activities of Year Reviewed in Report Made to Members by President," Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal, November 15, 1932 p. 23

5. "Looking Backward," Telegraph-Herald, March 28, 1947, p. 6