During the industrial revolution, Massachusetts was home to many innovative and successful businesses. One such factory was the Hood Rubber Company in Watertown. The business, founded by Frederic Clark Hood and Arthur Needham Hood, began as a 70,000 square foot plant and eventually had a facility that covered 45 acres and employed more than 9,000 people.
The factory, established in 1896, began manufacturing rubber for footwear, gloves, tires, boxes and floor tiles. Their products became so popular that by 1920 they were making 35,000 tires a day. During that time, they also produced 70,000 pairs of shoes a day, more than any other factory in the state. They would manufacture items for the allied forces during World War I and World War II, including bulletproof fuel containers, boots, and helmet liners. The company even established a company dentist and hospital to care for employees on the job.
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