Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Urban Landscape, X2

Torrington, Connecticut

Back in the mid-1980s I did the photography for a major project, a 48-page, "capabilities brochure," for The Torrington Company. I traveled to plants up and down the eastern seaboard, but also spent a number of days shooting manufacturing work at these plants in the company's hometown. There isn't much going on here now. The company had quite an interesting history.


4 comments:

Scott Kirkpatrick said...

I followed your links and found that Timken got absorbed into a huge Japanese conglomerate focused on automobile parts. The only New England activity listed is a machine tools technical center in MA. Your pictures show trucks, and the buildings are not derelict, so what do you think is going on there now?

scott

Carl said...

My best guess is that some sections of the buildings are being rented out as warehouse space. Several buildings seem completely inactive, but well-maintained. Others seem to have very light activity centered on a couple loading docks for semi-trailers.

Dina Calabrese said...

Would be interested in any photos you have of the field st plant. We are moving our businesses in and I want to showcase pictures of the Torrington company as it began....

Carl Weese said...

Dina, the coverage I did for the brochures back in the eighties was all "men at work" industrial stuff and I'm not sure I archived the select chromes anywhere. I might have some personal industrial landscape work from the same era but I'll have to check which is the Field Street building. Is the building being repurposed for use by smaller businesses?