Presented by lifetime Bloomfield resident Dean
Many of us can still remember the Charms candy factory at the corner of
Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street, but what is mostly forgotten today
is that from the summer of 1915 to the end of 1918, the
factory was home to of one of the largest arms manufacturers
in the United States—The International Arms & Fuze Company.
At its peak, it employed 10,000 workers, including
over 4,000 women working night and day to produce millions of artillery
shells and fuzes for the allied war effort against Germany in World War
The plant had its own railroad siding and water supply, as well as
medical facilities, a laboratory and a cafeteria. The workers had their
own band, baseball team, bowling league and women’s basketball team.
Initially, its presence
in town aroused fears of
explosions, fiery catastrophe and plummeting property values. In
reality it brought tax revenue, employment, town improvements and the
expansion of public transportation.
Addition to our web site
addition to our web site is a set of photographs of the Building
of American LaFrance.
We are grateful
Peters McEntee and Sally Peters Janett for donating this collection of
Canal in Bloomfield
Presentation was March 22, 2017
you missed the program but would like to learn about the Morris Canal
in Bloomfield, you can watch the program on WBMA TV online: Morris Canal in Bloomfield
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
on the Historic Green