American Hoist & Derrick Company, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1885-1985)
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American Hoist & Derrick Company
|Neighborhood/s:||West Side, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
|State/province:|| Minnesota |
|Founded by:||American Manufacturing Company|
|Historic Function:||Industrial site|
"The Hoist" as it was known in St. Paul Minnesota, became one of the worst examples of runaway union-busting companies during the 1980s. The Ownership attempted to use federal funds to move the entire operation to a non-union shop in Wilmington North Carolina. The Labor union fought back. Under the leadership of Congressman Bruce Vento, a former delegate to the Trades & Labor Assembly, the federal money was returned to help the hundreds of workers who lost their jobs after the company shut down in 1985.
World War II
During the war, while my uncle was serving in France, my aunt worked at American Hoist and Derrick. The 'Hoist' was in operation 24 hours a day at that time. They provided equipment for the Navy ships; and cranes, hoists and other equipment for use by the Army. The workers had 'E' pins that they wore. Maybe for 'efficiency' or 'effort'? We considered my aunt to be our own 'Rosie the Riveter'.