Milwaukee Tool Plans Greenwood Indiana Service Facility
The Milwaukeean Tool Works (MTO) is located at 7051 N. Greenfield Road in Greenwood, IN.
The MTO was founded in 1915 by John W. Browning and has been operating continuously since then. The company manufactures a wide variety of hand tools used throughout the world including: screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, sockets setters, needles and threaders, file sets and many others.
In addition to its main business, the MTO also produces a line of novelty items such as jewelry boxes, key chains, pocket watches and other novelty items. These are sold through various retail outlets nationwide.
A small museum dedicated to the history of the MTO is housed in the building’s basement. A large sign outside the front door reads “MTO Museum”.
Inside the museum there is a display case with numerous items from the past, some of which date back to before World War I. There are also several books on the history of the MTO.
One of these books is titled “The History Of The Milwaukee Tool Company” by Charles E. Miller and published by Dover Publications Inc., New York City.
Another book entitled “Milwaukee Tools And Machinery” by The Milwaukeean is also exhibited. The book appears to be a detailed history of the MTO from its beginning in 1915 to the late 1930s just before World War II.
In addition, a large sign that reads “The MTO Rules” hangs prominently over the cashier’s window. The sign displays a list of rules for employees.
These rules are as follows:
* Obey all safety rules and regulations while at work and report anyone who does not.
* Be loyal to the firm and its policies
* Be neat in person and clothing
* Avoid using obscene language or engaging in quarrels or fraternization with employees of the opposite gender.
* Submit weekly reports of your work activities and any unusual occurrences at your work station such as accidents, equipment breakdowns, fires or other problems.
* Submit a monthly report of all tools issued to you including any that may have gone missing.
* Be alert and pay strict attention to the work in hand.
The rules go on, covering a wide range of topics from the importance of punctuality to prohibitions against gambling or drinking alcoholic beverages on company time.
In addition to these printed rules, hanging next to them is a sign that reads “Respect The Rules or Expect Consequences”. Finally, a sign directing people to the museum is hung over the door to the stairs leading down.
The museum contains a wide assortment of MTO memorabilia ranging from old machinery to photographs of past employees and their families. On display is also an old desk nameplate that reads “C.E.
Miller” which was once used by the company’s founder and president between the years 1915-1937. A portrait of Mr. Miller hangs on one of the basement walls.
A new sign posted on the museum door reads “Closed for Repairs”. The museum has been closed for three weeks due to a flood that destroyed much of the first floor and basement of the building.
Judging from the mess, the repairs will take some time to finish.
Along with all the damage, the flood has claimed one victim: The janitor has been found dead in basement. He was last seen entering the museum at approximately 3pm on the day of the flood.
A small amount of blood was found near a door leading to the basement stairway, but no other trace of him could be found. It is assumed that he suffered a heart attack or other medical emergency while descending the stairs and fell, breaking his neck.
You decide to do a little exploring before calling the police. You have been told that the museum will be closed for repairs for at least another week, giving you ample time to search about the basement without worrying about being caught by building maintenance.
Since it would take days to go through the entire museum, you decide to focus your search on anything related to MTO’s founder, Charles E. Miller, and his successors, Lewis Miller and Oscar Meister.
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