Founded in September 1915 as Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co., its sole purpose was producing artillery shell forgings for the Allied Forces during World War I in Europe. Over the course of that conflict, the company turned out between five and six million shell forgings on large mechanical forging machines known as “Bulldozers” built by Williams, White. Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co. began operations in the South Shop of Williams, White & Co. As business grew, the directors looked to the postwar period, purchasing a two-block plant site further east in Moline. Construction on the new plant began in 1917, and was occupied in 1918. By the time hostilities ceased in Europe, Moline Forging and Manufacturing Co. had already developed an additional customer base which was not military related. As the company transitioned to fully domestic production, heavily weighted with farm equipment business, the name was changed in 1920 to Moline Forge, Inc.
MOLINE — If you’ve lived in the Illinois Quad-Cities for a few years, you likely have driven by Moline Forge on Fourth Avenue in Moline. And you may have even wondered what it is. It’s eight generally hot buildings covering 80,000 square feet of space where steel is