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bonehead007
04-13-2006, 03:40 PM
Was reading the book, Studebaker Less Than They Promised. They mention that Studebaker, in the early 50's, had complted a production plant In New Brunswick, N.J. but, shelved plans to use it, due to decreasing sales. It doesn't mention what happened to the plant, the size, etc. Does anyone know whatever became of it ???

Dwain G.
04-13-2006, 05:00 PM
Studebaker sold the plant to Volkswagen in 1955, who six months later sold it to the Okonite Co., makers of high voltage electric cables.
http://www.okonite.com/index.html
There was a nice article about the plant in January 1995 Turning Wheels. At that time Okonite was still in N. Brunswick, but they don't mention that plant on their current website.

Dwain G.

bonehead007
04-14-2006, 12:52 PM
I'll have to look for that issue. But, they basically held on to the plant for 4 years. You would think that with the inefficency and age of the South Bend plant, they would have looked to utilize a new plant. Especially if it would reduce costs & increase efficiency. Its amazing how they had designed and produced the cars of the 50's & 60's that were ahead of Ford & GM but, couldn't get a grasp to manage the company.

Dwain G.
04-14-2006, 01:13 PM
Well,it wasn't entirely Studes' fault that they never used the NJ plant for auto production. The Korean War came along, and steel restrictions were imposed. The plant did get built and was used by Studebaker to make jet engine parts, although not anywhere near full output. About the time Korea ended, Studes' fortunes were taking a turn for the worse, and it became obvious the plant would not be needed.
Wouldn't it have been neat though!? Another code letter in our serial and engine numbers, possible manufacturing variations on vehicles built there, etc.

Dwain G.

larkvi
04-14-2006, 01:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dwain G.

Studebaker sold the plant to Volkswagen in 1955, who six months later sold it to the Okonite Co., makers of high voltage electric cables.
http://www.okonite.com/index.html
There was a nice article about the plant in January 1995 Turning Wheels. At that time Okonite was still in N. Brunswick, but they don't mention that plant on their current website.

Dwain G.


I used to work for a company with a facility not far from Okonite. The Okonite plant closed in March 1997. IIRC no other business subsequently moved in after that. It is now an EPA Superfund site:

http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/multisys2.get_list?facility_uin=110000870424