Different World

Ingersoll-Rand-Clark Equipment-Federal Mogul

Ingersoll-Rand….Clark Equipment….Federal Mogul were the three primary companies I interviewed in 1967 as an MBA at The University of Michigan. All three were job offers….with Ingersoll-Rand being our choice.

Clark  Equipment at that time was located in Battle Creek, MI….I would be making fork lift trucks in some form or another. The Federal-Mogul plant I was interviewing was in Van Wert, Ohio making automobile engine components.

By selecting Ingersoll-Rand (I-R)….we would be moving to Painted Post, NY where I-R manufactured very large gas pipeline compressors (like the one in the photo). A very cool place to begin a manufacturing career and start on an upward path in the corporate world.

Clark Equipment eventually left Battle Creek, bought by another company (Ingersoll-Rand). Federal Mogul is still in Van Wert. Ingersoll-Rand continues as a major global manufacturer. Unfortunately….due to a reorganization in the Painted Post plant….there was a delay in starting. So instead of beginning a manufacturing career….it was returning to Muskegon and entering a completely different world of small business .