Great Lakes Works Fire Department- Ecorse, MI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
N 42° 15.151 W 083° 07.962
17T E 324070 N 4680016
Quick Description: Fire Department at the Quonset Hut's second birthplace.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 4:27:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM3T7Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Smokey
Views: 70

Long Description:
As anyone who has done any research on the ubiquitous Quonset Hut knows there where several designs and redesigns. The George A. Fuller and Company's engineers found a faster, cheaper way to assemble huts using an existing building product for the rib.

Known as Stran-Steel, it was developed in the early 1930s by Great Lakes Steel Corporation, but had never caught on due to the premium price. It was a welded steel strip 2 by 3 5/8 inches, actually two lightweight channels welded back to back - with a wavy center groove that held special nails with lead seals.

The "Quonset Stran-Steel Hut" was so simple to erect that anyone who could hammer a nail could set it up. A crew of just 6 experienced men could build a hut in a single day.

Production of the original T-Rib Huts was halted sometime in 1942. Thereafter all huts used Stran-Steel ribs. With the change, the Fuller factory in West Davisville, RI. was closed and production moved to Great Lakes Steel Corporation.

They still have atleast one of the huts still on their property. This one is for their Fire Department.
Additions:
A chimney , or tower of some sort. Being the fire dept, I'm guessing a tower of some sort.


Hut Type: Utility Building - "Elephant Hut"

Is the Quonset Hut currently in use?: Yes

Physical Address:
100 Quality Dr
Ecorse, MI USA
48229


Year of fabrication (if known): Not listed

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