Maxson Automatic Machinery Co.
Est. 1912 in Westerly, RI
- For more than a century, the Maxson Automatic Machinery Co., has used high quality innovation to address one of the most difficult manufacturing tasks—handling thin paper mechanically.
- Founded in 1912, the Westerly-based company developed a machine that helped eliminate a very dangerous and tedious manual process in the conversion of paper from huge webs to cut sheets.
- At the turn of the 20th Century, converting rolls of paper into sheets suitable for printing machines involved a machine that would cut the paper into sheets of different dimensions.
- Young boys and sometimes women were positioned at the end of the machine to catch the emerging sheets and lay them into stacks.
- Workers who did this manual work were called “lay boys” and the process was not only tedious but dangerous.
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