In 1915, the Detroit Convention and Tourists' Bureau put out a lovely brochure touting the many highlights of the city. Part of the brochure covered industry.
Did you know that in 1915, Detroit was #1 in the United States in the production of:
- Automobiles (okay, you knew that one)
- Automotive accessories
- Adding machines
- Pharmaceutical supplies
- Aluminum castings
- Pins! (Take that, other cities with pin production!)
- Thirty different manufacturers in the city had annual production of over $1,000,000
- Forty different businesses in Detroit employed more than 1,000 people, eight of them had more than 3,000 employees, and two had more than 15,000 employees
- 85,376,705 tons of freight with a value of $927,191,061 was shipped on the Detroit River—more than that of New York, London, and Hong Kong combined
- $28,000,000 was spent on new building construction
- Industrial employees in Detroit increased from 46,372 in 1900 to 156,687 in 1914
Okay, enough with the stats—suffice it to say that Detroit was a city on the move!