There are a number of manufacturing interests the absence of which from the list of Wheeling concerns is striking. Iron novelties are made in Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, New York and elsewhere from iron shipped from Wheeling, and the finished goods shipped back here to sell, thus paying freight two ways, which would be saved by a factory located here. Axes, hammers and other tools are manufactured from Wheeling metal at distant points and sold here under the same disadvantages. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are expended abroad for iron pipes to be used here, which could be made here to advantage. Much of the muck iron or skelp iron consumed in pipe making is produced here. Why not save the freight? Pipe has successfully been rolled from Riverside soft steel. This department of manufacture is an exceedingly promising one for this locality.
Iron bridge building and structural iron work are also in the line of Wheeling's special fitness.
There are other departments in which Wheeling could embark favorably with the advantage of natural gas for fuel. Window glass, woolen goods, cotton goods, hollow wooden ware, rubber, horn and bone goods, fire brick - for all these there is room and advantages to be found nowhere else at so little cost.
The manufacture of soap, brushes, baskets, combs, files, and other goods, now carried on here on a small scale for lack of capital, ought to be embarked in more extensively.
There is a promising field for agricultural implements.
The turning of implement handles - axe, hatchet and pick handles - by machinery could be operated with profit here, the abundant raw material and cheap transportation making such a business practicable on a large scale.
Wheeling is without a window glass works, while Bellaire has several thriving ones, Wellsburg one, and others are located at Quaker city, Barnesville and Cadiz, beyond the reach of natural gas.
Another bottle works would have no difficulty in securing a good trade. The North Wheeling factory, the only one here, has offers of business daily which it is obliged to refuse.
A glass factory of modest capacity devoted to lamp chimneys ought to pay. A big trade in lantern globes also goes out of the city.
A large tin-stamping works could be built up here. This is proven by the experience of the Bellaire stamping works.
A wire mill was successfully operated here in the infancy of Wheeling's manufactures. A wire working factory was also a prosperous industry here. Neither branch of manufacture is engaged in now.
There is ample room for more potteries to share the reputation already won for Wheeling in this line. The frequent visits of buyers of glass and queensware make this an exceptionally good market.
In short, in all branches of manufacture, investments here would be wisely placed.
The coming of the 'roaring 20's' continued to bring growth into the Ohio River valley. Steel, nail making, glass and pottery, wood and other industries fueled the local economy. Then in 1923 American Farming would change forever. Enter the Farmall. The first Farmall Tractor produced by International Harvester (IH) was released only in Texas because the people in IH were not sure the tricycle type tractor would be accepted by the farming community at large. But amazingly the product launch was effective and the Farmall sold well. Thus begins our history. The company was established in 1923 when George B. and Marie H. Kennedys family acquired the former Neff Hardware in Wheeling.
After returning from World War II Mr. Kennedy's business continued to grow. The business was expanded in 1947 with the opening of a Barnesville store and, then, again with the addition of a wholesale and contract builders hardware store at 3300 McColloch St. in Wheeling.
After Marie's death in 1958 and Georges death in 1965, William b. Kennedy took over the company. He would run it for 38 years before turning over the reigns to Teufel, who is president and principal stock holder.
Kennedy Hardware is comprised of two divisions, Both locations specialize in lawn and garden equipment while the Wheeling store also deals with True Serve hardware. Through Wars, and depressions, recessions alike the name Kennedy has withstood the test of time to become a "proven" business of Quality, Value, and Service. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow you can trust in the Kennedy name in bringing the best to you.Since 1923 Service after the sale has been a priority in the Kennedy Mission. We offer service for many brand names with a price for labor that is far below other area service centers. We also offer a complete line of parts and make every attempt to obtain parts for those "yesteryear" Models.
Our showroom The large pyramid shaped building and Hardware locations are rich in Wheeling's History. We are located in two of the three building that once housed the Schmulbach Brewing Company.