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The pace of industrial growth increased dramatically after World War II, especially after Chrysler Corporation's Newark Assembly Plant began production of the Patton 48 tank during the Korean War. Employee statistics, corporate organization, and product information shown here document the significant impact on the local economy and residential needs of the community between 1948 and 1956.

In addition to Chrysler, Avon Products, Inc., came to Newark in 1952, employing 200. Newark's 1951 charter doubled the city in size to embrace new residential developments, and a population boom continued through the 1960s. 1960-1969 was the fastest growing population decade--from 11,000 to 21,000, a number that has not grown considerably in more than forty years. Chrysler and Avon are both planning to close operations in Newark by 2010.

(Here is the tank... Facts on the Patton 48)
How to build a tank. Newark, Del.: Chrysler Corporation,
Delaware Tank Plant, 1950s.

Pride and progress : this book is dedicated to our growing community of Newark, Delaware. Newark, Del. : Newark Trust Company, 1954.

How to build a tank. Newark, Del. : Chrysler Corporation, Delaware Tank Plant, 1950s.

"How to live with a standby defense plant." Business Week, October 16, 1954.
Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr., papers.
Gift of Mrs. Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr.

Notebook of references on the economic outlook for Newark, maintained by realtor and developer Hugh Gallagher. Clippings shown are from the Sunday Star, September 16, 1951, with a prediction of the defense area label for Newark, and credit terms - ready for a housing boom.
Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr., papers.
Gift of Mrs. Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr.

W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., profiled in this picture book of Delaware, like Newark's earliest industries, based its headquarters along the White Clay Creek.

Images of Delaware / photography by Mike Biggs ; text by Lise Monty ; foreword by John M. Burris. Wilmington, Del. : Miller Pub., 1998.

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