Wilson Brothers Shirt Company - South Bend, Indiana
Materials Reclaimed From This Site Include:
Rare Wide Plank Antique Heart Pine Joists With Weathered Patina
Heart Pine Timbers
Old Chicago Style Bricks
The Wilson Brothers Shirt Company was once a thriving fixture in South Bend, Indiana. The company relocated from Chicago in 1886. Along with Studebaker, it was one of the primary employers in the area with 2,200 workers by 1929. The company manufactured shirts, underwear, pajamas and men’s socks.
During World War II, The Wilson Brothers Shirt Company was awarded several government contracts to manufacture clothing for American soldiers. Business declined in the years following the war and in 1957, the company merged with the Enro Shirt Company. The factory eventually closed its doors in 1975.
Southend Reclaimed is now in the painstaking process of reclaiming the Wilson Brothers shirt factory. We anticipate this project will generate a half a million board feet of rare Antique Heart Pine. These unique materials include 2″ x 14″ unpainted joists with circular saw marks.
Southend Reclaimed will wholesale a portion of these materials and also develop a customized line of “Luck Of The Irish” Antique Heart Pine flooring, beams and millwork.
South Bend Tribune
The History Museum