Kaiser Aluminum Corp. - 1942-1984 - Oakland, California or Kaiser Steel - Fontana, California
Permanente Metals Corp. plant of Kaiser Industries, Permanente, Calif.
A pilot model of a 60-foot articulated over-the-road coach was constructed as a speculation and operated between Los Angeles and San Francisco by Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co., a member of the National Trailways association. The body was constructed of a magnesium-aluminum alloy. A 6-cylinder Cummins diesel engine was mounted beneath the floor of the forward section, with a separate air-conditioning unit under the floor in the rear. There was space for 378 cubic feet of baggage in underfloor compartments. Suspension was the so-called "Torsilastic" system of rubber bonded between the walls of concentric tubes, a design pioneered by Twin Coach and later used by Flxible and Bus & Car (on the Silver Eagle). The pilot was never duplicated; it operated in regular service until 1951.
Kaiser Permanente sometimes listed as builder (doubtful). There was a Kaiser Permanente Cement Co in Cupertino.
In 1946 Kaiser built an articulated three-axle prototype bus for carrying rail passengers between Los Angeles and Bakersfield California, although later it served between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Special authority from the California Public Utilities Commission was required because passengers were being carried in a trailer. Sante Fe Trailways advertised this bus as "man-made magic." It was powered by a Cummins diesel mounted under the floor. The engine and transmission were mounted on a roller carriage that could be removed easily for service or replacement.
pictures at University of Akron Archives.
Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967); launched more ships than any other builder during World War II, headed the first company to manufacture steel on the West Coast, completed massive construction projects like the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams, and developed a health care organization, headquartered in Oakland, that became a model for HMOs nationwide. Described by one historian as "America's boldest, most spectacular entrepreneur," Kaiser is one of the individuals who have most influenced the history of California and the West Coast.
The automobile company he formed with Joseph Frazer in 1945 produced some models but ceased productions in the US in 1954. In 1942 founded the largest American Health maintenance organization now known as Kaiser Permanente.
Started cement company in Oakland, CA in the 1920s - founded Permanente in 1939 - world's largest cement plant
12-22-1940 - Defense Plant Corp. awarded funds to Kaiser, Alcoa, Reynolds in 1941 for 9 aluminum plants on Pacific coast , broke the Alcoa monopoly on aluminum.
Built jeeps during WWII
1946 Prototype modern articulated bus bends both vertically and horizontally. Built by Kaiser Permanente [Kaiser bus]. Rear axle counter-steers for precise wheel tracking (pp94 - American Buses - Woods)
The community faced a transition in 1942 when Fontana was selected as the site for a steel mill. The City was incorporated June 25, 1952, with a population of 13,695 and became Southern California's leading producer of steel and related products. The steel industry dominated the City's economy since the mill was built. However, in the late 1970's, Kaiser Steel began to cut down on production and manpower and the steel mill closed in 1984.
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