Standard Steel Car Company

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The Standard Steel Car Company was founded in 1902 and became one of the largest builders of steel cars in the United States. It was purchased by Pullman, Inc ., in 1929 and the merged company became the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company in 1934.[1]

Butler Pennsylvania Plant

Standard Steel Car Company, Butler, PA

The Butler, Pennsylvania plant opened in 1902 and it was sold in 1982.[1] According to the Butler County Historical Society, "The Standard Steel Car Co. broke ground on April 4th, 1902 on the western edge of the Butler City limits. When production began on September 1st, 1902, 2,500 men were turning out sixty steel-bed railroad cars daily. When the company closed its doors as Pullman Standard in 1982, it had manufactured over 350,000 cars."[2]

Hammond Indiana Plant

The Hammond, Indiana plant opened in 1907. [1]



There is a Wikipedia page for the Standard Steel Car Company.[1]

Butler Pennsylvania Plant Resources

The Butler County Historical Society and the Butler Area Public Library have a collection of over 26,000 Standard Steel Car Company Employee Cards with an online index.[2]

According to the Butler County Historical Society, "When the Pullman Standard Co. closed in 1982, the employee record cards were discovered strewn on the floor in an abandoned office. Recognizing the historical and genealogical value of the records, individuals from the community salvaged them, and the cards were distributed to: Butler County Historical Society, Butler Area Public Library, Depreciation Lands Museum, and private individuals. The collection from the Depreciation Lands Museum was eventually transferred to the Butler County Historical Society as well as a collection from the Franko family. The Butler County Genealogical Society has microfilmed most of the cards currently held by the Library and Historical Society. The Franko collection has been scanned and indexed as a separate collection. A small number remain in the hands of private individuals and family members. Today, we are currently in the process of transferring all cards to the Butler Area Public Library."[2]

The cards cover 1902-1946.[2]

Each card lists:[2]

  • name
  • place and date of birth
  • marital status
  • race
  • age
  • address
  • check/badge number
  • date of employment
  • occupation
  • pay rate
  • if previously employed by Standard Steel Car, reason for leaving
  • wife’s or parents’ address
  • number of children with their dates of birth
  • previous employers and their addresses
  • education
  • citizenship
  • if land is owned

Each card is signed by the employee, witness, foreman, and superintendent.[2]

Hammond Indiana Plant Resources

The Hammond Historical Society may have photos of the Standard Steel Company in its collection.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia ( : accessed 15 Jan 2021, 2121Z), "Standard Steel Car Company."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Standard Steel Car Company Employee Records Collection". Online Index, Butler County Historical Society, Standard Steel Car Company Employee Records Collection ( : accessed 15 Jan 2021), Overview Page.

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