Goshen Sash & Door produced for 133 years

It sits quiet and empty now along the railroad tracks just south of U.S. 33 or Madison Street in Goshen and stretching to Purl Street. But for 133 years, Goshen Sash and Door Company was a major manufacturer and employer in Goshen. Or at least for a good portion of those 133 years. As evidenced in the photo – I could not fit the whole building in the frame of my camera – it was a huge building. As the name says, Goshen Sash and Door was a manufacturer of doors, blinds and related products. It was established in 1869 and closed down for good during the winter of 2002-03. That’s an impressive record of endurance for any factory. Consider 133 years equates to roughly four generations depending on how you divide up the generations. I’m not sure if there are any current plans for using the building.

Sash and Door Company spanned 133 years in Goshen.

Sash and Door Company spanned 133 years in Goshen.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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2 Responses to Goshen Sash & Door produced for 133 years

  1. William Lutterbein says:

    My family and I did business with them for years. They were wonderful people. Very honest and they cared for their customers. Big boxes did them in and ten years later did my lumberyard in.

    • historynut11 says:

      Thank you for reading my blog, William, and for taking the time to comment. I enjoy reading reader comments. I believe there are many stories to be told from the past and many precious memories of those days.

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