Rockford Plow Company. The present company was incorporated in 1883, with a capital of $125,000. The officers are E. L. Woodruff, President; B.A. Knight, Vice-President; T.M. Carpenter, Secretary and Treasurer. The company’s plant is located on Mill Street, on the water power, and includes a main building built of stone , 50×140 feet in size, and four stories high. There are six other buildings for warehouses and finishing purposes. The company employs an average of seventy-five men, and does an annual business of $200,000. Their pay-roll averages $30,000, and they manufacture plows, planters, cultivators, seeders and other agricultural implements.
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891.