The Schott's
CINCINNATI GALVANIZING CO.
Founding

The Cincinnati Galvanizing Co. was established by the sons of John Micahel Schott in 1905 with an initial investment of $20,000. The sons had been operating a  firm their father established in the late 1870s, known as J.M. Schott & Sons Cooperage. After their father died in 1903, his sons, who became known as the Schott Brothers, decided to establish a galvanizing company. It was located next to the cooperage on the east side of what is now McMicken Avenue, between Tafel Street and Straight Street. The beginning years of the Cincinnati Galvanizing Co. are briefly discussed under the Schott Family. This section provides a somewhat more detailed examination into this galvanizing concern, which operated under the Schott's family ownership until 1962, or for nearly 60 years. After it was sold by the Schott family, the company operated for about another decade, closing in 1970. 

The Early Years

The impetus for the Cincinnati Galvanizing Company may have been initially to improve their barrels with galvanized rims.  However, it was likely to also diversify from their cooperage business, and in doing so, transition from wooden barrels to galvanized metal containers. Even though it was more than a decade before Prohibition, the prospect of reduce demand for their wooden barrels likely lingered, and was another reason to establish a galvanizing company.  Therefore, in 1920, with the success of the galvanizing business, they decided to create a large galvanizing plant in the Cincinnati Mill Creek Industrial District located at 4879 Spring Grove Avenue. 

Products & Clients

Standard products for Cincinnati Galvanizing Co. were galvanized 30 gallon metal trash cans, buckets, waste baskets and wash bins.  But the firm was also involved with specialized products, such as the King Seamless Potato Ricer and canisters for hand operated fire extinguishers.  In addition, by the mid 20th century the firm expanded their product lines to include decorative waste paper baskets, including those with images of Disney characters.  Clients included local and regional firms as well as some national chains such as Sears.  It also had various government and military customers, not only for their standard products, but also for specific contracts such as 50 gallon water barrels used in fallout shelters during the early Cold War period. 

The name of the company on products was usually abbreviated as Cin'ti. Galv. Co.  When mother died in 1931, the positions of the brothers operating the Cincinnati Galvanizing company were listed as follows: Christian Schott, President; William C. Schott, General Manager; George Schott, Secretary; and, Louis Schott, Treasurer.   In 1937, possibly around the time the cooperage business was dissolved, the aforesaid officers of the galvanizing company also acquired the Bavarian Brewing Co.  The brewery operated across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Covington, KY, until 1965.

Sale of the Company and the Spring Grove Plant

The Cincinnati Galvanizing Co. was sold in the mid-1960s to a diversified industrial company that produced Bell Helicopters, industrial staplers and automotive parts.  That firm later became known as Textron, which has become a large publicly traded company.  Today the Cincinnati Galvanizing plant is one of the regional facilities for Clean Harbors Inc., a public company, known as Spring Grove Resource Recovery Inc.  The original galvanizing, cooperage and saloon structures no longer exist.

The background photo of this page is of the Bavarian Lager Cellar or Tunnel, referred to as T1 above.

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The Historic and Former
 
 
Bavarian Brewery

 
In Covington, Kentucky