Outlook bright for Sandy Hill Iron and Brass in 1946

The post-World War II outlook was bright for the Sandy Hill Iron and Brass Works, a Hudson Falls manufacturer that specialized in equipment for the paper industry..

Company President Frank A. Juckett announced at the company’s annual banquet on Dec. 21, 1946 that business was booked solid through the end of 1948.

There was an overflow crowd, with about 400 employees and guests dining at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, and another 50 that could not fit into the hotel ballroom dining at Helleher’s restaurant on Elm Street.

Those that dined off site joined the rest at The Queensbury later for the speeches and entertainment.

J. Walter Juckett was toastmaster.

James E. Gheen, a motivational speaker, was keynote speaker.

“There was more laughter than sober thought in the audience, but those present carried away little seeds of advice on thinking and living that will sprout unexpectedly in days and months to come.”

Company officials announced that Hjalmar Olson won the prize for employees to name the company’s newest design for a screening machine.

He suggested the name “Packard Superscreen.”

William R. Knapp received a pin for 55 years of service, Charles H. Statia for 45 years, and Martha Filkins for 40 years.

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