Some of you may know the history of the Cummings Center in Beverly. When the former United Shoe Machinery Corporation opened in 1905, it was the largest factory in the world and was built using a patented type of reinforced concrete that could support very heavy machinery.
Today, a visitor will see artifacts of that earlier time, particularly when walking through the 100 Building. This week NSIV was fortunate to receive a wonderful piece of that history, a large colorful gate valve handle that now proudly sits in our lobby. It was used as part of the infrastructure on the site for controlling water flow, perhaps at Shoe Pond. Be sure to check it out next time you visit us.