Virtual Community: Business and Industry  

F.H. Berk Agricultural Implements
Morgan Township Elevator (Okeana)
Oxford Agriculture
Morgan Township Agriculture
Wayne Township Agriculture


First National (Hamilton)
First National (Okeana)
Oglesby and Barnitz (Middletown)
Second National (Hamilton)

Boots & Shoes

Boettinger Shoes (Hamilton)
Miami Boot and Shoe (Hamilton)
John Winkler Shoes (Seven Mile)


Cincinnati Brewing Company (Hamilton)
Martin Mason Brewery (Hamilton)
Miami Distilling Company  (Hamilton)
Sohngen Malt House (Hamilton)
Peter Weber Saloon (Middletown)
Williams Saloon (Hamilton)


Augspurger Hardware (Trenton)
George Davies Blacksmith (Shandon)
Grimmer and Long Stoves (Hamilton)
Matthias Stoves (Hamilton)
Moebus Stoves (Hamilton)
Schaefer Brothers Blacksmith (Trenton)


Beck Hotel (Trenton)
Hamilton House
Manchester Inn (Middletown)
St. Charles Hotel (Hamilton)
Straub House (Hamilton)


Aeronca Aircraft (Middletown)
Autographic Register (Hamilton)
American Can Company (Hamilton)
American Frog and Switch (Hamilton)
American Rolling Mill/ARMCO 
American Tobacco (Middletown)
Butler County Lumber (Hamilton)
H.P. Deuscher Foundry (Hamilton)
Eagle Woodenware (Hamilton)
Economy Pumps (Hamilton)
Estate Stove/Kahn Brothers (Hamilton)
Ford Motor (Hamilton)
General Machinery (Hamilton)
Hamilton Foundry and Machine
Hamilton Tile
Hooven, Owens, Rentschler
Long and Allstatter Co. (Hamilton)
MacNeale and Urban Safe (Hamilton)
Fred J. Meyers Co. (Hamilton)
Miami Cycle and Manufacturing
Mosler Safe (Hamilton)
Niles Tool Works (Hamilton)
Ritchie and Dyer
Shuler and Benninghofen Woolen Mills
Trenton Cooperage
Trenton Foundry
Trenton Saw Mill


Beckett Paper (Hamilton)
Champion Paper (Hamilton)
Gardner and Harvey (Middletown)
Oglesby (Middletown)

Retail/General Stores

Walter Brown Cigars (Hamilton)
Chamberlain Confectionary (Trenton)
Creighton and Hooven Furniture
DeBord Brothers (Maud)
Ehresman Store (Trenton)
Elder-Beerman Department Store
Peter Hester Cigars (Hamilton)
Pabst Bottlers (Hamilton)
Odin Schmidt Grocery (Trenton)
Rogers and Reutti Furniture
Schradin and Walther Store (Shandon)


H.S. Coulter Filling Station (Oxford)
Nein Brothers, Undertakers (Hamilton)
Otto Coke (New Miami)
Oxford Steam Laundry
C.B. Palmer Mill (Middletown)
Pugh Mill (Oxford)
Shandon Milling
Wirtz Transfer (Hamilton)
Business and Industry in
Butler County

Butler County has enjoyed a wide array of industry and business.  The cities of Hamilton and Middletown attracted industries which manufactured hundreds of products including paper, steel, machine tools, safes, and bicycles.
A number of these companies were founded in the county and later established branch offices and facilities throughtout the United States.  Many have been world-wide leaders in their particular industry: Mosler (safes), Champion (coated paper), ARMCO (steel), and Hooven, Owens, Rentschler (machine tools).
Other companies were founded elsewhere, such as in Cincinnati, and moved to Hamilton or Middletown to build larger facilities.
The outlying townships were agricultural centers and have been the site of new development in recent years.  The City of Fairfield, founded in 1957, is still a young community having been carved out of Fairfield Township.  There has also been remarkable growth in other areas of the county including Liberty and Union (West Chester) townships.

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