69 year-old stamping press gets a rest
May 7, 2020
For the last 44 years a 14 foot tall, 150 ton press, owned by Reinke Shakes, has been standing in what was once the Yost Lumber Yard, of Hebron and manufactures shingles. The press stamped its last shingle on April 24.
This stamping press was built for the military in October of 1951. It was bought by Reinke Mfg. Co. in 1976 to stamp out Reinke Shakes metal shingles. At that time the machine had never been used and still had cosmoline (a wax) coating over the entire structure. Every shingle sold by the company, millions of them, was made in this press till 2019 when a new roll-forming an...