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Davis Industries, headquartered in Chicago, was organized in 1904. In 1926, the company looked to Kokomo to start a manufacturing plant to expand their mail-order radio business and signed a contract to use the Haynes Automobile assembly building in March of that year (the building is shown above). After some delay in getting financed, the company started installing equipment in early 1927. The Kokomo plant became their chief manufacturing facility, assembling radio and phonograph cabinets and making cabinet novelties and furniture. Due to the depression, the company saw its orders plummet. It put its workers on part-time work in an attempt to save the company but to no avail. The company shuttered its assembly operation in September 1930. 

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