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Working Through the Great Depression

Despite struggling times in America during the Great Depression, Findorff still persevered in its growth as an established contractor. As such, the Company made two important additions to its equipment inventory. In 1936, Findorff bought its first crane for construction at Oscar Mayer. Shortly afterwards, Findorff bought a concrete pump to complete construction of the first addition to the State Office Building. In keeping with the Company’s conservative business practices, both items were purchased secondhand. Additionally, the concrete pump was so useful on the State Office Building and other work that former President Harold Hastings developed a sentimental attachment to it and kept it in the Company’s yard long after it became obsolete.

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