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Lakewood Engineering Company | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: Lakewood Engineering Company


Historical Note:

Company History:

Lakewood Engineering Company was based in Cleveland, Ohio, until late 1930 or early 1931, when it relocated to Columbus, Ohio. Not to be confused with Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Company, a Chicago, Illinois-based manufacturer of fans, heaters and humidifiers, it was owned by Jaeger Machine Company (Collection 438) as a subsidiary from at least 1935 through c. 1949. During this time, form-riding concrete paving equipment was built using the Jaeger-Lakewood name. Jaeger ultimately absorbed Lakewood.

According to Highway Truck Mixer sales literature, Ackert Bickel, a contractor and engineer in Kansas City, Missouri, patented the first transit mixer, and in 1920 the first fleet of transit mixers was used on a road job in Kansas City. The Transit Mixer Company was founded in Kansas City to produce these machines, and its patent for a powered, truck-mounted transit mixer was acquired by Highway Truck Mixer Company (Collection 1740). Jaeger Machine Company (Collection 438) and Lakewood Engineering Company (Collection 1756) owned Highway Truck Mixer and manufactured its products in Columbus, Ohio. Apparently, Jaeger eventually merged Highway Truck Mixer into itself.

Serial number nomenclature:

Paving equipment used a date prefix, consisting of the last two numbers of the year of manufacture, followed by an “X”.

Publication numbering:

Most catalogs in this collection are numbered serially; for instance, Bulletin 26 discussed clamshell buckets, and the collection contains serially released bulletins 26A, 26B and 26C.






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