The Barrel Business
In Borshivka, near Tetiev, Sam Klausner had become a cooper - he made wooden barrels. He had a barrel-making business in the yard of his house, taught his sons the trade and also employed others.
Sam and his sons Nathan and Ben began by peddling used barrels. In 1923 Sam Klausner started Klausner Cooperage with a small shop near their home on East 51st Avenue near Woodland Avenue. Son Jake would soon join them. With Nathan and Ben leading the way and Jake supervising manufacturing, the business grew rapidly. It moved to 5207 Grant Avenue in Newburgh Heights where it had more land, better transportation for the oak coming in and the finished barrels being shipped out.
Bea Gray, Nathan
Klausner's daughter, writes:
Klausner Cooperage's oak barrels were being sold to major distillers and sales were good, even during prohibition (1920 to 1933) and through the Depression years too.
An old business letterhead
In the Klausner barrel factory, about 1930
Cooperage, an aerial view
Street View from
Klausner Cooperage's business declined in
the 1950's. The company turned its interest to making
oak stair treads and then ceased operating in the early