Shortly after its construction, factory workers and management began to purchase or lease residences throughout Irvington. It would be an easy walk or a quick drive to work. During World War II, the factory became instrumental into contributing to the "arsenal of democracy." Sons followed their fathers into the plant as workers brought home decent wages. A similar story unfolded when Navistar moved in.
Today, the factory is silent as are many nearby. In the spring of 2018, demolition crews have been working around the clock to dismantle this once vibrant place. The Irvington Historical Society has been documenting the lives and stories of the workers at the plants. If you are in the Indianapolis area, be sure to stop by the Bona Thompson Center and check out the rooms dedicated to this era of Irvington's history.
|The former International Harvester/ Navistar plant in the spring of 2018|
|Coming Down: The International Harvester/ Navistar factory at 5565 Brookville Road (spring, 2018)|