National Geographic : 1955 Feb
IH+ I BH II ^^^^^ !I 204 National Geographic Photographer Bates Littlehales + An 18,000-ton Press Forges Parts for Jet Planes In 1883 two graduates of Worcester Polytechnic Institute leased a small shop in Worcester to make textile machinery. The Wyman-Gordon Company, as it was called, still occupies the same property, but it has expanded into one of the country's largest producers of aircraft forgings. Monster presses like this one shape engine, wheel, and structural parts in the firm's new plant at near-by North Grafton. - > Jet engine impellers, forged in the press above, cool on the floor. An employee checks shaft sizes with calipers.