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WWII US Propeller Manufacturing Sites
Below is information on the number of automatic controllable pitch propellers built

Company Location Propellers Built Remarks
Aeroproducts Div. of GM Vandalia, OH 20,773 It was located east of the Dayton airport as part of the Delphi facility.  The plant was originally constructed in 1940 to produce hollow blade propellers, which had been invented by two local persons in Dayton, OH.  However, the process involved extensive forging and welding, of which GM had ample experience.  General Motors bought the technology and built the plant in Vandalia to manufacture the hollow blade propellers.  After WWII Aeroproducts became a division of Allison Division of GM and continued to produce propellers until 1961.  The building was then occupied by the Inland Division of GM which later turned into the Chassis Division of Delphi. The Building was torn down in 2008.  
See my Plant Photo Page
Canadian Propellers Ltd. Longueil, Quebec 12,497  
Curtiss Wright Beaver, PA 144,863 There are several references to Curtiss Wright having a plant on the near west side of Indianapolis, IN.  However, to date I have not been able to substantiate this.
Frigidaire Div of GM Dayton, OH 76,626 Frigidaire Division of General Motors was responsible for the production of all  B-29 propellers.  This was a Hamilton Standard design built under license.  Other models were also built at this location.
Hamilton Standard East Hartford, CT 233,021  
Nash-Kelvinator Lansing, MI 158,134 Hamilton Standard Props.  Original production began in the former Reo plant on South Cedar Street to the east of the main Reo complex and after WWII became John Bean.  After expansion to the Mt. Hope plant propeller hubs were the main product.
Production later expanded to another former Reo Truck plant at Mt. Hope and Washington.  Motor Wheel used it for a while after WWII and then about 1960 it was the site of the first big box discount store in Lansing.  This plant became propeller manufacturing and final assembly.
Besides the 158,134 propeller assemblies completed here were another 85,656 spare blades.  Note that this plant, at which my grandfather was in charge of propeller balancing produced the second highest amount of props by the US in WWII.  The propeller included both three and four blade configurations that included the four bladed type for the F4U Corsair and A-26 Invader. More can be found at: 
Nash-Kelvinator Propellers

Nash-Kelvinator in WWII
Remington-Rand Johnson City, NY 62,354 Remington-Rand built Hamilton Standard Propellers at this location.  This 600,000 square foot all wood plant was built in 1942 on 30 acres and still exists today as a Lockheed Martin facility.  It is AFP59.  See more including photo at: Global Security

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