Shelby County, Indiana
Shelbyville Furniture Companies
Davis - Birely Table Company
Picture submitted by George Young
Davis Birely Table Company, 250 Elizabeth Street, 1901-1938
In 1942, National Farm Machinery Co Co-Op bought the building.
In 1952, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co bought the building complex.
In 1978, Knauf Fiber Glass began operations here.
The Shelby Democrat
The Davis-Birely Table Co., oldest
furniture manufacturing concern in Shelbyville, known as the Furniture City of
the "Middle West," has featured the fortieth year of its business
activities by establishing a group insurance program for its employees.
Issued on a cooperative basis, where by the employer and employes jointly pay
the premiums, the insurance went into effect shortly before Xmas. More
than 95 per cent of the workers are covered for a total of $187,000 life
protection, and health and accident insurance carrying individual benefits of $8
a week for a maximum period of 26 weeks. Each insured employee has $1,000
life insurance protection.
January 15, 1925
Page 5, Column 2
DAVIS - BIRELY TAKES
UP GROUP INSURANCE
Of the employes insured,
100 have been with the Davis-Birley Co. 16 years or more, while 15 of the number
have been in the company's employe 30 years. The owners, officers and
foremen have all risen to their present positions from the ranks.
Supplementing the actual
provisions of the policy are certain service features arranged by the insurance
company for its group policy holders. These include a free visiting nurse
service and the distribution of health booklets.
In announcing the group
program, Charles Birely, president f the company, explained that
while it has been the policy fo the Davis-Birely company to avoid attempting to
control employes' earnings, or to divert to benefit plans or welfare work sums
which otherwise might find their way into the pay envelope, it seems, however,
to our plain duty to provide not only the most efficient equipment and methods,
but to offer freely to our employes the advantages which our position as
employer gives to us.
"In line with this
thought, the offer we are making you today is an offer of protection, which no
individual could possibly buy for himself at anything like the cost and which a
great many individuals can not buy for themselves at any price because of the
condition of their health."
"We feel that it
represents a wonderful opportunity for every employe and we are glad to pay our
share of the cost."
The Davis-Birley Table
Co., was organized in July 1884. Its first weekly payroll has grown from
$16.60 to $6,000. At the beginning of operations the plant occupied 1,000
square feet of floor space. To carry on the company's business now
requires three large buildings, four stories high, while the buildings and yard
cover five acres.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming