41000 Plymouth Rd ~ Burroughs

5 Apr


Designed by Albert Kahn in 1938, this is home of Burroughs Inc (at one time Burroughs Adding Machine Co.) For several years, Burroughs was consider a major manufacturer of business equipment. Later, Burroughs was selling more than adding machines, including typewriters. But the biggest shift in company history came in 1953: the Burroughs Adding Machine Company was renamed the Burroughs Corporation and began moving into computer products, initially for banking institutions.This company has been around for over 100 years and has played a role in both Plymouth & World history. Many of their early products are on display at the Plymouth Historical Museum.

To see more information visit: http://michiganexposures.blogspot.com/2011/08/burroughs-plant-plymouth.html also check out:http://www.burroughs.com/AboutUs.aspx

Below is a photo of Burroughs when it still had theĀ smoke stack bearing the company name:burroughs


3 Responses to “41000 Plymouth Rd ~ Burroughs”

  1. Mark Oppat January 10, 2017 at 7:51 PM #

    Sadly, the original large brick smokestack that said “Burroughs” in brick was torn down in the 1990’s as the new owners (Unisys) did not want the old name around. Approximately 2014, Burroughs was spun back off from Unisys, so its back to being Burroughs again ! Would have been neat if the huge money spent to tear down the smokestack had been donated to the Plymouth Preservation Network instead !

    • Jim Skelly January 11, 2019 at 10:26 AM #


      Actually, the Federal Aviation Administration wanted the height of smokestacks reduced due to the hazard it poses for airplanes. Many other smokestacks have been reduced on schools and factories.

    • Chuck Sudekum August 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM #

      It was the CEO of Unisys (a merger of Burroughs & Sperry) at the time that wanted it removed and provided the funds for the project. The white bricks that spelled out the name “Burroughs” were sold to employees and the funds generated were donated to benefit McClumpha Park.
      There are pictures from the teardown, but darned if I can find them.

      A little informational tidbit; The smokestack was 175 feet tall and mounted on the top of the old power house which was 55 feet tall.
      FAA restricts “obstructions” from being no higher than 499 feet.

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