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This Day in Georgia History

March 30, 1942

Construction of Bell Bomber Plant Began

To view an image of the interior of the plant, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Construction of the Bell Aircraft plant in Marietta officially began on this day. Present for the ground breaking were Marietta Mayor L.M. (Rip) Blair, Cobb County Commissioner George McMillan, County Attorney James V. Carmichael, and Atlanta Chamber of Commerce officials Ivan Allen, Sr., and Frank Shaw - all key forces in the effort to bringing Bell to Georgia. The grading contract for the main building and railroad sidings went to W. Florence Construction Company of Powder Springs. The Atlanta firm of Robert & Company got the contract to build the plant. Under the direction of the U.S. Corps of Engineers and Bell Aircraft Corporation, Robert & Company would be responsible for architectural-engineering management. A G. Stanford, a Georgia Tech graduate, was named as the resident engineer in charge of the project. On November 9, 1942, the contract to build the Bell Bomber Administration Building would be awarded to Atlanta contractors Hardin & Ramsey. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]