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After years of machining and blacksmithing, S.R. Morris moved into a former produce building on the corner of Oak and A Streets.
In 1945 he founded Oak Street Tank and Steel at that site.
With the business located next to a railroad siding for delivery of steel, Morris' company produced storage tanks for fuel and water.
The business has remained in the Morris family for over 80 years from S.R. to Harry to Gene to Jim. Jim's sister Chris manages the office.
Oak Street Tank and Steel was a fixture in Ashland's railroad district until it relocated to the outskirts of town in 2000.
As an industrial manufacturer, the building appropriately sported a loud whistle that would loudly sound during the workday for lunch and coffee breaks.

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