Metz Leaves American Motor Company

Metz Leaves American Motor Company
Motorcycle Illustrated
January 15, 1909
Page #8

C.H. Metz for three years mechanical head off the American Motor
Brockton, Mass., announces his retirement from that firm. He
has purchased the Waltham Manufacturing Company’s plant, at
Mass. This concern makes the Orient automobile, and by his new
acquirement Mr Metz becomes the largest individual operator of an
automobile plant in
America, the capacity of the Orient factory being
5,000 cars a season.


Since 1882 Mr. Metz has had experience along the
inventing, manufacturing and selling end of bicycles, motorcycles

and automobiles. He is a man of undeniable inventive talent, as well as a
practical man. He started in 1882 as an enthusiastic rider of the
high wheel bicycle. In 1885 he was the champion racing man in central
New York State, his home being in Utica.


In 1886 he commenced to manufacture bicycle attachments.

In 1891 he led the crusade for lighter bicycle construction; in 1893

he organized the Waltham Manufacturing Company, makers of the

Orient bicycle, which concern he has just bought. And he increased

their output in three years up to 4,500 machines per annum, while in

1897 the total number of machines manufactured was 15,000.


In 1898, the concern started to manufacture automobiles, and also,

for the first time, produced a motorcycle. In 1902 they built Metz motorcycle,

and on this Mr. Metz made a mile record straightaway of 1.10 2-5, which

was an extraordinary record for those days. In 1905 Mr. Metz affiliated

himself with the American Motor Company, and the next year, marketed

 the Marsh-Metz motorcycles. Surely this is a fine record, and no doubt Mr.

Metz will still further enhance it in his now enterprise.

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