For this week's Epstein Throwback Thursday we take a trip back to February, 1959 for the opening of the Chicago Metallic Manufacturing Company's Bakery Division facility located in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Situated in what was at the time a rolling rural setting, the Chicago Metallic building was an 80,000 square foot one-story structural steel frame facility that manufactured metal pans and molds for use in commercial, industrial, foodservice and retail baking markets.
Chicago Metallic was founded in Chicago's south side in 1898 and remained there for over 50 years before moving into this Epstein designed and engineered facility. Chicago Metallic used this Lake Zurich facility for another 50 years, including a couple expansions that brought the facility to nearly 300,000 square feet. In 2005, Chicago Metallic was acquired by the American Pan Company is now part of the Bundy Baking Solutions family of companies.
Additionally, this facility, located at 800 Ela Road, just south of the Rand/Ela Road intersection, is no longer being used by Chicago Metallic, but is now home to D&W Fine Pack, a company that provides a wide range of products serving the foodservice and food packaging industry. And from Google street views it seems like the mid-century modern office façade has really not be altered. The winged canopy entrance is still intact and the steel and glass entrance looks to be in good shape as well. You can even see the bright blue color of the spandrel panels.