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G. R. SHILLING ANNOUNCES THE OSBORN ENGINEERING COMPANY'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

 G. R. SHILLING ANNOUNCES THE OSBORN ENGINEERING COMPANY'S
 100TH ANNIVERSARY
 CLEVELAND, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1992 National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-21) holds a special significance for The Osborn Engineering Company, for the company is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. George Shilling, Osborn's chairman, proudly states, "For a century, the company has been contributing to the growth and development of Cleveland, the state of Ohio, many parts of the country and numerous foreign countries. On February 29, we will kick off our celebration when we hold our Centennial Ball at the Crawford Auto Museum. Local dignitaries, corporate clientele and company personnel will join in celebrating the firm's rich heritage and its embarking on a second century of progress."
 On July 1, 1892 Frank Osborn resigned his position as chief engineer of the King Bridge Company and immediately formed The Osborn Company, Civil Engineers. In early 1900, The Osborn Engineering Company was incorporated in the state of Ohio and its services expanded to carry on "General, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Mining Engineering, and other like businesses; also doing general contracting for constructing buildings, bridges, railroads, factories and other like structures and the equipment thereof," as stated in the handwritten articles of incorporation.
 The company continues in 1992 as a major Architect-Engineering firm with 110 professional and technical personnel and has departments in architecture, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, process and transporation engineering.
 Osborn has maintained offices at several locations in the city of Cleveland and has been located in the Atrium Office Plaza, 668 Euclid Avenue, for the past 25 years.
 Officers are George R. Shilling, chairman; Robert M. Namen, president; Kurt K. Rim, executive vice president; and vice presidents, William J. Tanruther, Ramon E. Campbell, Lee V. Hooper, Dale L. Swearingen and Eugene P. Baxendale.
 Early work related to railroad and vehicle bridges and structural engineering for factories and public buildings. Examples of these early bridges include the Abbey Avenue Viaduct, the Big Four Rolling Lift Bridge over the Cuyahoga River and the "Y" Bridge at Zanesville, Ohio. Engineering was provided for such Cleveland landmarks as Public Hall, Gray's Armory, Cleveland Trust, the Union Club and the Rose Building.
 Osborn pioneered stadium and ballpark design with League Park in 1909 and followed with such landmarks as The Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, Griffith Stadium, Fenway Park, Sportsman's Park, Comisky Park, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and Three Rivers Stadium. One of Yankee Stadium's octagon shaped ticket booths is preserved in the Smithsonian Institute accompanied by Osobrn's original drawing. The firm is currently completing the structural engineering for the new Gateay ballpark.
 Collegiate athletic projects like the Ohio State University Gym in 1906 were followed by countless gyms, stadiums, grandstands and field houses on campuses all over the country, including Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, West Point and Notre Dame, to name a few.
 At the turn of the century, manufacturing plants were designed for the rubber, chemical, coatings, metal working industires and general manufacturing. Clients included such well known names as Goodyear, Firestone, Glidden, National Carbon, Sherwin-Williams and others. Many of these organizations continue as current clients for new facilities and renovations to those previously designed.
 Frank Osborn pioneered the use of steel and reinforced concrete construction. His book, "Osborn's Table of Moments of Inertia," published in 1886, was used by engineers for 40 years until it was incorporated in The American Institue of Steel Construction Handbook in 1924. Osborn was an early member of The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and maintained a materials testing laboratory in his offices for many years.
 Osborn Engineering continues as a major player in architecture and engineering. Their demonstrated expertise is utilized to satisfy the needs of clientele in the design of office buildings, research laboratories, computer sites, manufacturing facilities, process controls, sports facilities, roads and bridges and all manners of renovations. To accomplish these designs, they utilize in-house expertise in architecture as well as civil, structural, mechanical, process and electrical engineering.
 Some current projects include research and development laboratories for Rubbermaid, Lubrizol and General Electric, the structural engineering for Gateway Ballpark, a new Package Facility for Roadway Services and transportation projects, including the Abbey Avenue Viaduct replacement and the renovation of the Fulton Road Bridge over the MetroParks Zoo.
 Osborn's president, Robert M. Namen, reflects, "Osborn has perservered through a century of exceptional change with a never wavering commitment to integrity and professionalism. These principles have guided us through the first 100 years and we look forward to continuing them in serving clients and friends in the century to come."
 EDITOR'S NOTE: Osborn's Centennial Booklet and numerous vintage and recent photographs are available upon request.
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