Harvard Company and Weber Dental Manufacturing Company

The Harvard Company and Weber Dental Manufacturing Company are former dental furniture and equipment manufacturers in Canton, Ohio.

The Harvard Company was founded by Frank E. Case, a lawyer, inventor, and businessman from Canton who designed and patented the first reclining dental chair. 1

In 1896, Case hired Guy Tilden, a well-respected local architect, to design a purpose-built factory on 13th Street Northeast. 1 Tilden designed a mammoth complex featuring Romanesque architectural styles and included a fireproof three-story tower used to store documents.

Weber Dental Manufacturing Company, founded as a dental furniture factory on South Cherry Avenue in 1898, acquired the Harvard Company in 1937. 1 4 Weber Dental opted to use the existing Harvard Company facilities. By the 1960s, with 320 employees, Weber Dental was the world’s largest dental furniture and X-ray machine manufacturer. 4

The Stern Metals Corporation acquired Weber Dental for $5 million in 1968 and operated It as a subsidiary. 4 The company announced that the Weber Dental subsidiary would cease operations in April 1977 after attempts to sell it failed. 5 The closure would affect only 18 employees.

An arson consumed a significant portion of the factory on October 27, 2011. 3 In June 2013, after years of abandonment, the Joseph A. Jeffries Company of Louisville proposed a new 26-acre industrial park on the site of the former Weber Dental and Ohio Cast Products site. 1 2 The Canton Community Improvement Corporation (CCIC) acquired 17 previously foreclosed parcels for $564. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency conducted the first phase of an environmental cleanup shortly after. 1



  1. Rink, Matthew. “New industrial park planned for NE Canton.” Canton Repository 19 Jun. 2013: n.p. Web.
  2. Matas, Alison. “Environmental remediation planned for former Weber Dental site.” Canton Repository 9 Nov. 2015: n.p. Web.
  3. Monseqicz, Lori. “Blaze at former Weber Dental Building labeled as arson.” Canton Repository 28 Oct. 2011: n.p. Web.
  4. “Canton Firm to be Acquired.” Akron Beacon Journal 14 Nov. 1968: C17. Print.
  5. “Weber Dental is closing.” Akron Beacon Journal 2 Apr. 1977: A5. Print.

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