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In 1982, a century-old metal-forming pressing machine, one of the earliest manufactured by the E.W. Bliss Company, entered into the collections of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution to be the focus of a display in the Museum's Tool Hall. The press was one of two original presses purchased by company founder Charles Batka, Sr. and came to the attention of the Smithsonian through a competition held by the Bliss firm in 1975 to discover the whereabouts of the company's earliest operable press. Before its retirement in 1974 and subsequent move from the facility in New Jersey, among the last jobs of this press was the production of electrical containers for the Apollo space flight program.
Formerly Hudson Tool & Die, Co., the company was founded in 1940 by Czech immigrant Charles Batka, Sr. in Hudson County, New Jersey. A second facility opened in 1969 in Ormond Beach, Florida. The company was purchased in 1984 by JSJ , a privately held US corporation based in Grand Haven, Michigan. In 1991 all operations were consolidated to the plant in Ormond Beach and the New Jersey facility was closed. In 2007, the company changed its name to Hudson Technologies.
- The Bliss Drawing Press, 1982 by Smithsonian Institution