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Washburn Wire Factory (site of)

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Once, one of the largest manufacturing plants in Manhattan
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At its peak, this manufacturer of extruded wire employed 800 workers and ranked among the largest manufacturing plants in Manhattan. The three-block plant closed in the late 1970s and is slated for demolition as of 2004. A big-box development housing a Home Depot and Costco is proposed for the site. The Washburn Wire complex is located in the middle of East Harlem, which was one of the largest "little Italys" in the country in the early 1900s.