Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Conro Manufacturing Company

Conro Roundup Brand    -    Con-Ro Work and Play Styled Clothing
Conro Mfg, Co., Inc.
615 N. Good St.  -  Telephone TAYLOR - 9974

Good Street, where Conro made its home is now called Good-Latimer. Conro's manufacturing plant was located on the west side of the street in the general area of the old Good Latimer Tunnel and approximately across the street from where Standard Supply stands. 

The first mention I found of Conro was 1942 when they were looking for 500 experienced machine operators to make government uniforms for the army. That sounds like a start up operation.  Conro was one of about a dozen companies, including Dickies, that manufactured clothing for the armed forces. The Conro plant manufactured denim work jackets and denim work trousers like these: 
After the war Conro sold slightly more stylish work clothes through several department stores in West Texas, and maybe other places. They also sponsored a radio show in 1945-46 called Conro Roundup on KRBC Radio in Abilene. By 1965 the plant had moved from its Good Street location to 4044 Commerce Street just east of I30 on the north side of Commerce. I found no mention of Conro after 1965, and few or no traces of its buildings remain at either of its sites.

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