The industry of war is nothing new to the United States. As far back as the Civil War, the industrial might of New York played a key role in supporting the eventual success of the armies we fed.
You have likely heard a great deal about the invocation of the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law born from the early needs of the Cold War that allows the Federal Government to entice private industry into the production of products and materials with a national interest (in 2020 the desperate need for face masks and ventilators). The impetus of this act came from the highly successful mobilization of the industry in service to the needs of the two World Wars. Auburn, her citizens, and her factories were key contributors to these efforts.
Take a look at some of Auburn’s past industries and how they stepped up for the country’s production needs: