Crunden-Martin Manufacturing Co.
Crunden-Martin formed in 1891 as a result of the merger of Udell & Crunden (founded in 1876 as Udell, Schmieding and Company) and the Martin Wooden Ware Company (founded in 1890). At the time, St. Louis dominated the wooden and willow ware market, a category of consumer goods that included buckets, casks, tubs, ladles, bread bowls, and baskets. Crunden-Martin quickly became the second largest supplier in this category, second to the Samuel Cupples Woodenware Co.
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