What did Bastian Blessing make?

Zane of Grand Haven asked, "I've heard of a company called Bastian Blessing in Grand Haven's past. What did they make?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 7, 2013

ANSWER:

The Bastian Blessing Co. was founded in Chicago in 1908 by two friends named Bastian and Blessing. They made fountain parts, carbonators and brass goods, according to Dr. Dave Seibold in his local history tome, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny."

By 1930, the company had moved its entire operation to Grand Haven's east side to manufacture complete soda fountains.

"Bastian Blessing became one of the area's largest employers, with upwards of 230 men and women," Seibold noted. "Beset with sales and union problems, the company closed its doors in 1989."

Word is, the only remaining complete Bastian Blessing soda fountain, counter and stools still in operation anywhere is in Grand Haven — at Pfaff's Pharmacy, 1125 Washington Ave.

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Comments

rukidding

And, that is a wonderful soda fountain still!

Wolverine49457

Maybe quality to a fault costs sales, I recall we had Bastian Blessing equipment in a restaurant where I washed dishes (in Tulsa OK); I thought it was a malt mixer made by them, not sure but I remember seeing the name, that would have been around 1975.

gordbzz231

soda fountains and stainless steel components for the food industry, to bad that they dont make them here or anywhere, it was good in the 60,s and 70,s, the something happened in 80,s business was going down and failing, my dad worked for them for 25 years, it was good job, then the pink slips started to come and many people got laid off, then the company tried to restructure and hire young smart kids, again failed, the doors where locked, foreign trade was the blame, i suspect

SLNativeSince1864

My grandfather retired from here and my father and uncle were both successful drafsmen in the 70's for them. They helped educate them to both take on successful careers after closing.

SLNativeSince1864

My grandfather retired from here and my father and uncle were both successful drafsmen in the 70's for them. They helped educate them to both take on successful careers after closing.

christopher

There is also a very nice Bastian Blessing soda fountain display in the Tri-Cities Historical Museum on Washington. Admission is free . . . so be sure to check it out.

SCH39339

I was told by my parents before they passed away, BB during WW2 made airplane propellers.

mlouiswolf

There is a fairly complete looking BB assembly on Ebay with a "buy-it-now" price of $3,500. Has the little bins and covers for the sundae condiments. It'd be cool to have in someone's Rec Room.

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