New Exhibit on the History of the Rohr Aircraft Corporation Will Open January 29 at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum
Jan 18, 2017 05:20PM
● By Paul Spear
The South Bay Historical Society Will Have a New Exhibit on the History of the Rohr Aircraft Corporation Will Open January 29 at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum in Chula VistaA new exhibit on the history of the Rohr Aircraft Corporation will open January 29 at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum in the Chula Vista Civic Library at 365 F Street. The exhibit will open at 3:30 pm following a talk in the Auditorium at 2:30 by Steve Schoenherr on the history of Rohr. The company that was founded on the bayfront in 1940 had a profound impact on the history of Chula Vista and the aircraft industry. It was the world's largest producer of engine power packages from World War II to the 1990s. Fred Rohr pioneered the concept of a "feeder" subcontractor supplying vital airplane components to the factory where the plane was assembled. He developed new tools such as the drop hammer and new materials such as honeycombed titanium. The company employed up to 10,000 workers in its 67 buildings on 162 acres along the Chula Vista bayfront from G Street to J Street. The influence of the Rohr weekly payroll was dramatically demonstrated in 1954 when Fred Rohr paid his workers in silver dollars, flooding the community with bags of coins.