Shear, scissor, ruler, and medical goods manufacturer - Acme Shear started in 1876 as a small workshop on Barnum Avenue that made butter dishes, cutlery, and cast shears. By 1946, it had grown into the largest shears, scissors, and surgical items manufacturer in the world and had produced over one half billion shears. Acme filled large orders for bandage shears from the U.S. military during WWII. During the war, Acme instituted a company nursery to serve as day care for the children of female workers. Innovative personnel director, Michael Kane, recognized that well trained, skilled women workers encountered problems finding suitable child-care for their babies that could prevent them from remaining Acme. Acme Shear continued to grow after the War as a manufacturer of scissors, shears, rulers, and knives for home use, and bought several factories in the U.S. and Europe. As recently as 1989, it bought the German firm Emil Schlemperer GmbH & Co. for $3,000,000 and a New Jersey medical products business for $6,000,000 in 1991. But in 1996, after a series of corporate losses and consolidations, Acme finally closed its Hick Street plant in Bridgeport and moved its U.S. operations to a Freemont, North Carolina facility. During the company's tenure in Bridgeport, Acme was noted for its skilled work force and hand inspection of its products.