Perfection Musical String Co. in Brunswick, near Cedar Lake, manufactured a million violin, viola, cello and bass strings a year.
George N. Einsele’s small factory used the intestines of sheep and hogs from the Chicago Stockyards to make an estimated 95 percent of the musical strings used in symphony orchestras, schools and other areas in the United States.
Lake County Historian Bruce Woods shared information from the Lake County Museum about the company. Einsele was born in Brunswick and served as a a locomotive engineer for about 20 years, working for the C.&E.I. Railroad, between Danville to Chicago.
Perfection Musical String Co. was the only string manufacturing establishment in this part of the country; there were several "string winders" on the East Coast. The company employed 15 people, producing an average of 3,000 strings a day.
After the plant closed, its machines were sold to companies elsewhere that continue to use them.
(Photo by: Damian Rico, The Times)