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Odenbach Plant Historic Sign Unveiling

This morning, on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich will unveil a historic marker for an important manufacturing site of ocean-going ships for the United States Army during World War II near the corner of Dewey Avenue and Ling Road.

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation contributed funds and worked together with the Town of Greece to help make this sign a reality. An unveiling of the historic marker will take place at the former site of the Odenbach Shipbuilding Corporation today, December 7th at 11:00 AM.

John H. Odenbach owned the Odenbach Shipbuilding Corporation, which broke ground in 1942. At its peak, the plant employed over 1,500 people and produced over fifty coastal tankers and derrick barges before the end of the war in 1945.

In conjunction with the sign unveiling, the Odenbach family has graciously gifted the town a large model ship that will be on display at the Greece Community and Senior Center. The Greece Historical Society is currently featuring a display of the Odenbach Shipbuilding Corporation that will be moved to the Town of Greece Library for the month of January.

“I am thrilled to unveil this historic marker that the Town of Greece has been awarded through funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation,” said Supervisor Reilich in a statement. “The Odenbach Shipbuilding Corporation played a significant role during a critical time in our nation’s history and it deserves to be recognized for its importance.”