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Soviet Commissions Detroit Jewish Architect to Design $4,000,000 Tractor Factories

May 8, 1929
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Albert Kahn, Detroit Jewish architect, has been commissioned by the Russian Soviet government to design and erect several manufacturing buildings along American lines, at Stalingrad, in Southern Russia, on the Volga River, near the Caspian Sea.

The buildings, six or seven in number, are to cost about $4,000,000 and will be used for the manufacture of tractors. The plant will have the capacity of about 40,000 tractors annually.

Mr. Kahn was elected by the members of the Amtorg Trading Co., American representatives of the Soviet Government. Members of the company inspected manufacturing plants in the United States and selected Mr. Kahn after examining his plans for Detroit automobile plants.

Mr. Kahn conferred with Henry Ford Saturday. Mr. Ford placed the resources of the Ford Motor Company at the disposal of Mr. Kahn and commissioned him to tell the Soviet government that the Ford designs, work methods or steel specifications are at its disposal.

Within the next two months a group of architects and builders from the Kahn organization will sail for Russia to start the work, which probably will take about 18 months.

Mr. Kahn last week was chosen by the “New York Times” to design its new building to be erected in Brooklyn.

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