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The Cavalier Corporation Histories and Balance Sheets digital collection features corporate histories and balance sheets that document the company's production of soda machines, coolers, and picnic chests for Coca-Cola.

Age is not necessarily of any great importance in a company, except that one that has been doing business for a long time has proven that it has considerable stability. The forerunner of this company was a saw mill, started in 1865, almost 100 years ago. The present company, however, was the result of a consolidation in the early years of the present century, and it has been operated in substantially its present form since 1917.

What is Cavalier Corporation?

During the Depression in the 1930s, the Cavalier division of the Tennessee Furniture Company began a long-standing business relationship with the Coca-Cola Company. Calling itself “Cavalier”, they made soda machines, coolers and picnic chests. In 1938 the company name was officially changed to the Cavalier Corporation. The Cavalier Corporation made products exclusively for Coca-Cola through the 1960s. The Cavalier Corporation was responsible for many “firsts” in the vending market, including being the first to manufacture a vending machine that able to dispense both bottles and cans of soda. In the 1960s the Cavalier Cavalier was taken over by the Seeburg Corporation. Seeburg was subsequently taken over by a succession of companies. In 1987 the Cavalier division filed for bankruptcy and was spun off as an employee-owned company. The company closed in August 2000.

 
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