Chelsea Clock Welcomes the Governor of Massachusetts
By Aaron Recksiek, CW21
The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, visited Chelsea Clock in September to dedicate Chelsea’s new headquarters in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Governor Baker was joined by state and city representatives as well as the Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Jay Ash. The political entourage was met by Chelsea Clock CEO, JK Nicholas, and all the employees and invited guests of the Chelsea Clock Company.
Governor Baker received a Chelsea Clock as a gift in 1998. The people he had worked with pooled their money and presented him with a Presidential Clock as he was concluding his time in state government. Governor Baker gave a special speech at the dedication and honored the company for being a “national treasure” and “holding the living memory of Massachusetts’s history.”
A week earlier, the Chelsea Clock Company held a private event with employees and family members where each of the 40 employees was presented with an engraved brick from the original factory to serve as a memento of all the history that took place there, and to thank them for their hard work as they made the transition to the new location. The move concluded a monumental undertaking of moving, tracking, and organizing over 100,000 spare parts and 55 pieces of manufacturing equipment. This has been the only move for the 118-year-old company since their founding in 1897.
For more information on the Chelsea Clock Company, read the review of the second edition of Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years in an upcoming issue of Horological Times.
Aaron Recksiek is an independent watchmaker in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a graduate of the 2008 WOSTEP class at the Lititz Watch Technicum.