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This 1942 patriotic advertisement from the Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, seems to attribute America's place as "the most powerful nation on earth" at least partially to the Greenfield, Massachusetts Threadwell Company's precision tools that made mass production possible. During World War II (WWII), Threadwell manufactured taps and dies in great quantities. When German bombers leveled the English city of Coventry and its threading tool industries, Threadwell became the major supplier of British standard threading tools. It also made cutting tools used in rifling the Garand rifle, the .30 and .50 caliber machine guns manufactured by the Springfield Armory. Threadwell was the third largest employer in Greenfield during WWII with nearly 400 employees.