Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
CDC : And One That Was
Although the battle over the original plan for the Roseville plant dragged on until March, 1961, it is obvious that CDC management certainly had contingency plans in place and probably partially implemented before the original proposal was abandoned.
Large tracts in Bloomington had been set aside as early as 1954, some 3,000 acres still available in early 1961 and almost instantaneously announced plans for an later alternative facility in Bloomington, completion scheduled for October 1.
Both of the proposed sites were about 10-
The complex incorporated a three-
It was suggested that about 1,000 employees would be accommodated in the two buildings, but that the company would continue to maintain space at 501 Park avenue.
The announcement of the revised plans and the revelation that CDC had a backlog of orders of order $16 million saw the Common Stock issued in 1957 at a face value of $1 per share trading at $101.50 per share, leaping from around $40 in August, 1960.
The Bloomington proposal was said to be south of the eastern section of the Old Shakopee Road and 34th Avenue South “overlooking the Minnesota River Valley”; CDC records have the address as 8100 34th Avenue South.
Despite its quaint name, Old Shakopee Road is an extensive thoroughfare and finding the correct location (without indication of a street number) took several minutes, the reference to the river valley finally providing the clue.
After zooming in two or three times on the potential location, the real shock came when Google Maps identified it as the headquarters of Ceridean Corporation -
I’ve never been able to locate much on the eventual dissolution of CDC, but it seems apparent that the sale may have included the original Bloomington facility and that it appears CDC retained an occupancy there even after the completion of the multi-
I never got within coo-
The architect’s original impression of the later Bloomington proposal -
Above images of 8100 34th Avenue South, courtesy of Charles Babbage Institute : Left 1961, described as Mod A and apparently nearing completion, and right, 1962 and completed. The reference to “Mod A’ is intriguing -
|CDC : The Office|
|CDC : Early Executives|
|CDC : Frank Mullaney|
|Introducing the 1604|
|A Satellite Computer System|
|A Nebraskan's Success story|
|The Bill Norris Scrapbooks >>|
|And Cedar Engineering|
|Roseville :The Plant That Wasn't|
|Bloomington : And One That Was|
|1973 : The I.B.M. settlement|
|Facts for Management|
|Facts for Management|
|Facts for the technical staff|
|Control Data Corporation|
|Scrapbooks : V1 Pages 01-60|
|Scrapbooks : V1 Pages 61-120|
|Scrapbooks : V1 Pages 121-180|
|Scrapbooks : V1 Pages 181-215|
|Scrapbooks : V2 Pages 001-060|
|Scrapbooks : V2 Pages 61-180|
|Scrapbooks : V2 Pages 181-240|
|Scrapbooks : V2 Pages 241-300|
|Scrapbooks : V2 Pages 301-331|