Charles W. Attwood

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Charles W Atwood
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Conneaut, Ohio,
Wayne, Michigan
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Taubman College of Architecture
  • University of Michigan
Spouse(s)Florence Allmendinger
  • James W. Attwood
  • Warren Attwood
  • Willard Gordon Attwood
Parent(s)Sophia Tatgenhorst & William Attwood

Charles W Attwood (1891-1964) was the creator and later President of Unistrut, a system of precast metal frame construction. He sponsored building experiments with his creation at U-M[1]. Charles had a known friendship with Walt Disney that led to the creation of a Unistrut "Sky's the Limit" short by Disney.

Early life

Attwood was born in Conneaut, Ohio. Around 1917, he attended the U of M school of Architecture. After school, he worked for Overland Automobile. Attwood established the company Deceleco Inc., the predecessor company to the Unistrut Corporation, which was established in 1924. In 1926, he moved Deceleco, Inc. to Wayne, Michigan.[2]

Friendship with Walt Disney

Some accounts portray Walt and Charles meeting on a airline flight. Conversations about business led to Walt sketching the Mr. Strut logo on a napkin during the flight. By the end of the flight, they made plans to create an animated film called "The Sky's the Limit."[3] This animated clip explains the "Space Frame" like building material, while Mr. Strut installs a Unistrut system.[4]

Later Life & Philanthropy

Attwood Park in Wayne, Michigan is named after him. Paid for the legal costs for the city in 1960. Founded the Wayne Rec Department.

Charles W. Attwood died in 1964 of a brief illness.


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