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This pin is from Hungary wich contains the initials of Manfred Weis Steel and Metal Works. In 1892 they moved to a new factory.
The Manfred Weiss Steel and Metal Works was one of the largest machine factories in Hungary, located on Csepel island. It was the second largest industrial enterprise in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the biggest industrial enterprise in the Hungarian half of the Empire. It played an integral role in the heavy industry and military production.
By the time of World War I the company was one of largest defense contractors in Austria-Hungary, producing all types of equipment, from airplanes and munitions to automotive engines and cars.
By the outbreak of World War II the company had become a modern industrial conglomerate, with over 40,000 employees, a large part of its management remained largely composed of Hungarian Jews. When Nazi Germany overran Hungary in 1944, the majority of them were arrested by the Gestapo.
Badly damaged by Allied air raids and eventually pillaged during World War II, the company continued in existence until 1950, when it was nationalised and renamed to Iron and Metal Works NV.