Globe Iron was in operation for nearly a century. The Globe plant was located across the street from Manpower where the Jackson Square Shopping Center is currently located. Thomas T. Jones began the company in 1872, but in 1960, an explosion occurred at Globe that killed one person and injured several others. The damage to the facility was too extensive to be repaired, and Globe Iron was closed permanently. As a result, Globe offices located across the street were converted into the Manpower Training Center.
The Manpower Center operated as a vocational school to help train workers for new jobs after Globe Iron closed. In the early 1980s however, this training facility also closed. The park was named in honor of Manpower after the company donated the land to the center to create this park.