Opened sometime in 1905 this plant represented the state-of-the-art in foundry technology. New techniques were developed here enabling the plant to reliably cast molten metal into parts and tools needed by factories, railroads and shipbuilders across the United States.
By WWII, the company was producing such high-quality products for defense work that the plant and it’s employees won the coveted U.S. Navy maritime “M” award for excellence.
After the war the business was purchased in the conglomerate boom of the 50’s and 60’s. The disconnect between leadership and the rank and file of the company led to a slow downward spiral. As the plant slowly began to decline it’s once cutting edge foundry work began to be overshadowed by other plants.
In 1984 the plant was closed. It sat dormant until 1995 when the nearby neighborhood used it to incinerate parts of houses that were being demolished nearby. It has been completely abandoned since that time.
I would have taken more pictures, but it started snowing and I was not prepared for that. I think I will have to return soon though. The level of decay is beautiful.