The Furnaces of Rivertownes

Modern Industries

Furnace Legacy Survives

The legacy of the anthracite furnaces is carried on today by a number of local industries. This is not intended as an all encompassing list.

New Jersey Shell Castings

Located in the West End of Marietta, this small foundry displayed some of its' aluminum castings at Rivertownes' 2004 Pig Iron Fest.






Anvil International, Inc. , formerly Grinnell Co. is located at 1411 Lancaster Avenue in Columbia and is engaged in the production of malleable iron pipe fittings. In business for over 80 years, it is one of Columbia's largest employers.





Colonial Metals

Another large employer in Columbia is Colonial Metals, located at 217 Linden St. The company primarily produces brass, bronze, and aluminum from scrap and recycled materials.






The Donsco foundry is located on Front Street at the foot of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Wrightsville. Founded in 1907 as Riverside Foundry this firm is an integral part of local metalworking history. They cast, machine, paint, powder coat, and finish parts for a wide range of industries.






Zimmerman Foundries Co.

Located virtually atop the original iron ore deposits of Chestnut Hill, Zimmerman Foundries, 637 Hempfield Hill Road outside Columbia, produces superior quality bronze and aluminum plaques. Zimmerman produced the plaque that will eventually be displayed at the restored Musselman-Vesta Furnace Office Building





Frank Sahd Salvage Center

The Frank Sahd Salvage Center located at 1045 Lancaster Avenue in Columbia is a major provider of raw materials in the form of recycled scrap metal for a wide range of industries. This family owned business is a major supporter of Rivertownes activities.





John Wright Company

The John Wright Company warehouse store on North Front Street in Wrightsville serves as a retail outlet for a variety of iron products for the home, some of which are made locally. The co-located restaurant is an ideal venue for viewing events along the Susquehanna River.




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