KUTZTOWN - Steel and iron and sweat and pride have been produced for nearly a century and a half along the Saucony Creek in Kutztown, Berks County. It all came to an end Sunday.
The sprawling McConway & Torley foundry complex is closing and will no longer churn out massive steel ingots or railroad-car couplings or giant teeth for earth-scooping machines. The plant had operated since 1869 under various names. The unexpected announcement on March 5 that the complex would close in two months set off a scramble for new jobs for 130 employees and, in many cases, for health-care coverage.
In a short, written statement, plant owner Trinity Industries of Dallas blamed the closing on decreased business.