REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
Foundries played an important role in the history of the surrounding area but few are still in operation today. Cleveland Tennessee is the home of Cleveland Foundry and Manufacturing, a small family owned and operated gray iron casting business. For three generations this foundry has cast metal the old fashioned way and continues to employ this process. The workers are as much artisans as laborers as they work with sand and molten metal to create anything from functional assembly parts to artistic trinkets.
Local schools and organizations have enjoyed tours of this working foundry. The process provides for a spectacular sight with glowing molten metal being poured into hand crafted molds. Cleveland Foundry and Manufacturing is located at 685 6th Street NE in Cleveland Tennessee. Call 423-476-5061 for more information or to schedule a tour.