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Pontiac in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Molten Metal

at Automotive Foundries in Pontiac

 
 
Molten Metal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
1. Molten Metal Marker
Inscription.  Workers in Pontiac handled the fires of furnacesto cast parts for the dynamic automobile industry. In the mid-1920's, the Wilson Foundry & Machine Company on the south side of Pontiac was the largest automotive foundry in the world. To meet incredible demand, Wilson actively recruited workers in the Southern States and elsewhere. In 1928 the large Pontiac Foundry opened on the north side of town to make parts for cars and trucks, and by 1941 it was pouring 200,000 tons of iron. Into the 1970's the foundry supplied parts to various divisions of General motors, but inability to expand, cost of modernization and declining demand led to its closing in 1987.
You Auto Know
Automotive parts are often cast in "grey iron" which mixes in graphite to make them lighter and easier to shape.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 42° 38.228′ N, 83° 17.526′ 
Molten Metal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
2. Molten Metal Marker
Close-up of left side
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W. Marker is in Pontiac, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on North Saginaw Street 0.1 miles north of West Pike Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 N Saginaw St, Pontiac MI 48342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parades and People-Watching (within shouting distance of this marker); Outstanding Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); Inspiration Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Building Trucks In Pontiac (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Trail To Pavement (about 300 feet away); Pontiac's Coach Builders (about 300 feet away); A Record Of Innovation (about 400 feet away); Pontiac Thrived (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
 
Molten Metal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
3. Molten Metal Marker
Close-up of right side
Molten Metal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
4. Molten Metal Marker
Marker just north of Fillmore 13 Brewery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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