Saturday, January 31, 2009

Armorcast (BIrdsboro Steel Foundry and Machine Co)

An historic landmark or eye-sore, depending on your point of view, will likely be scheduled for demolition in the next year or so. (Reading Eagle article)

Seemingly known by multiple names from mulitple eras, the more common one seems to be Armorcast and Birdsboro Steel Foundry and Machine Company.

No doubt most long time Birdsboro residents feel some sort of connection with the foundry for it employed over 1,400 people during it's prime and it's four towering smoke stacks have been a fixture of the skyline for decades.

A little research indicated that the building has had multiple uses over it's long history, namely a tank manufacturer. Many Sherman and Patton tanks that were icons of the battlefields in WWII and the Korean War were created here. Prior to the tanks, it forged Navy ship parts.


  1. Now a year later, I was just there this morning. What a feeling of sadness I had photographing there - how many men must have been employed there at one time. I can't wait to make it back there to fire off some more shots before it's gone.

  2. It's currently in the process of being demolished. If you want pictures you need to get there soon.

  3. Does anyone know where I can locate the construction site drawings for the facility?