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Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company Conshohocken Pennsylvania

Aerial view of the Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

This 1915 aerial view of the Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company along the Schuylkill River shows the factory complex in proximity to the railroad and a bridge over the river, with portions of Conshohocken in the distance. (Library Company of Philadelphia)

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On the west side of Philadelphia, ten miles up the Schuylkill River, the town of Conshohocken spawned iron works on a canal alongside an unnavigable stretch of river. The first foundry was built in 1844. The longest-surviving firm was Alan Wood & Co., which established the Schuylkill Iron Works plant there in 1857. By 1920 Alan Wood Steel could produce 500,000 tons of steel a year. It remained the economic mainstay of Conshohocken until the mid-twentieth century.

This aerial view of the Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company from 1915 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, shows the factory complex as it sits on the bank of the Schuylkill River and straddles Conshohocken Road. The main facility was designed by the architecture firm of Savory, Scheetz, & Savory and built in 1910. Railroad tracks and bridges over the river are visible as are portions of the city of Conshohocken in the distance.

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  1. My father graduated from Lehigh in 1925 as a mettalurgist. His first job was working at Allan Wood. He an another man shared the position each working twelve hours a day. On Sundays they would alternate each working twenty four hours. My father claimed that there were African- Americans working there who could speak only Pennsylvania Dutch.

    Long time ago.

    Gregory Purdy Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm
  2. Does anyone know who made the custom-made drapes for Alan Wood’s Corporate office on Conshohocken Road? They were screen printed with all the scenes of steel-making, including the
    office building itself, and the company’s LOGO.

    Margie Nelk Posted March 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm

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