Sharon Steel Castings Company

Sharon Steel Castings Company

The Sharon Steel Casting Company, Frank Buhl, president; Samuel McClure, vice-president; Daniel Eagan, secretary and general manager; John Forker, treasurer; B. F. Watkins, superintendent; and selling agent, S. P. Davidson, 117 Monroe Street, Chicago, was organized in February, 1887. The commodious works, located on the northern limits of the town, were erected the same year, and the first steel was made on the 26th of August. The equipment consists of one fifteen-ton Siemens-Martin open hearth furnace. The product is steel castings of all kinds, the annual capacity being 10,000 net tons. This is the only steel plant in Mercer County. Though its history is yet limited, it is safe to say it is turning out the finest quality of steel castings, and its product is second to none.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 197

Biography of Samuel McClure

Biography of John Forker

The Sharon works of the American Steel Foundries originated in the Sharon Steel Casting Company, which was organized in February. 1887, and was the first steel plant in Mercer county. Its equipment consisted of an open—hearth furnace, and the first steel was made there August 26, 1887. The organizers of the company were F. H. Buhl, Daniel Eagan and Samuel McClure. Mr. Buhl was president, Mr. McClure, vice president, and Mr. Eagan, who later became first vice president of the national corporation, was secretary and general manager. The plant was acquired by the American Steel Casting Company, which in 1902 became a constituent company of the American Steel Foundries. 

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, page 358



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