Vulcan Foundry

Vulcan street cover

This Art Deco influenced utility cover caught my eyes while I was photographing Knoxville’s US Courthouse and Post Office.  I appreciate iron works of any type.  Vulcan was a popular name for foundries, as it is the name of the Roman god of fire and smithing.  Vulcan Iron Works founded in Chicago moved to Chattanooga in the 1960s, Vulcan Foundry in Denham Springs, Louisiana was acquired by East Jordan Iron Works in 1995, and there was also a Vulcan Iron Works in Fort Worth.  So, whose cover is this?

Adding V-8441 (the number on the lower edge of the cover) to the search revealed the answer.  The Knoxville Utilities Board Standards and Specifications: Section 02080 Material provides a list of approved vendors for supplies purchased by Knoxville utilities.

Lid for square meter box frame, cast iron, V-8441, East Jordan Iron Works, Inc.

East Jordan Iron Works was founded in East Jordan, Michigan in 1883.  Currently known as simply ej, the company acquired the Vulcan Foundry in Louisiana and continue to manufacture from there, are well as other locations, and provide infrastructure materials to 150 countries.

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