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May Foundry & Machine Company

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The parks, monuments and older buildings of Salt Lake City are some of the things that make this a historical place. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit one such place called May Foundry & Machine Company, located just off I-15 and 600 North. The May Foundry is historical because it was started in 1918 and the original building is still there. For those who may not know, a foundry is a manufacturing plant that melts metal and pours it into different molds to make a certain part.

Mark May, vice president of May Foundry, was kind enough to show me around and tell me how it all started. Mark's grandfather, Reuben, immigrated to Utah from England. He partnered with a family called Lundin and together, they owned and operated the foundry. Lundin & May was strictly an iron foundry that catered to the mining industry.

After World War II, Mark's father, Jack, took over the business, bought out the Lundins and retired in the late '90s. In the '60s, the May Foundry began pouring other metals like stainless steel and eventually started exporting castings all over the world. The May Foundry now serves different industries like wastewater treatment, charcoal, carbon, pump and process equipment. The Machine Shop does general machining and rebuilds equipment. The Industrial Heat Treat Company was started in the '70s and is responsible for heating metal and cooling it at different rates to change the metal's properties.

Mark tells me he has worked at the foundry since he was a child, and he can't imagine doing anything else. He graduated in industrial engineering, worked in the machine shop, apprenticed in a pattern shop and began working in the foundry's management. Mark's son Michael also works at the foundry. The May family isn't the only repeating generation at the foundry. I also met other father and son duos and a pair of brothers.

And, there is nothing like watching liquid metal that is 3,000 degrees be poured. It was exciting!

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball, I'm speaking on business.

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