2013-03-14 / Local & State

Kutztown Foundry To Close, 130 To Lose Jobs

READING, Pa. (AP) – The owner of a foundry that has been in Kutztown for 144 years says a decline in demand is behind the decision to close the facility, eliminating 130 jobs.

McConway & Torley LLC will close its plant on May 5 and lay off 130 workers because of a drop in demand Nancy Farrar, a spokeswoman for Trinity Industries Inc. – the Dallas, Texasbased company that owns McConway – told the Reading Eagle newspaper in its Thursday edition.

The plant has been in use since 1869 and was purchased by McConway in March 1980.

In 2007, the company laid off 149 workers.

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